Quote from John C. Calhoun 

"The government of the absolute majority is but the government of the strongest interests; and when not effectively checked, is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised... [To read the Constitution is to realize that] no free system was ever farther removed from the principle that the absolute majority, without check or limitation, ought to govern."

Quote by:
John C. Calhoun
(1782-1850) American statesman, US Senator from South Carolina
Source:
Speech given in the US Senate against the Force Bill, February 16, 1833 http://www.apstudent.com/ushistory/docs1801/calhoun2.htm
 
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