"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."
John C. Calhoun
(1782-1850) American statesman, US Senator from South Carolina
Speech given in the US Senate against the Force Bill, February 16, 1833
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