"Complaints are every where heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable; that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties; and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice, and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Federalist no. 10
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 -- Ronw13, Oregon      
A very good quote.
 -- Jim K, Austin     
    After reading several biographies of our founding fathers, I am amazed at their foresight. Issues they fought are forever arising again and again. But they saw them as the nature of man that must be restrained and they devised a system that at least creates a battlefield so that these issues don't just slip in without notice.
     -- SCSURFR, La Mirada     
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    At the laws of nature and of nature's God, inalienable rights and justice, there is no public faith or liberty. It is a misnomer that allows theocratic socialism to become the tyrannous slave master as now infests this land.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Another argument for republican government, rather than democratic oligarchy.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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