"The essence of Government is power;
and power, lodged as it must be in human hands,
will ever be liable to abuse."
by:
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
Speech, Virginia State Convention, 2 December 1829
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
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Hence, the US Constitution...
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    A vital piece of wisdom, especially when one considers that one person's utopia is nearly always another's nightmare.
     -- Eric Engstrom, Wichita, KS     
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    Power in human hands is not just liable to abuse, it is as close to a certainty as anything. That is especially true when we allow some inner, elite circle of a few men do the governing year after year.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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