"Who are a free people? Not those over whom government is exercised,
but those who live under a government so constitutionally checked and
controlled that proper provision is made against its being otherwise
exercised."
by:
John Dickenson
(1732-1808)
Source:
Farmer’s Letters, 1767
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This has certainly changed. Our legislators don't care about Constitutional checks.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    I would have given the quote 5 stars if it had stated 'live with' instead of 'under'. Any word salad that may leave an impression or understanding that the individual is not master and government his underling is ultimately destructive to freedom.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Good message but too cumbersome of wording to be easily remembered.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    The presidential veto seems to do away with that being exercised.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    The People can only be free if their government is strictly restrained.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I don't know it was just too short for me
    "Picky much?"
     -- Ilean, Lalalala land     
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