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"All good government is and must be republican. But at the same time, you can or will agree with me, that there is not in lexicography a more fraudulent word... Are we not, my friend, in danger of rendering the word republican unpopular in this country by an indiscreet, indeterminate, and equivocal use of it? [...] Whenever I use the word republic with approbation, I mean a government in which the people have collectively, or by representation, an essential share in the sovereignty... the republican forms in Poland and Venice are much worse, and those of Holland and Bern very little better, than the monarchical form in France before the late revolution."
John Adams (more quotes by John Adams or books by/about John Adams)
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Adams to Samuel Adams, 18 Oct, 1789 in Works, VI:415,420-421
America, Government, Republic, Sovereignty