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Quote from John C. Calhoun,


"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."


By:

John C. Calhoun (more quotes by John C. Calhoun or books by/about John C. Calhoun)


(1782-1850) American statesman, US Senator from South Carolina

Source:

Speech given in the US Senate against the Force Bill, February 16, 1833
http://www.apstudent.com/ushistory/docs1801/calhoun2.htm

Categories:

Constitution, Democracy, Government, Republic, Tyranny

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