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"I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe ... Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. -- From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy."
Daniel Webster (more quotes by Daniel Webster or books by/about Daniel Webster)
(1782-1852) US Senator
June 1, 1837; Works 1:403
Integrity, Intelligence, Power, Responsibility, Trust, Usurpation, Vigilance, Wisdom