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Quote from Thomas Jefferson,

"Parties are... censors of the conduct of each other,
and useful watchmen for the public.
Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties:
1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers
from them into the hands of the higher classes.
2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them,
cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe,
although not the most wise, depository of the public interests.
In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where
they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves.
Call them, therefore,... Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists,
Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please,
they are the same parties still, and pursue the same object."


Thomas Jefferson (more quotes by Thomas Jefferson or books by/about Thomas Jefferson)

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President


Congress, Government, Politics, Power, Aristocracy, Democracy, Republic


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