The Deterioration of Government

The deterioration of every government begins with
the decay of the principles on which it was founded
~Charles-Louis de Secondat

  • “It has long, however, been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1821)
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  • “The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.” ~Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
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  • “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” ~James Madison (1788)
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  • “Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction.” ~W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
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  • “[T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established … are the two sheet anchors of our Union. If driven from either, we shall be in danger of foundering.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1823)
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  • “I personally would not get into categorizing precedents as super-precedents or super-duper precedents. Any sort of categorization like that sort of reminds me of the size of the laundry detergent in the supermarket.” ~Judge Samuel Alito
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  • “Federal judges have the duty to interpret the Constitution and the laws faithfully and fairly, to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, and to do these things with care and with restraint, always keeping in mind the limited role that the courts play in our constitutional system. And I pledge that if confirmed I will do everything within my power to fulfill that responsibility.” ~Judge Samuel Alito
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  • “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” ~John Adams
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  • “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” ~John Adams
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  • “It is vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. . . . Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty.” ~John Adams
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