• “Democratic and aristocratic states are not in their own nature free. Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments; and even in these it is not always found. It is there only when there is no abuse of power. But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.” ~Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
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  • “Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.” ~Charles-Louis De Secondat Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
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  • “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ~Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
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  • It is the nature of a Republican (or popular) Government that . . . the collective body of the people . . . should be possessed of the Supreme Power . . . In a Popular State, one spring more is necessary, namely virtue . . . the Politic Greeks, who lived un a Popular Government, know no other support than virtue . . . When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it, and avarice possesses the whole community . . . When, in a popular Government, there is a suspension o the laws, as this can proceed only from the corruption of the Republic, the State is certainly undone.” ~Baron Montesquieu
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  • “Nor is there liberty if the power of judging is ot separated from Legislative power and from Executive Power. If it were joined to the Legislative Power, the power over life and liberty of the citizens would be arbitrary, for the judge would be the Legislator. If it were joined to Executive Power the judge could have the force of an oppressor. All would be lost if the same . . . body of principal men . . . exercised the three powers” ~Montesquieu
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  • “Society must repose (or rest) on principles that do not change” ~Montesquieu
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  • Society … must repose on principles that do not change” ~Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748
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  • “Nor is there liberty if the power of judging is not separated from legislative power and from executive power. If it were joined to legislative power, the power over life and liberty of the citizens would be arbitrary, for the judge would be the legislator. If it were joined to executive power, the judge could have the force of an oppressor. All would be lost if the same . . . body of principal men . . . exercised these three powers.” ~Baron Montesquieu, the most quoted writer by the Framers of the Constitution, warning of the dangers of uncontrolled judicial power in his Spirit of the Laws, 1748
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  • “Nor is there liberty if the power of judging is not separated from legislative power and from executive power. If it were joined to legislative power, the power over life and liberty of the citizens would be arbitrary, for the JUDGE would be the legislator. If it were joined to executive power, the JUDGE could have the force of an oppressor. All would be lost if the same . . . body of principal men . . . exercised these three powers.
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The Errors of Political Parties

  • Nor is there liberty if the power of Judging is not separated from Legislative power and from Executive power. If it were joined to Legislative power, the power over life and liberty of the citizens would be arbitrary, for the Judge would be the Legislator [such as with “Activist Judges.” In our system, it is supposed to be the Legislators make the laws; the Executive signs it into law and all the judges are supposed to do is to make sure the law is applied as the Legislators — and founders — intended. But for the Justices to decide how they view the law should be applied, they would be legislating from the bench]. If it were joined to the Executive Power, the Judge could have the force of an Oppressor. All would be lost if the same . . . body of principal men . . . exercised these three powers. ~Montesquieu, The Spirit of Law
  • Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the Constitutional rights of the place. If angels were to Govern men, neither external or internal controls on Government would be necessary. ~James Madison, The Federalist Paper 51
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