• “[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution.” ~Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Paper No. 81 (1787)
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  • “In the first place it is to be remembered that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.” ~James Madison, Federalist 14 (1787)
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  • “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” ~James Madison, Federalist Paper #51
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  • “The subject speaks to its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the union, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world.” ~Alexander Hamilton
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  • “In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” ~Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 31
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  • “Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.” ~Alexander Hamilton Federalist No. 34 (1787)
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  • “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” He insisted in No. 57, “The aim of every political Constitution is or ought to be first to obtain for rulers, men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous, whilst they continue to hold their public trust.” ~James Madison
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  • “Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” ~Alexander Hamilton Federalist No. 1
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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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  • “Every consideration that can influence the human mind, such as honor, oaths, reputation, conscience, the love of country, and family affections and attachments, afford security for their fidelity.” ~John Jay in Federalist No. 64, 1788
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