• “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 (1788)
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  • “We have seen the mere distinction of color made in the most enlightened period of time, a ground of the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man.” ~James Madison (1787)
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  • “The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” ~James Madison, Federalist No. 10 (1787)
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  • “Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” ~James Madison (1791)
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  • “The advantage of being armed, which the Americans
    possess over the people of almost every other nation . . . forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition . . . The several kingdoms of Europe . . . are afraid to trust the people with arms.” ~James Madison, Federalist Papers

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  • “Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.” ~James Madison (1788)
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  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” ~James Madison Federalist No. 51 (1788)
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  • “I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable … exercise of its powers … What a metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology were to be taken in its modern sense.” ~James Madison to Henry Lee, June 25, 1824
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  • “Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure.” ~James Madison (1778)
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  • “If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice.” ~James Madison (1789)
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