Tag Archives: James Madison

First Principles: Happily For Mankind, Liberty Is not…Confined…But Lies Within Extremes, Which Afford Sufficient Latitude For All the Variations Which May Be Required

“Happily for mankind, liberty is not, in this respect, confined to any single point of time, but lies within extremes, which afford sufficient latitude for all the variations which may be required by the various situations and circumstances of civil … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Elective Despotism Was Not the Government We Fought For

“An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Impossible For the Man of Pious Reflection Not To Perceive In It A Finger of That Almighty Hand Which Has Been So Frequently and Signally Extended To Our Relief In the Critical Stages of the Revolution

“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution“ – James … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is Not A More Important and Fundamental Principle In Legislation, Than That the Ways and Means Ought Always To Face the Public Engagements; That Our Appropriations Should Ever Go Hand In Hand With Our Promises

“There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our appropriations should ever go hand in hand with our promises. – James Madison, 1790

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First Principles: I Cannot Undertake To Lay My Finger On That Article of the Constitution Which Granted A Right To Congress of Expending, On Objects of Benevolence, the Money of Their Constituents…”

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents…” – James Madison

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First Principles: The Legislative Department Is Everywhere Extending the Sphere of Its Activity and Drawing All Power Into Its Impetuous Vortex

“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.” – James Madison (1788)

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First Principles: We May Define A Republic To Be…A Government Which Derives All Its Powers Directly Or Indirectly From…the People

“We may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices … Continue reading

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First Principles: Knowledge Will Forever Govern Ignorance

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is A Degree of Depravity In Mankind Which Requires A Certain Degree of Circumspection and Distrust

“There is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust.” – James Madison

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First Principles: Had Every Athenian Citizen Been A Socrates, Every Athenian Assembly Would Still Have Been A Mob

“Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.” – James Madison (1788)

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