James MadisonJames Madison, (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President

James Madison Quote

“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. 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 MadisonJames Madison
~ James Madison

Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Any government that controls the governed is antithetical to a We The People's representative republic.

Jim k, Austin

L. Neal Smith said, correctly, that government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure.


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