John Lansing, Jr.John Lansing, Jr., (1754-1829) American lawyer, politician

John Lansing, Jr. Quote

“All free constitutions are formed with two views -- to deter the governed from crime, and the governors from tyranny.”

John Lansing, Jr.John Lansing, Jr.
~ John Lansing, Jr.

Debate, Constitutional Convention, 1787

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

He got it half right, maybe that is another reason why he walked out of the Convention and didn't sign the Constitution.

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Mike, Norwalk 10/8/20

The US Constitution was originally formed as a rule book for the government, not the people.  In time, the tone and context shifted to positivist law yoking the people with duties and obligations to transfer labor and property to the government.  We've come a long way, baby.

warren, olateh

Good quotes say much with little words.

E Archer, NYC

I think we should be focusing more on the second half of the quote.

Ronw13, Idaho
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Ronw13, Idaho E Archer, NYC 10/12/20

So True Archer, timing is everything. 

Robert, Sarasota

Unfortunately the governors are not being governed.

Bloemer, Cincinnati

Hell Yeah!

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Dinkleburg    12/4/15


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spencer, yodaddy

Sounds about right 

yolo, for real

yes!!! for real!!

yolo, for real

im so sorryi didnt mean it

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

I think we need a free constitution.


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