It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our right; that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism; free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes the limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power; that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no farther, our confidence may go ...
In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
~ Thomas Jefferson (The Kentucky Resolutions, 1798)
30 August 2014
Quote of the Day
When the talking heads or politicians tell us that everything they're doing is for our own good ... when they assure us that they have our best interests at heart ... when they assure us that something must be done right now, consider this from a man smarter than any of us: