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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Founders' Daily Quote 9/11/2005

Monday, August 22, 2005
"It seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind." --Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 1, 27 October 1787)
Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 1.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
"The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power." --Alexander Hamilton (The Farmer Refuted, 23 February 1775)
Reference: Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton, Frisch (21)

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
"Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils." --Benjamin Franklin (An Address to the Public, November 1789)
Reference: Franklin: Collected Works, Lemay, ed. (1154)

Monday, August 29, 2005
"Nothing has yet been offered to invalidate the doctrine that the meaning of the Constitution may as well be ascertained by the Legislative as by the Judicial authority." --James Madison (speech in the Congress of the United States,
18 June 1789)
Reference: Original Intent, Barton (365); original The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, vol. 1 (568)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
"The powers of congress must be defined, but their means must be adequate to the purposes of their constitution. It is possible there may be abuses and misapplications; still, it is better to hazard something than to hazard at all." --Oliver Ellsworth (letter to Governor Trumbull, 7/10/1783)
Reference: History of the Formation of the Constitution of the United States of America, Bancroft, vol. 1 (324) [Sheehan (4:4)]

Thursday, September 1, 2005
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." --James Madison (speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, 2 December 1829)
Reference: resp. quoted