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Some thoughts to consider
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"Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed upon the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty. " 1788 Patric Henry

"Trust no man living with the power to endanger the public liberty." John Adams

" The essence of government is power ; and power lodged in human hands as it must be, will ever be liable for abuse." James Madison

" Power is intoxicating and men who are legally vested with it, to often discover a disposition to make an ill use of it & an unwillingness to part with it." Samuel Adams

" All artful rulers, who strive to extend their power beyond its just limits, endeavor to give to their attempts as much semblance of legality as possible." John Dickinson

" It must be never forgotten, that the liberties of the people are not so safe under the gracious manner of government as by the limitation of power."
Richard Henry Lee

" When the power is in the few it is natural for them to sacrifice the many for their on partialities and corruption." James Madison

" In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution."
Thomas Jefferson 1798

People talking like this in many countries would end up in jail or worse. It is amazing how the times have changed ... I just posted these thoughts from people who were great minds IMO and who knew human nature . You do not have to look very far to see their words were true then just as they are today.
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