Monday, February 18, 2013
I've long held that the founding fathers were some of the most brilliant men to have ever walked on earth. Here is but one more example of their prescience:
"Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it is sacred next to those which we appropriate in divine adoration; but in the mouths of some it means anything, which enervate a necessary government; excite a jealousy of the rulers who are our own choice, and keep society in confusion for want of a power sufficiently concentered to promote good."
--Oliver Ellsworth, A Landholder, No. III, 1787