Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison (1751-1836) American statesman, political theorist, US President (1809-17)
Speech in the Virginia Convention, Richmond (6 Jun. 1788)

In defense of the Constitution.
Added on 29-Aug-07 | Last updated 29-Aug-07
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