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Founding Father Knows Best

A torrent of angry and malignant passions will be let loose. To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives.

An enlightened zeal for the energy and efficiency of government will be stigmatized as the offspring of a temper fond of despotic power and hostile to the principles of liberty.

An over-scrupulous jealousy of danger to the rights of the people, which is more commonly the fault of the head than of the heart, will be represented as mere pretense and artifice, the stale bait for popularity at the expense of the public good. It will be forgotten, on the one hand, that jealousy is the usual concomitant of love, and that the noble enthusiasm of liberty is apt to be infected with a spirit of narrow and illiberal distrust.

On the other hand, it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government.

History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Federalist #1


  1. right on

  2. Luther Von Baconson

    June 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Hamilton IV

  3. I think that this is about the “sit in” in Congress. The we’ll meaning Democrats trying to stop people on a secret list from getting guns. It sounds good if you say “terror watch list” but it’s a slippery slope. I am not sure what the right thing to do is, but I find this troubling. For the record I can’t support the Republican agenda of no gun regulation at all any more than the Democrats over reach. In my kindest moments I’m hoping that this is just a bargaining position.

    • Republicans* don’t want “no” gun regulation. Hell, there is a ton of regulation. I’m sure some sales slip through cracks, but in buying guns in Virginia for a couple of decades I have never once been able to buy a gun without a background check at a store or at a show.

      *I am not a Republican or Democrat. I am sickened by them both.

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