"The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded." C. L. De Montesquieu [Montesquieu, Charles Louis de Secondat] (1689-1755) Baron de Montesquieu, Source: The Spirit of the Laws, VIII, 1752
"I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave." H.L. Mencken
"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." Thomas Jefferson
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