|Benjamin Franklin, before the Constitutional Convention, (June 2, 1787):
"... as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between
the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this
has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or
enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes
constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the
people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute
among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at
pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharoah, get
first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever ..."
|"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of
good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."