Choice by the people themselves is not generally distinguished for its wisdom.
Convinced that the republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind, my prayers & efforts shall be cordially distributed to the support of that we have so happily established. It is indeed an animating thought that, while we are securing the rights of ourselves & our posterity, we are pointing out the way to struggling nations who wish, like us, to emerge from their tyrannies also. Heaven help their struggles, and lead them, as it has done us, triumphantly thro’ them.
I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both.
Everyone may openly covet everyone else’s property, as long as he appeals to democracy; and everyone may act on his desire for another man’s property, provided that he finds entrance into government.
Democracy is the rule of the people, right or wrong.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Our country’s founders cherished liberty, not democracy.
A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.