Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: Perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be …
All the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.
In my many years, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress.