Todd Weber's Random Thoughts

May 30, 2009

On Government…

Filed under: Politics — tkweber @ 11:17 pm

“I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature, and that power whether vested in many or few is ever grasping…The great fish swallow up the small [she had continued] and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power, is as eager after the prerogatives of government. You tell me of degrees of perfection to which human nature is capable of arriving, and I believe it, but at the same time lament that our admiration should arise from the scarcity of the instances.” (Abigail Adams quoted in John Adams, by David McCullough, 101)

“We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is a great danger that those governments will not make us happy. God grant they may. But I fear that in every assembly, members will obtain an influence by noise not sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls…” (John Adams, ibid, 106) 

This sounds a lot like the present state of our government.

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