Strongly guarded as is the separation between religion and government in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history
More Quotes from James Madison:A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
The proposed Constitution. . . is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution but a composition of both.
The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.
A cool and candid people will at once reflect that the purest of human blessings must have a portion of alloy in them, that the choice must always be made, if not of the lesser evil, at least of the greater, not the perfect, good.
The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
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