As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments…




As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments…

As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments… --James Madison

As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments, and actually will in all free governments ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers; so there are particular moments in public affairs, when the people stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow mediated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice and truth, can regain their authority over the public mind?

James Madison

Year: 1788
Context: Federalist No. 63
Tags: authority, community, condemn, free, illicit, lament, men, misrepresentations, passion, people, rulers, salutary, temperate



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