Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed…
Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt.
Context: Speech on the Federal Constitution, Virginia Ratifying Convention
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