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James Madison

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

It seems impossible to imagine now, but once upon a time, a US president used to be able to write something like that.

Oh how the great have fallen.