James Madison: Founding Father Quote
James Madison Quote
United States Founding Father
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.
: Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788
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