If Men Were Angels…

“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. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” – James Madison, Federalist #51

The Framers struggle with giving the new government enough power to govern, but not enough to suppress the hard won liberties and freedoms of the People.

If Men Were Angels

Original Airdate: February 25, 2010

[audio http://www.slipperyfish.com:8080/wp/ct_2012/2010-04_if_men_angels.mp3]

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on February 25, 2010, in Art 1 Sect 1, Article 1, Broadcast, Uniformity and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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