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