Friday, October 24, 2008

Over-Grown Power

"Power, especially over-grown power, whets the ambition and sets all the wits to work to enlarge it. Therefore, encroachments on people’s liberties are not generally made all at once, but so gradually as hardly to be perceived by the less watchful; and all plastered over, it may be, with such plausible pretenses, that before they are aware of the snare, they are taken and cannot disentangle themselves.”

Samuel Webster (Election sermon, 1777)

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