Most bad government results from…

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one half the wars of the world.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson, quoted in The Journal, a Summit Ministries newsletter; March, 2009

Our judges are as honest as other men…

Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have—with others—the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps…. And the more power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible—as the other funtionaries are—to the elective central.

Thomas Jefferson, September 28, 1820; quoted in The Journal, a Summit Ministries Publication, June 2008