But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? 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.
Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks?no form of government can render us secure.
?Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.?
?The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.?