Samuel Langdon

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… every nation, when able and agreed, has a right to set up over themselves any form of government which to them may appear most conducive to their common welfare.
… let them who cry up the divine right of Kings consider, that the only form of government which had a proper claim to a divine establishment was so far from including the idea of a King, that it was a high crime for Israel to ask to be in this respect like other nations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A faction may beat a faction, at a pretty fair and even conflict; but in a fair and full contest, it can never beat the people. The great art of factions is to keep the decision from the body of the people. Lobbying & Special Interests
Can the amazing national debt be paid by a little trifling sum squeezed from year to year out of America?.... Would it not be much superior wisdom, and sounder policy, for a distressed kingdom to retrench the vast unnecessary expenses continually incurred by its enormous vices? Budgets & Budgeting
Former good legislators have erred, and those of the best polity may err again, and enact laws which ought to be disobeyed and resisted. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
If the great servants of the public forget their duty, betray their trust and sell their country, or make war against the most valuable rights and privileges of the people; reason and justice require that they should be discarded, and others appointed in their room, without any regard to formal resignations of their forfeited power. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In every state, good or bad, there will be a number of restless, subtle, crafty, turbulent and ungovernable spirits; who by writings and intrigues, will be exciting discontent and stirring up mischief: and will molest and embarrass the best as well as the worst administration. Freedom & Liberty
The [ancient] Jewish government according to the original constitution which was divinely established, if considered merely in a civil view, was a perfect Republic…. the civil Polity of Israel is doubtless an excellent general model, allowing for some peculiarities; at least some principal laws and orders of it may be copied, to great advantage, in more modern establishments. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights