In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. –Thomas Jefferson
God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. –James Madison, chief architect of the Constitution
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. –Thomas Paine
John Adams said, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. Oct. 11, 1798, Address to the military