354. As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by political jealousy of some among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.
- Alexander Hamilton or James Madison – The Federalist – No. 55, or in other words Publius, 1787-1788
359. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?
- Alexander Hamilton or James Madison – The Federalist No. 62, 1787-1788
(Bills are introduced in Congress containing hundreds, thousands of pages that are passed and implemented haphazardly over years. It certainly sounds like Alexander knew exactly what he was talking about.)ATJ
361. But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering hopes. No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.
- Alexander Hamilton – The Federalist No. 66, 1787-1788