1200. (1-17-2011) A mere demarcation on parchment of the constitutional limits of several departments, is not a sufficient guard against those encroachments which lead to a tyrannical concentration of all the powers of government in the same hands.
- James Madison – Federalist, No. XLVIII, 1788
1201. (1-17-2011) Inspired by a sense of rationalism but guided by the experience of history, through this process our Constitution was brought about.)ATJ The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon (in a time of peace)ATJ, and choosing the forms of government under which they should live. All other constitutions have derived their existence from violence or accidental circumstances, and are therefore probably more distant from their perfection.
- John Jay – Quoted by M. Oakeshott – Rationalism in Politics, 1777
1202. (1-17-2011) (Now consider this.)ATJ Experience must be our guide. Reason may mislead us. It was not Reason that discovered the singular and admirable mechanism of the English Constitution. It was not Reason that discovered…the odd, and in the eye of those who are governed by reason, the absurd mode of trial by Jury. Accidents probably produced these discoveries, and experience has given a sanction to them. This is then our guide.
- John Dickenson – The Records of the Federal Convention, 1787