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John Randolph of Roanoke: “sacrificing some great principle of government to temporary passion”

31 August 2015

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“I have said, on a former occasion, and if I were Philip, I would employ a man to say it every day, that the people of this country, if ever they lose their liber­ties, will do it by sacrificing some great principle of government to temporary passion. There are certain great principles, which if they be not held inviolate, at all seasons, our liberty is gone. If we give them up, it is perfectly immaterial what is the character of our Sovereign; whether he be King or President, elec­tive or hereditary—it is perfectly immaterial what is his character—we shall be slaves. It is not an elective government which will preserve us.”
– John Randolph of Roanoke

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