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Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to James Madison, 1789:

"... No society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it then, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their usufruct. They are masters too of their own persons, and consequently may govern them as they please. But persons and property make the sum of the objects of government. The constitution and the laws of their predecessors extinguished then in their natural course with those who gave them being. This could preserve that being till it ceased to be itself, and no longer.

"Every constitution then, and every law, should naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right...It might be indeed if every form of government were so perfectly contrived that the will of the majority could always be obtained fairly and without impediment. But this is true of no form. The people cannot assemble themselves. Their representation is unequal and vicious. Various checks are opposed to every legislative proposition. Factions get possession of the public councils. Bribery corrupts them. Personal interests lead them astray from the general interests of their constituents: and other impediments arise so as to prove to every practical man that a law of limited duration is much more manageable...

"At first blush it may be rallied, as a theoretical speculation: but examination will prove it to be solid and salutary. It would furnish matter for a fine preamble to our first law for appropriating the public revenue; and it will exclude at the threshold of our new government the contagious and ruinous errors of this quarter of the globe, which have armed despots with means, not sanctioned by nature, for binding in chains their fellow men. We have already given in example one effectual check to the Dog of war by transferring the power of letting him loose from the Executive to the Legislative body, from those who are to spend to those who are to pay. I should be pleased to see this second obstacle held out by us also in the first instance."
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If I could, I would make this obligatory read for some people before they are allowed to critique.
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It never ceases to amaze me when the frogs suddenly appear after rainstorms in Tucson. Are they always around, but just choose to remain silent until it rains? Do they materialize out of puddles?!
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Everyone, check out my thrice-weekly comic strip, Foxing Quires: today, Leroy contributes his two cents.
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Brenda's back-story wraps up in today's Foxing Quires.
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It's part two of Brenda's back-story in today's Foxing Quires!
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