Liberty Quotation of the Day: James Madison on Gradual and Silent Encroachment

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James MadisonSince the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations . . . .”

James Madison, Speech at the Virginia Convention to Ratify the Constitution, June 6, 1788