Alexis de Tocqueville

Democracy in America.

"Jefferson also said: 'The executive power in our government is not the only, perhaps not even the principal, object of my solicitude. The tyranny of the legislature is really the danger most to be feared, and will continue to be so for many years to come. . .'"1a PAINE JEFFERSON AYOUB

"Unlimited power is in itself a bad and dangerous thing. Human beings are not competent to exercise it with discretion. . . When I see that the right and the means of absolute command are conferred on any power whatever . . . I say there is the germ of tyranny . . . In my opinion, the main evil of the present democratic institutions of the United States does not arise . . . from their weaknesses, but from their irresistible strength."1b PAINE


1 Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859). Democracy in America. Edited and Abridged by Richard D. Heffner, 1956, 1984. New York, NY: Penguin Books USA Inc.
a The Greatest Dangers of the American Republics Proceed from the Omnipotence of the Majority, Quote from Jefferson, at 120-121.)
b Tyranny of the Majority, at 113-115.