The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which
The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the
metes and bounds which separate each department [Religion and Government]
of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of
them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights
of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment exceed
the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants.
The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by
themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.
---- James Madison
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