Political Power Increases But Rarely Lessens

George Bryan and John Smilie published a series of eight articles signed by “An Old Whig” from October 1787 to February 1788, expressing concern about the ratification of the newly-drafted Constitution of the United States. Among the warnings contained in the articles was this observation about political power:

“It is a matter of immense consequence, in establishing a government which is to last for ages, and which, if it be suffered to depart from the principles of liberty in the beginning, will in all probability, never return to them, that we consider carefully what sort of government we are about to form. Power is very easily increased; indeed it naturally grows in every government, but it hardly ever lessens.”

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