Madison

The 4th President, author of the Bill of Rights, Secretary of State, a promoter of the new Constitution and a contributor to the Federalist Papers. He was involved in the founding of the country and left behind a trove of writing, including this observation.

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
James Madison

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