“Every generation needs a new revolution.”
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive."
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
"If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions."
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lost both, and deserve neither."
All of the above are quotes of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States. Our founding fathers feared the power of government to infringe upon the rights of the people. At that time in history most of the governments, past and present, were totalitarian in nature and the people were universally oppressed. Our founding fathers had a bold, reckless notion to create a new form of government that would be by and for the people and would answer to them.