Fisher Ames Quote
I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful. I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but... I would guard it by making the laws strong enough to protect it.
Works of Fisher Ames: With a Selection from His Speeches and Correspondence (ed. Burt Franklin, 1854)