“In the legislation of Congress, also, and in every measure of the General Government, justice to every portion of the United States should be faithfully observed. No free Government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism; and if the sordid feelings of mere selfishness shall usurp the place which ought to be filled by public spirit, the legislation of Congress will soon be converted into a scramble for personal and sectional advantages. Andrew Jackson Farewell Address, March 4, 1837”
We have been warned before, during, and after the Founding of the potential for abuse of power by our elected officials. Jackson was correct when he said, No free Government can stand without virtue in the people, and a lofty spirit of patriotism.” We can expect no less than both virtue and a sense of patriotism from those who represent us.