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If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

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Source Notes: Source: JAMES MADISON, The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 51, p. 356 .

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James Madison (March 16, 1751 June 28, 1836) was the fourth (1809 1817) President of the United States. He was co-author, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers, and is traditionally regarded as the Father of the United States Constitution.

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