“As passing clouds obscure for a time the splendor of the sun, so do wars interrupt the welfare of mankind; but despotism is a settled gloom that totally extinguishes happiness.
Not a ray of comfort can penetrate to cheer the dejected mind; the goad of power with unabating rigor insists upon the utmost exaction; like a merciless taskmaster, [it] is continually inflicting the lash, and is never satiated with the feast of unfeeling domination, or the most abject servility.”
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– Samuel Bryan (Centinel), Anti-Federalist No. 6, “The Hobgoblins of Anarchy and Dissentions Among the States,” Philadelphia Independent Gazetteer, January 16, 1788
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