“That the people are not at present disposed for, and are actually incapable of, governments of simplicity and equal rights, I can no longer doubt. But whose fault is it? We make them bad, by bad governments, and then abuse and despise them for being so. Our people are capable of being made anything that human nature was or is capable of, if we would only have a little patience and give them good and wholesome institutions; but I see none such and very little prospect of such.”
– John Francis Mercer (A [Maryland] Farmer), Anti-Federalist No. 3, “New Constitution Creates a National Government, Will not Abate Foreign Influence, Dangers of Civil War and Despotism,” Maryland Gazette and Baltimore Advertiser, March 7, 1788
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