A government deriving its energy from the will of the society, and operating, by the reason of its measures, on the understanding and interest of the society ... is the government for which philosophy has been searching and humanity been fighting from the most remote ages ... which it is the glory of America to have invented, and her unrivalled happiness to possess.
James Madison (1751–1836), U.S. president. "Spirit of Governments" (February 20, 1792). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 233, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).