Quotation by William Howard Taft

[Popular government] rests in the common sense, and the self- restraint of the American people. It rests in the knowledge of the majority that it must keep within the checks of the law and the Constitution if the Government is to be preserved. And it must rest in the view that the minority that it is much more important that the government should be sustained than that the minority should have for the time being control of or a voice in the government. It rests in the knowledge of the majority that the rights of the minority and in the individuals of that minority are exactly as sacred as the rights in the individuals of the majority.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Address at City Hall Park, Fresno, California, at a Union Religious Service, October 10, 1909. Presidential Addresses and State Papers of William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909, to March 4, 1910, 1:338, Doubleday, Page & Company (1910).
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