Some thoughts from Alexis de Toqueville
A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.