John Taylor of Caroline Warns of Powerful Presidents
[The powerful Executive branch]...converts representation into vassalage to the leaders of parties, disciplined, not by the comparatively honourable infliction of the lash, but by the base and wicked sophism, that it is honourable to stick to a party, and treacherous to adhere to conscience. The disciples of this infamous doctrine are forged into tools for ambition and tyranny by praises and rewards, whilst honesty is discouraged by base epithets, as a foil to the varnish with which the decoys are painted, designed to deceive and enslave the multitude
John Taylor of Caroline from his 1814 book "An Inquiry Into the Principles & Policy of the Government of the United States"
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The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined.
Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite.
James Madison Explaining the new federal government's very limited powers in Federalist 45