The Tendency Of All Human Governments

And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for the second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering.
Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Samuel Kercheval
July 12, 1816

Thomas Jefferson
April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826