I quote Jefferson:
"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society
but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened
enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the
remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion
by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with
their own government."
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of
civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."