If they choose fools, they will have foolish laws. If they choose knaves, they will have knavish ones. But this can never be the case until they are generally fools or knaves themselves, which, thank God, is not likely ever to become the character of the American people.
- James Iredell, 9 Fed. Cas. 826, no. 5,126 C.C.D.Pa. 1799