927. Massachusetts Centinel, 3 September 1788

The old cant of aristocracy, as applied to the new Constitution, is as absurd as it is base, artful and delusive. The whole plan of the Constitution is founded upon such popular principles, that its construction is perfectly democratick.—Happy for America, its administration if wise, will be a generous temperature of every interest—but to attempt encreasing the weight of what already preponderates, namely the popular scale, discovers neither policy, philanthropy or patriotism. For an undue addition to the power of either of the branches, will eventually destroy the whole.—Unlimited authority centered in the hands of “the one, the few, or the many,” necessar[il]y produces tyranny, anarchy and despotism.