Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.
. . . Alexander Hamilton
Federalist No. 1
There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
. . . James Madison
Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention