“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure happiness or liberty without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”
COMMENT: From the ineffable PVV – “The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct permanent share in the government… Can a democratic assembly who annually revolve in the mass of the people be supposed steadily to pursue the public good?” — Alexander Hamilton
Madison would reply: How does one decide who flies “first class,” unless the coach passengers are virtuous enough to make the right choices?