Either James Madison or Alexander Hamilton wrote, “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Though angels might be more kind to us than we are to ourselves, they’d still need to hire us to do the leg work.

Madison, Hamilton and others wrote the Federalist Papers using the pen name Publius. Staying anonymous protected them during a perilous time — the adoption of the U.S. Constitution was hanging by a thread.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

More Stories

We unpaid humor columnists are occasionally asked questions about our craft. Over the past 2…