"It has ever been my hobby-horse to see rising in America an empire
of liberty, and a prospect of two or three hundred millions of freemen,
without one noble or one king among them. You say it is impossible.
If I should agree with you in this, I would still say, let us try the
experiment, and preserve our equality as long as we can. A better
system of education for the common people might preserve them long
from such artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society,
by confounding the natural distinctions of right and wrong, virtue and vice."
-- John Adams (letter to Count Sarsfield, 3 February 1786)Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, 264.