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-*Our Nation was built on one principle above all others—the Rule of Law. As James Madison explained in the //​Federalist//:​ "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."​ ((The Federalist No. 51, at 322 (Madison) (Clinton Rossiter ed. 1961) [hereinafter "THE FEDERALIST"​].)) As the Founders envisioned it, //the rule of law //offered the solution to that great difficulty: the law could check the ambitions of men who were far from angels, and the law could moderate the excesses of governments that were far from benevolent.+Our Nation was built on one principle above all others—the Rule of Law. As James Madison explained in the //​Federalist//:​ "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."​ ((The Federalist No. 51, at 322 (Madison) (Clinton Rossiter ed. 1961) [hereinafter "THE FEDERALIST"​].)) As the Founders envisioned it, //the rule of law //offered the solution to that great difficulty: the law could check the ambitions of men who were far from angels, and the law could moderate the excesses of governments that were far from benevolent.
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