John Adams on free governments

In 1776 John Adams was receiving letters from those frustrated with a perceived lack of progress towards independence and self rule. In response to one such letter Adams warned of the exceedingly dangerous task ahead. With regards to the notion of a ‘free government’ Adams wrote:

… But I fear that in every assembly, members will obtain an influence by noise not sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls.

2016 looms.