The Role of
the Government

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

James Madison

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Rabbi Chanina, the deputy High-Priest, said: Pray for the welfare of the government, for were it not for the fear of it, men would swallow one another alive.

Mishna; Avot 3:2

Be wary of those in power, for they befriend a person only for their own benefit; they seem to be friends when it is to their advantage, but they do not stand by a man in his hour of need.

Mishna; Avot 2:3