Under The Sun

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

"Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament. [...] Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion."
--Edmund Burke, speech to the Electors of Bristol, 1774
(This is the remark Dr. Hall mentions to John Adams in the play/movie 1776.)

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