Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government. Public servants at such a distance, and from under the eye of their constituents, must, from the circumstance of distance, be unable to administer and overlook all the details necessary for the good government of the citizens, and the same circumstance, by rendering detection impossible to their constituents, will invite the public agents to corruption, plunder, and waste.
To Gideon Granger, 1800, 1825
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Honest leaders recognize the need for close public scrutiny.
Jefferson always opposed a strong, centralized (and necessarily large) federal government. Why?
– Public servants in Washington were too far removed from much of the nation to be able to govern effectively.
– At such a distance, the public couldn’t keep a close eye on them.
– Without close supervision, those “servants” would be tempted into dishonesty and waste.
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