I'll have limited internet access over the next several days, so I've scheduled several QOTD posts just in case.
Here's the first - with enough food for thought to last at least until tomorrow:
"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them." ~ Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833