To preserve, to improve, and to perpetuate the sources and to direct in their most effective channels the streams which contribute to the public weal is the purpose for which Government was instituted.
John Quincy Adams, “Address of 1827” State of the Union Addresses (Unitarian, U.S. president 1825-1829, diplomat, U.S. Senator 1803-1808, educator, U.S. Representative 1830-1848, U.S. Secretary of State 1817-1825)
Democracy – is a government by all the people for all the people.
Theodore Parker (Unitarian, minister, social reformer) in 1854
Mankind have hitherto treated republican forms of government as divines now treat the doctrine of final restitution. Both have been condemned before an appeal had been made to experiments, for both have been accused of leading to disorder and licentiousness.
Benjamin Rush (Universalist, physician, American “Founding Father”)