Respect Human Freedom

“A free political order is possible only when the fundamental political act is a mutual promise between governor and governed. But no human being can be trusted to keep his or her word when he or she has access to power – a power not available to opponents. Sooner or later, if not in the lifetime of the ruler, then in that of his or her descendants, there is an inescapable risk of tyranny. Freedom can only be guaranteed in a political system where the constitutional sovereign is God himself, where he has sought and obtained the free consent of the governed, and where he has bound himself to respect human freedom.”

The Great Partnership, Chapter 7, p. 116