You can thank a Catholic for our form of government

“This form of constitution ensures peace among the people, commends itself to all, and is most enduring.”

Our form of govt

“The best form of government is in a state or kingdom, where one is given the power to preside over all; while under him are others having governing powers: and yet a government of this kind is shared by all, both because all are eligible to govern, and because the rules are chosen by all. For this is the best form of polity, being partly kingdom, since there is one at the head of all; partly aristocracy, in so far as a number of persons are set in authority; partly democracy, i.e. government by the people, in so far as the rulers can be chosen from the people, and the people have the right to choose their rulers.”

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Question 105 (c. 1225–1274)


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