"Remember: democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
— John Quincy Adams
The Federalist Papers
"The immediate election should be made by ... a small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass. [These] will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated [tasks]." Alexander Hamilton