All communities are apt to look to government for too much. . . . But this ought not to be. The framers of our excellent Constitution . . . acted at the time on a sounder principle. They wisely judged that the less government interferes with private pursuits the better for the general prosperity.
Martin Van Buren, 1837, Cited, by Clarence B. Carson, A Basic History of the United States, Vol. 3: The Sections and the Civil War, 1826-1877, pg.21