A few days ago Ed Whitney made a comment on this site that I think deserves to be its own post:
“Voters should think twice before delivering great political power into the hands of men who show a strong urge to punish. Those who neglect this principle will not remain free or safe for long.”
FootnoteÂ Ed gives as the source Also Sprach Zarathustra II, 29, “On Tarantulas”:
Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. They are people of a low sort and stock; the hangman and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do not forget that they would be pharisees, if only they had – power.