Fisher Ames is a forgotten conservative thinker of the Federalist Party in the early United States.
Popular reason does not always know how to act right, nor does it always act right, when it knows. The agents that move politicks, are the popular passions; and those are ever, from the very nature of things, under the command of the disturbers of society. . . . Few can reason, all can feel; and such an argument is gained, as soon as it is proposed.