James Madison on War

Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded…. In war…the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people…. No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare…. War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement.

“Political Observations”
April 20, 1795