Winston Churchill, speech broadcast to the United States from London (August 8, 1939):
One thing has struck me as very strange, and that is the resurgence of the one-man power after all these centuries of experience and progress. It is curious how
the English-speaking peoples have always had this horror of one-man power.
They are quite ready to follow a leader for a time, as long as he is serviceable to
them; but the idea of handing themselves over, lock, stock and barrel, body and
soul, to one man, and worshipping him as if he were an idol — that has always
been odious to the whole theme and nature of our civilisation. The architects of
the American Constitution were as careful as those who shaped the British
Constitution to guard against the whole life and fortunes, and all the laws and
freedom of the nation, being placed in the hands of a tyrant.