I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgement dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me.
Davy Crockett 8/17/1786
Sigh. Things like that make me so wistful. Can you imagine such a time?
He also said:
We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.