“What was the end of killing the tyrant, but to be free from tyranny? A ridiculous motive, and empty exploit, if our slavery survive him.” Cicero, quoted in Cato’s Letters, #23, p. 169.
The quote by Cicero is part of the legacy won by the American Revolution; not because he said it, but, because the English rebel, John Elliot, authored an example of it. And, there’s hardly an American alive who knows it.
American Founders relied heavily on English rebels for direction and procedures needed to successfully win their bid for independence; the Petition of Rights of 1628, the Grand Remonstrance of 1640, the so-called Bill of Rights of 1688, among many other milestones of liberty.
One of the more significant items was the resolution introduced by John Elliot by which taxes imposed without the consent of parliament was made a capital offense. Complete article.