From a blog comment, came this quote
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
apparently from Ulysses S. Grant – which seems to be true.
In the process of looking to verify it, I came across some others. Grant, in spite of his reputation, was certainly perceptive:
If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other
Holy Hannah… nothing is new.