When Meidias, with his children
round him, calls you to cast your votes for them, then you must imagine that I
am standing here with the laws by my side and the oath that you have sworn,
demanding and imploring each of you to vote for them. It is in every way more
just that you should side with the laws than with this man. The laws, Athenians,
you have sworn to obey; through the laws you enjoy your equal rights; to the
laws you owe every blessing that is yours—not to Meidias nor to the
children of Meidias.