A Discourse on the Genius of the Federative System of the United States, Volume 213

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T. W. White, 1839 - Federal government - 24 pages
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Page 6 - Men," says the wisest of all observers on the political history of man, "men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites...
Page 6 - Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere and the less of it there is within, the more there must he without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free.
Page 6 - Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good in preference to the flattery of knaves.
Page 4 - Octavius from the trophied car ; Say, does thy secret soul repine to taste The big distress ? Or would'st thou then exchange Those heart-ennobling sorrows for the lot Of him who sits amid the gaudy herd Of mute barbarians bending to his nod, And bears aloft his gold-invested front, And says within himself — I am a king, And wherefore should the clamorous voice of woe Intrude upon mine ear...
Page 21 - In every clime, and travel where we might, That we were born her children. Praise enough To fill the ambition of a private man, That Chatham's language was his mother tongue, And Wolfe's great name compatriot with his own.
Page 6 - ... was a rule of action he styles constraint; and to precaution he gives the name of fear. Frugality, and not the thirst of gain, now passes for avarice. Formerly the wealth of individuals constituted the public treasure; but now this has become the patrimony of private persons. The members of the commonwealth riot on the public spoils, and its strength is only the power of a few, and the license of many.
Page 15 - He suggested that if the foreigner was given a preference it was because his " liberties had been cloven were "made a mere battledoor for political purposes; and any man who has any aspirations to the highest office in the gift of the people of this country makes it his business to form his platforms upon the public lands, and the rights and interests of the states are made subservient to the personal aspirations of individuals.
Page 23 - Louisiana, and the Dutch of New York, and the renegades from every corner of the earth, who swarm their great commercial cities...
Page 22 - ... as one of the bright stars of our federal constellation, but as, in and of herself, A SUN, sole and self-poised- in the firmament of the commonwealth of nations?
Page 6 - Desires then change their objects; what they were fond of before, becomes now indifferent; they were free with laws, and they want to be free without them; every citizen is like a slave who has escaped from his...

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