Literary, Scientific, and Political Views of Orestes A. Brownson

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Page 168 - THE constitution is twofold: the constitution of the state or nation and the constitution of the government. The constitution of the government is, or is held to be, the work of the nation itself; the constitution of the state, or the people of the state, is, in its origin at least, providential, given by God
Page 69 - Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. "• The error is in not discriminating between a false and mischievous education and a true and salutary education. Education based
Page 166 - THE right of government to govern, or political authority, is derived by the collective people or society from God through the law of nature. Rulers hold from God through the people or nation, and the people or nation hold from God through the natural law.
Page 192 - a word, all those questions that arise on which it is necessary to take the immediate orders of the sovereign, belong not to the government, but to the convention; and where the will of the sovereign is not sufficiently expressed in the constitution, a new appeal to the convention is necessary and may always be had.
Page 170 - INDEED, the Roman constitution, laws, and civilization not only gain the mastery in the nations seated within the limits of the old Roman empire, but extend their power throughout the whole civilized world. The Graeco-Roman civilization is, in fact, the only civilization now recognized, and nations are accounted civilized only in proportion as they are romanized and
Page 183 - THE king, say the jurists, never dies, and the heralds cry, "The king is dead! Live the king!" Sovereignty never lapses, is never in abeyance, and the moment it ceases in .one people it is renewed in another. The British sovereignty ceased in the colonies with independence, and the American took its place. Did the sovereignty which before
Page 190 - THE sovereign in the republican order is the organic people, or state, and is with us the United States, for with us the organic people exist only as organized into states united, which in their union form one compact and indissoluble whole. That is to say, the organic American people do not exist as a consolidated people or
Page 295 - as integral in itself, the law of nature, and is therefore the teacher and guardian of the natural' as well as of the revealed law. She is, under God, the supreme judge of both laws, which for her are but one law; and hence she takes cognizance in her/ tribunals of the breaches of the natural law as
Page 291 - can be no more opposed one to the other than God can be opposed to himself. Hence absolute and unconditional subjection to God is absolute and unlimited freedom. Therefore, says our Lord, " If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." The sovereignty of God does not oppose liberty; it
Page 295 - as integral in itself, the law of nature, and is therefore the teacher and guardian of the natural' as well as of the revealed law. She is, under God, the supreme judge of both laws, which for her are but one law; and hence she takes cognizance in her / tribunals of the breaches of the natural law as well

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