Democracy and the Party System in the United States: A Study in Extra-constitutional Government

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Macmillan, 1910 - Political parties- - 469 pages
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Page 415 - I have often inquired of myself what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together.
Page 30 - It may be, sir, that the politicians of New York are not so fastidious as some gentlemen are as to disclosing the principles on which they act. They boldly preach what they practice. When they are contending for victory, they avow their intention of enjoying the fruits of it. If they are defeated, they expect to retire from office; if they are successful, they claim, as a matter of right, the advantages of success. They see nothing wrong in the rule that to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy.
Page 415 - In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on and degraded and imbruted by its fellows.
Page 33 - Whigs opposed the new institution ; they declared it "was intended to abridge the liberties of the people by depriving individuals, on their own mere motion, of the privilege of becoming candidates and depriving each man of the right to vote for a candidate of his own selection and choice.
Page 159 - With him elected in the vigor of his life and the plenitude of his powers, beloved at home and respected abroad, with our free institutions and our imperial domain, we should need no Bartholdi statue standing at the gateway of commerce, with uplifted torch, to typify the Genius of Liberty enlightening the world...
Page 167 - Jeffersons. With an elaborate respect for forms extending to the smallest details of procedure, they pretended to deliberate, and then passed resolutions settled by a handful of wire-pullers in the obscurity of committees and private caucuses; they proclaimed as the creed of the party appealing to its piety, a collection of hollow, vague phrases, strung together by a few experts in the art of using meaningless language, and adopted still more precipitately without examination and without conviction...
Page 155 - But, apart from cases of this kind, (the sole object of the platform is, in the present day, as formerly, to catch votes by trading on the credulity of the electors.
Page 449 - Party as a wholesale contractor for the numerous and varied problems, present and to come, should give place to special organizations, limited to particular objects and forming and re-forming spontaneously, so to speak, according to the changing problems of life and the play of opinion brought about thereby.

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