Short answers to reckless fabrications, against the Democratic candidate for president, James Buchanan

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W. Rice, printer, 1856 - Campaign literature, 1856 - 32 pages
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Page 31 - Should this question be answered in the affirmative, then, by every law, human and divine, we shall be justified in wresting it from Spain if we possess the power; and this upon the very same principle that would justify an individual in tearing down the burning house of his neighbor if there were no other means of preventing the flames from destroying his own home.
Page 31 - ... be justified in wresting it from Spain, if we possess the power; and this upon the very same principle that would justify an individual in tearing down the burning house of his neighbor if there were no other means of preventing the flames from destroying his own home. Under such circumstances we ought neither to count the cost nor regard the odds which Spain might enlist against us.
Page 31 - Whilst pursuing this course we can afford to disregard the censures of the world, to which we have been so often and so unjustly exposed. After we shall have offered Spain a price for Cuba far beyond its present value...
Page 31 - The Union can never enjoy repose, nor possess reliable security as long as Cuba is not embraced within its boundaries." "But if Spain, deaf to the voice of her own interest, and actuated by stubborn pride and a false sense of honor, should refuse to sell Cuba to the United States " — what then ? " Self-preservation is the first law of nature with States as well as with individuals.
Page 15 - Jackson had not determined whom he would appoint secretary of state, and should say that it would not be Mr. Adams, it might be of great advantage to our cause for us so to declare, upon his own authority. We should then be placed upon the same footing with the Adams men, and might fight them with their own weapons. That the western members would naturally prefer voting for a western man, if there were a probability that the claims of Mr. Clay to the second office in the government should be fairly...
Page 21 - ... at this day be suddenly abolished without much immediate injury to the country. If we could confine them to their appropriate sphere and prevent them from administering to the spirit of wild and reckless speculation by extravagant loans and issues, they might be continued with advantage to the public.
Page 16 - I do not recollect, that General Jackson told me I might repeat his answer to Mr. Clay and his friends ; though I should be very sorry [afraid ?] to say, HE DID NOT." Does not every one see the lurking disbelief of Mr. Buchanan, as to the matter of this passion ? " The whole conversation," says he, " being upon a public street, it might have escaped my observation.
Page 14 - Adams secretary of state. Although I felt certain he had never intimated such an intention, yet I was sensible, that nothing could be better calculated, both to cool the ardor of his friends, and inspire his enemies with confidence, than the belief, that he had already selected his chief competitor for the highest office within his gift. I thought General Jackson owed it to himself, and to the cause in which his political friends were engaged, to contradict this report...
Page 16 - ... the agent of Mr. Clay, or of his friends, or that I had intended to propose to him terms of any kind from them, or that he could have supposed me to be capable of expressing ' the opinion that it was right to fight such intriguers with their own weapons.
Page 16 - I told him, that this answer to my question was such a one as I had expected to receive, if he answered it at all ; and that I had not sought to obtain it for my own satisfaction. I then asked him, if I were at liberty to repeat his answer ? He said, I was at perfect liberty to do so, to any person I thought proper.

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