The Book of the Constitution; Containing the Constitution of the United States, a Synopsis of the Several State Constitutions, with Various Other Impo

The Book of the Constitution; Containing the Constitution of the United States, a Synopsis of the Several State Constitutions, with Various Other Impo

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...of examining and discussing these merits and demerits of the candidates respectively. It has been seen that a number of important elections will take place while the act is in force, although it should not bo continued beyond the term to which it is limited. Should there happen, then, as is extremely probable in relation to some or other of the branches of the government, to be competitions between those who are, and those who are not, members of the government, what will be the situations of the competitors1 Not equal; because the characters of the former will be Covered by the "(Sedition Act" from animadversions exposing them to disrepute among the people; whilst the latter may be exposed to the contempt and hatred of the people, without a violation of the act. V hat will be the situation of the people1 Not free; because they will be compelled to make their election between competitors, whose pretensions they are not permitted by the act equally to examine, to discuss, and to ascertain. And from both these situations will not those in power derive an undue advantage for continuing themselves in it; which, by impairing the right of election, endangers the blessings of the government founded on it 1 It is with justice, therefore, that the General Assembly have affirmed in the resolution, as well that the right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of communication thereon, is the only effectual guardian of every other right; as that this particular right is levelled at by the power exercised in the "Sedition Act." The resolution next in order is as follows: That this state having by its Convention, which ratified the Federal Constitution, expressly declared, that among other essential rights, "the...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236631684
  • 9781236631688