The Forum Volume 45

The Forum Volume 45

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...being identified with any particular State, take cognizance solely of the United States. All their sentiment associated with their adopted nationality is confined to the general Government. They are natural advocates for its increased powers. Our recent political history has maximized the prestige of the Union at the expense of State authority. The assertion of the physical power of a Union dominant over States was followed by Amend ments which incorporated considerable progress in its legal dominance. Our late foreign conflicts, with the subsequent increase of territory entirely subject to national control, and the incidental diplomatic relations, have increasingly constituted the general Government the magnet of political interest. The development of facilities for transportation and communication has influenced our mental attitude toward our public authorities. It is a mere truism to say that the natural effect of these modern improvements is to strengthen the national element in our government--by making public opinion all over the land responsive with the central organization at Washington. If the nation's agents are under the surveillance of San Francisco just as effectively as of New York, certainly a serious objection to the increasing potency of the general Government in a Federal republic is fairly removed. Is not reasonable to believe that the existence in 1789 of the meta morphic conditions produced by steam and electricity would have resulted in a more Hamiltonian Constitution? Still more important in its effect upon our institutions is the great intellectual change which has supervened in the public attitude toward some of the objects and subjects of government. The rights 1 of person and of property were the corner stones...
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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 544g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236931610
  • 9781236931610