The New America; A Study of the Imperial Republic

The New America; A Study of the Imperial Republic

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...advantage of every political emergency to advance its own ends. As for that for which it was primarily organized, it merely goes under an uncertain amount of drill annually, administered in a haphazard way. Being the National Guard, it is supposed to be subsidized by the nation, as well as by the several States; but when one learns that the amount of the subsidy is only 80,000 per annum, to be distributed amongst two hundred thousand members, it is perceived that America hopes to do her soldiering very much, to use a colloquialism, "on the cheap." It is true that, besides this, there is, in most of the States, an additional small appropriation; but, on the whole, the National Guard relies for its support upon private donations and upon the efforts of its individual members. Americans always show themselves to be legal pedants--that is the inevitable result of their rigid Constitution--but never does this pedantry appear so ridiculous as in the discussions over the legal status of the National Guard. Is the force a national or a local one? Must it, as a unit, obey the President, or is it a congeries of atoms, each obeying its State Governor? Fancy the destruction of prestige and authority implied in such a fantastic dispute! One group roundly declares that the organization is subject only to the orders of the Governors of the respective States, and that no call from the President is legally competent to put a single member into active operation before an enemy not on State soil. Another faction, while acknowledging the authority of the President, asserts that his order must come through the Governor, and that no call through other channels need be listened to. Another class, and this is growing into the majority, believes in 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
  • 1236588045
  • 9781236588043