Sundry Speeches and Writings of William C. de Witt; Driftwood from Out the Current of a Busy Life

Sundry Speeches and Writings of William C. de Witt; Driftwood from Out the Current of a Busy Life

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...of sweeping reforms is always attended with social revulsions and long continuing prostration. To-day is only better than yesterday in so far as it profits by yesterday's experience, and civilization is a thing of slow and continuous growth. I say, therefore, that the Democratic party, in its adherence to the Constitution as it is; in its obedience to the mandates and instructions of its authors; in its devotion to the past as the safest and best guide for the future, is a truly progressive organization, more certain than any other, in the end, to lead the nation forward far in the vanguards of the age. The Radicals, upon the other hand, look exclusively to the future. Their policy is purely present and original. They are a band of reformers, with new schemes, new doctrines, and new purposes to promulgate and establish. However attractive in theory their novelties may appear, they are, nevertheless, as a practical organization, a set of political vagabonds, uninfluenced by existing laws, however fundamental, and governed, like the Crusaders or the Roundheads, by the dictates of their fanaticism and the limits of their power alone. With them the highest notion of a free country is that in which the will of a majority of the masses is supreme and unlimited; and since, within the past several years, they have constituted themselves the active majority in this country, this doctrine has grown dearer and stronger in their minds as years have passed along. Every device necessary to put it in full operation has been promptly invented and followed. During the war, under the plea of " military necessity," they not only overrode every established authority of the land, but they scattered to the winds the ancient charters of liberty which...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902564
  • 9781236902566