The United States Democratic Review Volume 38

The United States Democratic Review Volume 38

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...since it would be as false for any one party to claim that they are the People, the Demooracy, in the European sense of the term, as it would be for them to claim that they were all angels and their opponents all devils. In Europe, however, the great line is drawn broadly. It is Democracy or Absolutism. The People or the Kings. One or the other must be chosen by all. There is no middle ground now to stand upon. The farce of constitution ality has been played out to a most lame and impotent conclusion. Sober, steadfast, earnest, but conscientious people, therefore, are for awhile paralysed. Their sympathies are with the people; which is little more than saying they sympathize with themselves--their memories with the kings. Democracy there, is incomplete, in a great part, inconsequential; not free from much absurdity; and, like all very young things, heady and disposed to rush away towards strange and startling, if not suicidal extremes. It is natural, therefore, that the solid middle classes should hold off from it, and stand aside, rather spectators than actors in the drama, which yet, after all, involves them in its consequences as deeply as the highest and the lowest. To us who, however we quarrel in newspaper or speech, on the hustings or in public assembly; however we differ about men or measures, stand upon the same proud platform that "all power is from the people," and all officers, from the President to the town-crier, the servants of their sovereign will; it is hard to understand how a state of society can continue where this principle is denied; hard to understand how any number of state's prison inspectors, magniloquently called kings and em erors, and their uniformed bands of military turnkeys, can ecp more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841115
  • 9781236841117