I have read their platform, and though I think there are some unsound places in it, I can stand upon it pretty well. But I see nothing in it both new and valuable. What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable.
I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts; she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever.
Second Speech on Foots Resolution, Jan. 26, 1830. P. 317.
The peoples government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.2
Second Speech on Foots Resolution, Jan. 26, 1830. P. 321.
Note 1. A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.Alexander Hamilton. [back]
Note 2. When the State of Pennsylvania held its convention to consider the Constitution of the United States, Judge Wilson said of the introductory clause, We, the people, do ordain and establish, etc.: It is not an unmeaning flourish. The expressions declare in a practical manner the principle of this Constitution. It is ordained and established by the people themselves. This as regarded as an authoritative exposition.The Nation.
That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.Abraham Lincoln: Speech at Gettysburg, Nov. 19, 1863. [back]