Are we a nation?

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Side 18 - We have errors to correct. We have probably had too good an opinion of human nature in forming our confederation. Experience has taught us, that men will not adopt and carry into execution measures the best calculated for their own good, without the intervention of a coercive power.
Side 21 - It is obviously impracticable in the federal government of these states, to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all. Individuals entering into society must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest.
Side 23 - No political dreamer was ever wild enough to think of breaking down the lines which separate the states, and of compounding the American people into one common mass.
Side 24 - The government of the Union, then (whatever may be the influence of this fact on the case), is emphatically and truly a government of the people. In form and in substance it emanates from them. Its powers are granted by them, and are to be exercised directly on them, and for their benefit.
Side 22 - it may be to maintain that a party to a compact has a right to revoke that compact, the doctrine itself has had respectable advocates. The possibility of a question of this nature proves the necessity of laying the foundations of our National Government deeper than in the mere sanction of delegated authority. The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people.
Side 26 - There can be no doubt that it was competent to the people to invest the general government with all the powers which they might deem proper and necessary ; to extend or restrain these powers according to their own good pleasure ; and to give them a paramount and supreme authority.
Side 31 - ... which they say is a compact between sovereign States, who have preserved their whole sovereignty, and therefore are subject to no superior ; that because they made the compact, they can break it, when, in their opinion, it has been departed from by the other States. Fallacious as this course of...
Side 37 - Some such tribunal is clearly essential to prevent an appeal to the sword and a dissolution of the compact ; and that it ought to be established under the general, rather than under the local governments, or, to speak more properly, that it could be safely established under the first alone, is a position not likely to be combated.
Side 19 - ... a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidding appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun...
Side 25 - The constitution of the United States was ordained and established, not by the states in their sovereign capacities, but, emphatically, as the preamble of the constitution declares, by " the people of the United States." There can be no doubt that it was competent to the people to invest the general government with all the powers which they might deem proper and necessary, to extend or restrain...

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