The Life And Public Services Of James Buchanan; Late Minister To England And Formerly Minister To Russia, Senator And Representative In

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Originally, the name of federal was as honorable a designation as any other. It took its rise from those who approved of our federal Constitution, whilst those who felt that the government was too consolidated, called themselves ...
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Originally, the name of federal was as honorable a designation as any other. It took its rise from those who approved of our federal Constitution, whilst those who felt that the government was too consolidated, called themselves anti-federalists or republicans ; but after the Constitution was adopted, and it was accepted as the fundamental, organic law of the land, as Jefferson truly remarked, " We are all federalists, we are all republicans." After the adoption of the Constitution, therefore, the term federal, so far as its primary signification was concerned, had no meaning. But in a few years it was soon discovered that the very men who had approved most earnestly of the Constitution, began to claim for it doubtful powers, and to give it a liberal construction. Mr. John Adams, the second President, was the first who boldly inaugurated this policy, and by the passage of the alien and sedition laws,-overwhelmed himself and his party in disgrace. This was the first stain on the otherwise fair name of federal. Then came the war of 1812, when they completed their ruin as a party, not by opposing the war in a reasonable manner, but by an odious and unconstitional opposition, which finally terminated in a traitorous convention in New England, to make a separate peace with Great Britain. These two acts destroyed the federal party, and brought upon the name au odious reproach. It will not be pretended by any one that Mr. Buchanan approved either of the measures to which we have referred. The principles of the federal party were, however, as we have before observed, in favor of claiming from Congress the exercise of doubtful powers, in opposition to the doctrine of State rights as embraced in the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions of 1798. They also claimed the power in Congress to establ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781458924117
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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