A Brief Enquiry Into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government: Being a Review of Judge Story's Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States

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J. Campbell, 1863 - Constitutional history - 150 pages
In a democracy the political process is the means by which governments are elected, and new governments are formed. It includes a study of political parties and movements that are formed to influence and obtain political power. In non-democratic systems the political process will take different forms, which may also depend on alliances of forces that do not include open and free elections.

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Page 52 - And the articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the union shall be perpetual ; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them, unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every State.
Page 19 - Agreement, faithfully adhered to, will prove the most speedy, effectual, and peaceable measure ; and, therefore, we do, for ourselves, and the inhabitants of the several Colonies, whom we represent, firmly agree and associate, under the sacred ties of virtue, honor and love of our country, as follows : First.
Page 49 - May next a Convention of delegates who shall have been appointed by the several States be held at Philadelphia 2 for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation...
Page 7 - That his majesty's subjects in these colonies owe the same allegiance to the crown of Great Britain, that is owing from his subjects born within the realm, and all due subordination to that august body the parliament of Great Britain.
Page 37 - That it be recommended to the respective assemblies and conventions of the united colonies, where no government sufficient to the exigencies of their affairs has been hitherto established to adopt such government as shall, in the opinion of the representatives of the people, best conduce to the happiness and safety of their constituents in particular, and America in general.
Page 47 - We, the people of the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, do ordain, declare and establish the following constitution, for the government of ourselves and our posterity.
Page 95 - That every power vested in a government is in its nature sovereign, and includes, by force of the term, a right to employ all the means requisite and fairly applicable to the attainment of the ends of such power, and which are not precluded by restrictions and exceptions specified in the Constitution, or not immoral, or not contrary to the essential ends of political society.
Page 47 - It was moved and seconded to appoint a committee of five, to revise the style of, and arrange the articles agreed to, by the house ; which passed in the affirmative.
Page 22 - Friends, Countrymen, and Brethren — By these, and by every other appellation that may designate the ties which bind us to each other, we entreat your serious attention to this our second attempt to prevent their dissolution.
Page 16 - Continent, to consult together on the present Circumstances of the Colonies, and the Difficulties to which they are and must be reduced, by the Operation of the Acts of Parliament...

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