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" A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does, of necessity, fly to anarchy... "
The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln ...: Together with His State ... - Page 167
by Henry Jarvis Raymond - 1865 - 808 pages
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Constitutionalism: Philosophical Foundations

Larry Alexander - Law - 2001 - 336 pages
...no other alterative; for continuing the government, is acquiescence on one side or the other. . . . Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as...anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left. And it was under this heading - "despotism in some form" - that Lincoln went on to discuss the prospect...
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Speeches that Changed the World

Owen Collins - History - 1999 - 464 pages
...deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy...forget the position assumed by some that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court, nor do I deny that such decisions must be binding...
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Opening of the Civil War

Eugene M. Wait - Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.) - 1999 - 308 pages
...anarchy on to despotism. Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangements, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority...anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left." The closing portion of his speech dealt with legal changes and the approach of a civil war. It was...
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Presidential Documents: The Speeches, Proclamations, and Policies that Have ...

Jim F. Watts, Fred L. Israel - Biography & Autobiography - 2000 - 416 pages
...deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy...forget the position assumed by some that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court, nor do I deny that such decisions must be binding...
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The American Reader: Words That Moved a Nation

Diane Ravitch - Reference - 2000 - 662 pages
...deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy...anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left One section of our country believes slavery is right and ought to be extended, while the other believes...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Harry V. Jaffa - Presidents - 2004 - 574 pages
...deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it, does, of necessity, fly to anarchy...anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left. Never since Socrates has philosophy so certainly descended from the heavens into the affairs of mortal...
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Great Cases in Constitutional Law

Robert P. George - History - 2000 - 222 pages
...no other alternative; for continuing the government, is acquiescence on one side or the other. . . . Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as...anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left.6 And it was under this heading — "despotism in some form" — that Lincoln went on to discuss...
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Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran, 1953-2000: From Bāzargān ...

Forough Jahanbakhsh - Religion - 2001 - 222 pages
...rule by a minority has to be accepted. The following remark by Lincoln is much quoted in this respect: Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as...principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left.44 The majority principle is occasionally justified in terms of Rousseau's social contract as...
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Willmoore Kendall: Maverick of American Conservatives

John Albert Murley, John Alvis - Political Science - 2002 - 310 pages
...deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a tree people. Whoever rejects it, does of necessity, fly to anarchy...arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the rnajority principle, anarchy, or despotism is in some form, is all that is left.23 Is not Lincoln right,...
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Africans in the Americas: Our Journey Throughout the World

Sabas H. Whittaker M. F. a., Sabas Whittaker, M.F.A. - African Americans - 2003 - 367 pages
...deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy...forget the position assumed by some that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court, nor do I deny that such decisions must be binding...
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