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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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Reconstructing the Commercial Republic: Constitutional Design after Madison

Stephen L. Elkin - Political Science - 2006 - 428 pages
...deliberative changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it, does, of necessity fly to anarchy...principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all there is left. 75 Not any sort of majority should rule, Madison believed; but neither should rule be...
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Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery

Richard Striner - History - 2006 - 320 pages
...deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. . . . Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as...anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left."91 With regard to Supreme Court decisions, Lincoln challenged the doctrine of unlimited judicial...
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Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil

Mark A. Graber - History - 2006 - 300 pages
...majority rule were nearly self-evident to Lincoln. "Unanimity is impossible," the first inaugural stated; "the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement,...anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left."12 Democratic majorities were specifically empowered, he argued, to resolve contested constitutional...
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Architects of Political Change: Constitutional Quandaries and Social Choice ...

Norman Schofield - Political Science - 2006 - 3 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...of a minority, as a permanent arrangement is wholly inadmissable; so that rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form, is all that...
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Life of Abraham Lincoln

Joseph Hartwell Barrett - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 896 pages
...impossible ; the rule of a majority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible. So tlfct, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism,...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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Slavery, Capitalism and Politics in the Antebellum Republic: Volume 2, The ...

John Ashworth - Business & Economics - 1995 - 23 pages
..."does, of necessity, fly to anarchy or to despotism." In a single sentence he set out his reasoning: "unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority,...anarchy, or despotism in some form, is all that is left." Clearly for Republicans like Lincoln the Union had come to symbolise an unproblematic commitment to...
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