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" Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence? "
The Martyr's Monument: Being the Patriotism and Political Wisdom of Abraham ... - Page 61
by Abraham Lincoln - 1885 - 297 pages
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Liberalism with Honor

Sharon R. Krause, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Political Science Sharon R Krause - Philosophy - 2002 - 270 pages
...foes ... It forces us to ask: 'Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and fatal weakness?' 'Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?' " Lincoln, "Message to Congress in Special Session," in Speeches and Writings, I859-I865, 250. 51....
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Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln: Competing Perspectives on Two ...

William D. Pederson, Frank J. Williams, Michael R. Williams - History - 2003 - 287 pages
...States. On July 4, 1861, in his first message to the Congress, he presented this vital question: "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" Lincoln answered that question as Jackson had answered it-not by words, but by deeds. And America still...
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The Myth of the American Superhero

John Shelton Lawrence, Robert Jewett - Social Science - 2002 - 416 pages
...associated with such passivity and stated it this way in his Special Session Message on July 4, 1861: "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" In another formulation, Lincoln queried: "Are all the laws but one to go unexecuted, and the Government...
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Secession, State, and Liberty

David Gordon - Business & Economics - 344 pages
...foes. ... It forces us to ask: "Is there, in all republics, this inherent, and fatal weakness? Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"38 Here we have the familiar argument that a modern state cannot allow territorial dismemberment...
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Constitutional Dictatorship: Crisis Government in the Modern Democracies

Clinton Rossiter - Political Science - 1948 - 322 pages
...(Dictatorship Constitutional Dictatorship Is there in all republics this inherent and fatal weakness? Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" The man who posed that question was Abraham Lincoln....
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The Presidency and Political Science: Two Hundred Years of Constitutional Debate

Raymond Tatalovich, Thomas S. Engeman, Thomas S.. Engeman, Michele C Moore, F.A.A.F.P. - Political Science - 2003 - 268 pages
...to free government upon the earth . . . So viewing the issue, no choice was left [to the president] but to call out the war power of the Government; and...force, employed for its destruction, by force, for its preservation.27 But Frederick Grimke and George Ticknor Curtis were probably closer to the mainstream...
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Lincoln's Constitution

Daniel A. Farber, Henry J Fletcher Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research Daniel A Farber - History - 2003 - 240 pages
...practically put an end to free government upon the earth." He phrased the critical question as this: "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" So, too, the question was whether the rule of law could maintain its grip on even the most violent social...
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Lincoln's Constitution

Daniel A. Farber - History - 2004 - 256 pages
...liberties by suspending habeas corpus and instituting military trials. Lincoln himself had asked, "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" It was not irrational to fear that those liberties might also be casualties of war.4 The constitutional...
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Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

Allen C. Guelzo - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 528 pages
...power which Congress could not do in the way of ordinary legislation." The firing on Sumter meant that "no choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government," and Lincoln included under the rubric of "war power" the authorization "to suspend the privilege of the...
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Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting for

History - 2003 - 240 pages
...framing the issue: "Immediate dissolution fof the Union] or blood." "So viewing the issue," he went on, "no choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government." Far more than any predecessor, he found presidential authority in the war power; "It was with the deepest...
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