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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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Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-government

Lucas E. Morel - History - 2000 - 251 pages
...drive out the visible authority of the Federal Union, and thus force it to immediate dissolution. Also, "So viewing the issue, no choice was left but to call...its destruction, by force, for its preservation." Finally, "It was with deepest regret that the Executive found the duty of employing the war-power,...
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On Hallowed Ground: Abraham Lincoln and the Foundations of American History

John P. Diggins - History - 2000 - 330 pages
...Madison, quoted him on the possibility of an "inherent and fatal weakness" in all republics. "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" The secession crisis dramatized the failure of the Enlightenment to come forth with knowledge as an...
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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

Harry V. Jaffa - History - 2004 - 576 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?"1 The epigraph is taken from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler (New...
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A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865

Russell Frank Weigley - History - 2000 - 612 pages
...earth. 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?"63 After a lengthy discussion of the constitutional issue of secession, Lincoln returned...
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The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses

Alan Charles Kors, Harvey Silverglate - Political Science - 1999 - 432 pages
..."profoundest problem confronting a democracy— the problem which Lincoln cast in a memorable dilemma: 'Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"'2 Posing the question that way virtually assured...
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The Civil War and the Press

David B. Sachsman, S. Kittrell Rushing, Debra Reddin Van Tuyll - History - 2000 - 584 pages
...when the president, at the height of his confrontation with the Peace Democratic press, said: Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people, or too weak to maintain its own existence? Must l shoot a simple-minded boy who deserts, while...
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Crime and Justice at the Millennium: Essays by and in Honor of Marvin E ...

Marvin Eugene Wolfgang - Law - 2002 - 404 pages
...police and the courts are designed to protect and maintain. Lincoln asked the question succinctly: "Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties...people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" I trust that our nation is sufficiently sensitive to the liberties of all to listen and to act, and...
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Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C., Part 3

Jeffrey F. Meyer - Religion - 2001 - 354 pages
...question between power and liberty."28 Lincoln would pose the same question seventy years later: "Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the...of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?"29 The issue has remained a subject of debate throughout American history. John Adams and...
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The Politics of Moral Capital

John Kane, Professor of Politics and Public Policy John Kane - Philosophy - 2001 - 277 pages
...government so dedicated could long exist on the earth. "Must a government, of necessity," he asked, "be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" It had been shown that popular government could be established and administered, but the war was the...
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Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia, Volume 2

John W. Johnson - Law - 2001 - 1089 pages
...compared the dilemma of the Jehovah's Witnesses to that of Lincoln's query during the Civil War: "Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its people, or too weak to maintain its own existence?" Frankfurter argued that the flag was a "symbol...
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