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It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.

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There is often, in the affairs of government, more efficiency and wisdom in non-action than in action.

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We ought not to forget that the government, through all its departments, judicial as well as others, is administered by delegated and responsible agents: and that the power which really controls, ultimately, all the movements, is not in the agents, but those who elect or appoint them.

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Our government is deeply disordered: its credit is impaired: its debt increasing: its expenditures extravagant and wasteful: its disbursements without efficient accountability: and its taxes (for duties are but taxes) enormous, unequal, and oppressive to the great producing classes of the country.

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A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.

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I hold that there is a mysterious connection between the fate of this country and that of Mexico: so much so that her independence and capability of sustaining herself are almost as essential to our prosperity and the maintenance of our institutions as they are to hers.

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What we want, above all things on earth in our public men, is independence. It is one great defect in the character of the public men of America that there is that real want of independence: and, in this respect, a most marked contrast exists between public men in this country and in Great Britain.

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Protection and patriotism are reciprocal. This is the way which has led nations to greatness.

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We ought not to forget that the government, through all its departments, judicial as well as others, is administered by delegated and responsible agents: and that the power which really controls, ultimately, all the movements, is not in the agents, but those who elect or appoint them.

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