Every man, who parrots the cry of ‘stand by the president’ without adding the proviso ‘so far as he serves the republic’ takes an attitude as essentially unmanly as that of any stuart royalist who championed the doctrine that the king could do no wrong. no self-respecting and intelligent free man could take such an attitude.
A policeman in plain clothes is a man; in his uniform he is ten. Clothes and title are the most potent thing, the most formidable influence, in the earth. They move the human race to willing and spontaneous respect for the judge, the general, the admiral, the bishop, the ambassador, the frivolous earl, the idiot duke, the sultan, the king, the emperor. No great title is efficient without clothes to support it.
Men who allow their love of power to give them a distorted view of the world are to be found in every asylum: one man will think he is the governor of the bank of england, another will think he is the king, and yet another will think he is god. Highly similar delusions, if expressed by educated men in obscure language, lead to professorships of philosophy; and if expressed by emotional men in eloquent language, lead to dictatorships.
King henry: but what a point, my lord, your falcon made, and what a pitch she flew above the rest! To see how god in all his creatures works! Yea, man and birds are fain of climbing high. Suffolk: no marvel, an it like your majesty, my lord protectors hawks do tower so well; they know their masters loves to be aloft, and bears his thoughts above his falcon's pitch. Gloucester: my lord, 'tis but a base ignoble mind that mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
A [desire] to abolish slavery prevails in north america, many of the pennsylvanians have set their slaves at liberty, and [virginia legislators] have petitioned the king for permission to make a law for preventing the importation of more [slaves] into that colony. This request, however, will probably not be granted, as their former laws of that kind have always been repealed.
He that plays the king shall be welcome- his majesty shallhave tribute of me; the adventurous knight shall use his foil andtarget; the lover shall not sigh gratis; the humorous man shallend his part in peace; the clown shall make those laugh whoselungs are tickle o' th' sere; and the lady shall say her mindfreely, or the blank verse shall halt fort.
We are with europe, but not of it. we are linked, but not comprised. we are interested and associated, but not absorbed. and should european statesmen address us in the words which were used of old — shall i speak for thee to the king or the captain of the host? — we should reply with the shunamite woman: nay, sir, for we dwell among our own people.
The provision of the constitution giving the war making power to congress was dictated, as i understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the constitution that no man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.