WS>>What Changed?

Ray Thomas raythomas101 at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 16 10:02:27 MDT 2000


The power seekers took over.

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>From: carl william spitzer iv <cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM>
>Reply-To: Open discussion of current events <RUSHTALK at>
>Subject: WS>>What Changed?
>Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 20:39:59 PDT
>         From: "M.A.  Johnson" <michaelj at>
>           Democratic Platform of 1840
>       1.  Resolved, That the federal government is one of limited
>           powers,  derived solely from the constitution, and  the
>           grants  of  power shown therein, ought to  be  strictly
>           construed  by  all the departments and  agents  of  the
>           government, and that it is inexpedient and dangerous to
>           exercise doubtful constitutional powers.
>       2.  Resolved,  That the constitution does not  confer  upon
>           the general government the power to commence and  carry
>           on, a general system of internal improvements.
>       3.  Resolved, That the constitution does not confer author-
>           ity upon the federal government, directly or  indirect-
>           ly,  to  assume the debts of the several  states,  con-
>           tracted for local internal improvements, or other state
>           purposes; nor would such assumption be just or  expedi-
>           ent.
>       4.  Resolved,  That  justice and sound  policy  forbid  the
>           federal government to foster one branch of industry  to
>           the  detriment of another, or to cherish the  interests
>           of one portion to the injury of another portion of  our
>           common country -- that every citizen and every  section
>           of  the country, has a right to demand and insist  upon
>           an  equality of rights and privileges, and to  complete
>           and ample protection of person and property from domes-
>           tic violence, or foreign aggression.
>       5.  Resolved,  That it is the duty of every branch  of  the
>           government,  to  enforce and practice  the  most  rigid
>           economy, in conducting our public affairs, and that  no
>           more  revenue ought to be raised, than is  required  to
>           defray the necessary expenses of the government.
>       6.  Resolved,  That  congress  has no power  to  charter  a
>           national bank; that we believe such an institution  one
>           of deadly hostility to the best interests of the  coun-
>           try,  dangerous to our republican institutions and  the
>           liberties  of the people, and calculated to  place  the
>           business  of the country within the control of  a  con-
>           centrated money power, and above the laws and the  will
>           of the people.
>       7.  Resolved, That congress has no power, under the consti-
>           tution,  to  interfere  with or  control  the  domestic
>           institutions  of  the  several states,  and  that  such
>           states  are  the sole and proper judges  of  everything
>           appertaining  to their own affairs, not  prohibited  by
>           the constitution; that all efforts by abolitionists  or
>           others,  made  to  induce congress  to  interfere  with
>           questions  of  slavery, or to take incipient  steps  in
>           relation  thereto, are calculated to lead to  the  most
>           alarming and dangerous consequences, and that all  such
>           efforts  have  an inevitable tendency to  diminish  the
>           happiness of the people, and endanger the stability and
>           permanency  of the union, and ought not to  be  counte-
>           nanced by any friend to our political institutions.
>       8.  Resolved,  That  the separation of the  moneys  of  the
>           government from banking institutions, is  indispensable
>           for the safety of the funds of the government, and  the
>           rights of the people.
>       9.  Resolved,  That  the  liberal  principles  embodied  by
>           Jefferson  in  the  Declaration  of  Independence,  and
>           sanctioned  in the constitution, which makes  ours  the
>           land  of  liberty, and the asylum of the  oppressed  of
>           every nation, have ever been cardinal principles in the
>           democratic  faith;  and every attempt  to  abridge  the
>           present privilege of becoming citizens, and the  owners
>           of  soil among us, ought to be resisted with  the  same
>           spirit which swept the alien and sedition laws from our
>           statute-book.
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