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The adoption by Jefferson and the Republicans of the political structure of their opponents is of an importance hardly inferior to that of the adoption of the Constitution by the states.
So far I, at least, have no fault to find with implications of Hamilton's Federalism, but unfortunately his policy was in certain other respects tainted with a more doubtful tendency.
Our country was thereby saved from the consequences of its distracting individualistic conception of democracy, and its merely legal conception of nationality. It was because the followers of Jackson and Douglas did fight for it, that the Union was preserved.
Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith.
Let it be immediately added, however, that this economic independence and prosperity has always been absolutely associated in the American mind with free political institutions.
In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.
I am not a prophet in any sense of the word, and I entertain an active and intense dislike of the foregoing mixture of optimism, fatalism, and conservatism.
Had it not been for the Atlantic Ocean and the virgin wilderness, the United States would never have been the Land of Promise.
Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically absolute popular government, but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.
American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation.
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