Gloucester Daily Times
---- — To the editor:
What happens when an irresistible force meets up with an immovable object? The immovable object always moves.
The immovable object being those who re-invent themselves, when reality, in the face of natural law, confronts them.
To paraphrase Jefferson, what of ourselves? Who face up to the truth about them; and practice natural law — belief being the assent of the mind to an intelligible proposition.
The session of the first Congress convened since republicanism has recovered its ascendancy is now drawing to a close. They will pretty completely fulfill the desires of the people. They have reduced the army and navy to what is necessary. They are disarming executive patronage and preponderance, by putting down half the offices of the U.S. which are no longer necessary.
These economies have enabled them to suppress internal taxes, and make provision for the payment of their public debt as to discharge it in 18 years. We have suppressed public forms and ceremonies which familiarize the public to the harbingers of other forms of government.
So what is ‘republicanism’ but the essence of our republic — “where sovereignty rightfully resides in the people or a certain portion of the people — the legislative and administrative powers of our government being lodged in officers elected by and representing us. It is “we, the people,” becoming a community working freely for the same cause.
The First Congress under the Constitution established equitable maxims of common law may give rise to federal jurisdiction, no less than when our civil rights are based on a federal statute — Beverlin v. LR.S., D.C.Mo.1983, 574 F.Supp. 553 (1983).
They have lopped off a parasite limb, planted by their predecessors on their judiciary body for party purposes; they are opening doors of to the fugitives from the oppressions of other countries. And we have suppressed those public forms and ceremonies which familiarized the public to the harbingers of another form of government.
To quote: “Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored ... such as groping, for some middle ground between the right and the wrong; ... right makes might...let us...dare to do our duty..” Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union, NYC, Feb. 27, 1860.
PAUL G. SCHEURER