Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - I’m putting together a history of the Louisiana Purchase. The reason for it is because so many people are convinced that Jefferson was a hypocrite, and that he did not consult the Constitution and that the Louisiana Purchase was an unconstitutional act, therefore Jefferson was no friend to the Constitution. That is not true. That is not the case. The Louisiana Purchase was a correct use of presidential authority, and the Senate and….Continue
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[The powerful Executive branch]...converts representation into vassalage to the leaders of parties, disciplined, not by the comparatively honourable infliction of the lash, but by the base and wicked sophism, that it is honourable to stick to a party, and treacherous to adhere to conscience. The disciples of this infamous doctrine are forged into tools for ambition and tyranny by praises and rewards, whilst honesty is discouraged by base epithets, as a foil to the varnish with which the decoys are painted, designed to deceive and enslave the multitude
John Taylor of Caroline from his 1814 book "An Inquiry Into the Principles & Policy of the Government of the United States"