The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes — rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments.
Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself?
We are now forming a Republican form of government. Real Liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship.
If the Constitution is adopted the Union will be in fact and in theory an association of States of a Confederacy.
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
Power over a man’s subsistence is power over his will.
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.