Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Speech to the Senate, 1830


“The spirit of which I speak creates imaginary and magnifies the real causes of complaint; arrogates to itself every virtue—denies every merit of its opponents; secretly entertains the worst designs…mounts to pulpit, and, in the name of a God of mercy and peace, preaches discord and vengeance; invokes the worst scourges of Heaven, war, pestilence, and famine, as preferable alternatives to party defeat; blind vindictive, cruel, remorseless, unprincipled, and at last frantic, it communicates it communicates its madness to friends as well as foes; respects nothing, fears nothing.” –Sen. Edward Livingston, speech to the Senate, 1830

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