Sunday, June 23, 2013
"Sir, it was not the power of arms which enslaved the people of Rome or of England..."
"Do you, Sir, does any intelligent man, believe, that people of Rome possessed the capacity to govern themselves, when Julius Caesar usurped the government of commonwealth? No, Sir, if there had been virtue and vigor enough in the people of Rome for self government, Caesar would not have made the attempt; or if he had, he would have lost his head; not Rome her liberty. When Caesar was slain, did Rome resume her freedom? No, she had lost the capacity. Sir, it was not the power of arms which enslaved the people of Rome or of England; it was a very different and far more dangerous power--the sly, insidious, unprincipled, and unceasing power of aristocracy."--Senator John Rowan, from Kentucky, Jan. 10, 1828. [REGISTER OF DEBATES IN CONGRESS, COMPRISING THE LEADING DEBATES AND INCIDENTS OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE TWENTIETH CONGRESS: TOGETHER WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING IMPORTANT STATE PAPERS AND PUBLIC DOCUMENTS AND THE LAWS ENACTED DURING THE SESSION, WITH A COPIOUS INDEX TO THE WHOLE. VOLUME IV. WASHINGTON: PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY GALE AND SEATON. Pg. 59]