On Tolerating Law that is Not Obligatory on the Legislature

The promise of what was to be our form of government, and how it would rest on several pillars of lucid and just arrangements between itself and the People, should never be broken.  But it has been. Part of the Promise was this. "The House of Representatives . . . can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society. . . . If it be asked, what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer: the genius of the whole system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and above all, the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America, a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it. ....If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate any thing but...(Read Full Post)