The Vote That Made the President

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Published: 1877
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,480 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 310
Added to site: 2009.10.11
mnybks.net#: 25529
Genre: Short Story
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The facts thus briefly recited present certain questions--moral, political, and legal--which cannot be considered too soon for our good repute and our self-respect.

THE MORAL QUESTION.

Whatever differences of opinion there may be about the political and legal questions involved, there can be none about the moral. The presidential office is the gift of the people of the several States, of their own free-will, expressed according to the laws. A falsification of that will is an offense against the State where it is committed, and against all the States. If the falsification is beyond the reach of the law, it is not beyond the reach of the conscience. A robbery is none the less a robbery because it is beyond the range of vision or the arm of justice. If the possessor of an estate has entered through the forgery of a record or the spoliation of a will, which although believed by every neighbor is beyond judicial proof, all the world pronounces his possession fraudul

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