A Call to Reason

“There is too much at stake to allow pride or passion to influence your decision.  Never for a moment believe that the great body of the citizens of any State or States can deliberately intend to do wrong.  They may, under the influence of temporary excitement or misguided opinions, commit mistakes; they may be misled for a time by suggestions of self interest; but in a community so enlightened and patriotic as the people of the United States argument will soon make them sensible of their errors, and when convinced they will be ready to repair them.”

President Andrew Jackson circa 1830
as quoted by Jon Meacham in “American Lion”

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