LET US BE CAUTIOUS OF UNDERVALUING AMERICAN LIBERTY …

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Let us be cautious of undervaluing the liberty we enjoy in this country of ours. As far as I can tell there is no country on earth where there is so much grumbling and fault-finding as there is in The United States of America.

Men look at the fancied evils which they see around them, and exaggerate both their number and their intensity. They refuse to look at the countless blessings and privileges which surround us, or underrate the advantages of them. They forget that comparison should be applied:  with all our faults and defects there is at this hour no country on earth where there is so much liberty and happiness for all classes, as there is in The U.S. of A. They forget that as long as there is humanity, it is vain to expect perfection in this world. No laws or government can possibly prevent a certain quantity of abuses and corruptions.

Let us be cautious of undervaluing American liberty, and running eagerly after every one who proposes sweeping changes. Changes are not always improvements. The old shoes may have some holes and defects, but the new shoes may pinch so much that we cannot walk at all. No doubt we can dream of better laws and government than we have, but I am quite sure we might easily have worse too!

At this very day there is no country on the face of the globe where there is so much care taken of the life, and health, and property, and character, and personal liberty of the humblest inhabitant, as there is in The United States. Those who want to have more liberty would soon find, if they crossed the seas or our borders, that there is no country on earth where there is so much real liberty as our found in the United States. Let us be cautious of undervaluing American liberty!

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