COERCIVE GOVERNMENT IN RELIGION AND MEDICINE

In order that the American citizen may discharge his duty in helping intelligently to preserve inviolate the blessings of our free institutions, it is necessary for him to understand certain fundamentals of government, as the history of this country shows that attempts are made with frequency to procure legislation which is in plain violation of such fundamentals, and that these attempts are made sometimes from selfish and unpatriotic motives and sometimes through ignorance and narrow-mindedness.

Examples of the first class occur when any set of persons seek to procure laws which will confer special privileges or benefits upon one class at the expense of the remainder of the people. If, to illustrate, an effort should now be made to obtain legislation under which a powerful monopoly for the manufacture of breadstuffs could be built up and maintained, it would at once be recognized to be an unmistakable crime against good government. Any false pretenses and plausible sophistries which might be put forward as arguments for such legislation would not now be able to deceive the country. Such an attempt would be foredoomed to failure because American citizens have already suffered too terribly from the disastrous laws procured under deceptive pretexts in the past, which have fostered greedy and insatiable monopolies to gnaw at the vitals of this land and to become a great menace to the purity of our government.

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