The Union: Who Are Its Real Friends?
National Gazette, April 2, 1792
Not those who charge others with not being its friends, whilst their own
conduct is wantonly multiplying its enemies.
Not those who favor measures, which by pampering the spirit of
speculation within and without the government, disgust the best friends of the
Not those who promote unnecessary accumulations of the debt of the
Union, instead of the best means of discharging it as fast as possible; thereby
encreasing the causes of corruption in the government, and the pretexts for new
taxes under its authority, the former undermining the confidence, the latter
alienating the affection of the people.
Not those who study, by arbitrary interpretations and insidious
precedents, to pervert the limited government of the Union, into a government
of unlimited discretion, contrary to the will and subversive of the authority
of the people.
Not those who avow or betray principles of monarchy and aristocracy, in
opposition to the republican principles of the Union, and the republican spirit
of the people; or who espouse a system of measures more accommodated to the
depraved examples of those hereditary forms, than to the true genius of our
Not those, in a word, who would force on the people the melancholy duty
of chusing between the loss of the Union, and the loss of what the union was
meant to secure. The real friends to the Union are those,
Who are friends to the authority of the people, the sole foundation on
which the Union rests.
Who are friends to liberty, the great end, for which the Union was
Who are friends to the limited and republican system of government, the
means provided by that authority, for the attainment of that end.
Who are enemies to every public measure that might smooth the way to
hereditary government; for resisting the tyrannies of which the Union was first
planned, and for more effectually excluding which, it was put into its present
Who considering a public debt as injurious to the interests of the
people, and baneful to the virtue of the government, are enemies to every
contrivance for unnecessarily increasing its amount, or protracting its
duration, or extending its influence.
In a word, those are the real friends to the Union, who are friends to
the republican policy throughout, which is the only cement for the Union
of a republican people; in opposition to a spirit of usurpation and monarchy,
which is the menstruum most capable of dissolving it.