Principium Volume I, Book 4, Quote 491 and 494

491. One of the circumstances which most powerfully contribute to support the Federal Government in America is that the States have not only similar interests, a common origin, and a common tongue, but that they are also arrived at the same stage of civilization; which almost always renders a union feasible. I do not know of any European nation, how small soever [sic] it may be, which does not present less uniformity in its different provinces than the American people, which occupies a territory as extensive as one-half of Europe. The distance from the State of Maine to that of Georgia is reckoned at about one thousand miles; but the difference between the civilization of Maine and that of Georgia is slighter than the difference between the habits of Normandy and those of Brittany. Maine and Georgia, which are placed at the opposite extremities of a great empire, are consequently in the natural possession of more real inducements to form a confederation than Normandy and Brittany, which are only separated by a bridge.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

` (Therefore, two things strike me as important while reading pages 127-129 of this book (Democracy in America), one a general diffuse knowledge of American political science, the workings of the local, State, and Federal Government being necessary for its smooth functioning and continued applicability to govern this people, and two, that the focus on the differences and the partitioning of the people into groups, label and name them what you want, will lead to the destruction of the Union. Focus and education should be directed at the similarities that all people share when coming to this nation, namely the desire to participate in the guaranteed freedoms and prosperity of this great Nation and the ills and virtues of Human Nature, however, that also lends itself to the participation of all, in the risks and limitations associated with the same principles of a free Republican Confederation, education of this form of government being vital to its preservation to all who enter its borders.)ATJ


494. Parties are a necessary evil in free governments; but they have not at all times the same character and the same propensities.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

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