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A people, really oppressed to a great degree by their sovereign, cannot well be insensible when they are so oppressed.
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According to this way of arguing, there will be no true principles in the world; for there are none but what may be wrested and perverted to serve bad purposes, either through the weakness or wickedness of men.
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All civil rulers, as such, are the ordinance and ministers of God; and they are all, by the nature of their office, and in their respective spheres and stations, bound to consult the public welfare.
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But let us remember, at the same time, government is sacred, and not to be trifled with.
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Common tyrants, and public oppressors, are not intitled to obedience from their subjects, by virtue of any thing here laid down by the inspired apostle.
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Extremes are dangerous.
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For which reason I would exhort you to pay all due Regard to the government over us; to the KING and all in authority; and to lead a quiet and peaceable life.
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I now add, farther, that the apostle's argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary.
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It becomes us, therefore, to be contented, and dutiful subjects.
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It does not appear but that mankind, in general, have a disposition to be as submissive and passive and tame under government as they ought to be.
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It is our happiness to live under the government of a PRINCE who is satisfied with ruling according to law; as every other good prince will - We enjoy under his administration all the liberty that is proper and expedient for us.
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It is true the apostle puts no case of such a tyrannical prince; but by his grounding his argument for submission wholly upon the good of civil society; it is plain he implicitly authorizes, and even requires us to make resistance, whenever this shall be necessary to the public safety and happiness.
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It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly, for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable, ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery.
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Let us all learn to be free, and to be loyal.
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Let us not profess ourselves vassals to the lawless pleasure of any man on earth.
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Let us prize our freedom; but not use our liberty for a cloak of maliciousness.
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Nor was there ever any general complaint against any administration, which lasted long, but what there was good reason for.
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Not to discontinue our allegiance, in this case, would be to join with the sovereign in promoting the slavery and misery of that society, the welfare of which, we ourselves, as well as our sovereign, are indispensably obliged to secure and promote, as far as in us lies.
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Persecution and intolerance are not only unjust and criminal in the sight of God, but they also cramp, enfeeble, and diminish the state.
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The apostle enters upon his subject thus - Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there is no power but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God.
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The only reason of the institution of civil government; and the only rational ground of submission to it, is the common safety and utility.
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There are men who strike at liberty under the term licentiousness.
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There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism.
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Till people find themselves greatly abused and oppressed by their governors, they are not apt to complain; and whenever they do, in fact, find themselves thus abused and oppressed, they must be stupid not to complain.
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