The Democratic Machine, 1850-1854

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APPENDIX
DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM--1852
1. Resolved, That the American democracy place their trust in the intelligence, the patriotism, and the discriminating justice of the American people.
2. Resolved, That we regard this as a distinctive feature of our poltical creed, which we are proud to maintain before the world, as the great moral element in a form of government springing from and upheld by the popular will; and contrast it with the creed and practice of federalism, under whatever name or form, which seeks to palsy the will of the constituent, and which conceives no imposture too monstrous for the popular credulity.
3. Resolved, Therefore, that entertaining these views, the Democratic party of this Union, through the delegates assembled, in general convention of the states, coming together in a spirit of concord, of devotion to the doctrines and faith of a free representative government, and appealing to their fellow-citizeens for the rectitude of their intentions, renew and reassert before the American people, the declaration of principles avowed by them on a former occasion, when, in general convention, they presented their candidates for the popular suffrage.
4. Resolved, That the Federal government is one of limited powers derived solely from the constitution, and the grants of power shown therein ought to be strictly construed by all the departments and agents of the government, and that it is inexpedient and dangerous to exercise doubtful constitutional powers.
5. Resolved, That the constitution does not confer upon the

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