CHAPTER III
AMERICANISM--ITS BODY

PROPERLY to understand the true nature and real significance of the form and structure of our government, we must view it as the physical organism and governmental mechanism, which give to the living principles of our political philosophy the mechanical body and the instrumentality that enable such principles to live, move, and have their being.

Our Founding Fathers were so obsessed with the necessity of safeguarding individual freedom from every possibility of governmental oppression, that they deliberately designed a scheme of government under which governmental prerogatives were so decentralized and scattered that no single political unit had sufficient power vested in it to give it the potentiality of oppression. They not only tried to put man's liberties beyond the reach of government, but they also tried to make government impotent legally to assail them. They were confident that without such a plan of government, the mere pronouncements of these rights would be futile. Their attitude toward the kind of Federal government they desired

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