Early Garrison view of Politicians

Garrison, only 22 years old, writing to the Boston Courier, deplores that politicians are “actuated but by one sentiment, namely, a determination to triumph as a party” ….They take stands in favor of commerce or manufacturers  — “too often represented as rivals, but which, in fact are merely partners in business…. men are no longer to be selected for their discernment, experience, and integrity  …. these are qualities of minor consideration …they go to Congress, eat,  drink, and smoke  — pay visits, and even fight duels …. and nothing will be required at their hands but to drop a scrap of  paper into the ballot box  ….Does this partake of caricature?  Would to God time may not prove it reality.” (readinggarrisonsletters,  July 23, 1827)

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