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Our Government springs from and was made for the people not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom. But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people, from whom it derives its existence, it should, from the very consideration of its origin, be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities. Monopolies, perpetuities, and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government, and ought not to be allowed. Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies; the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry. Wherever monopoly attains a foothold, it is sure to be a source of danger, discord, and trouble. We shall but fulfill our duties as legislators by according "equal and exact justice to all men," special privileges to none. Andrew Johnson

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Our Government springs from and was made for the people not the people for the Government To them it owes allegiance from them it must derive its courage strength and wisdom But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people from whom it derives its existence it should from the very consideration of its origin be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities Monopolies perpetuities and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government and ought not to be allowed Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry Wherever monopoly attains a foothold it is sure to be a source of danger discord and trouble We shall but fulfill our duties as legislators by according "equal and exact justice to all men " special privileges to none Andrew Johnson

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