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In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a congress?Lincoln, Abraham
Source: Representative ABRAHAM LINCOLN, remarks in the House, July 27, 1848.The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 1, p. 504 . · This quote is about uncategorised · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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