National Affairs: How to Make an Outlaw

Satirists and cynics make meat of a certain fact of human nature—the difference between a man's opinions before taking office and after. But that difference is a natural thing. For a man's opinions before taking office are likely to be a compound of his desires—his desire for office and his desire for what he believes should be done; and his opinions afterward are likely to be determined by the exigencies of office, by the pressure of responsibility and by the restrictions of practicability.

So the Philadelphia Forum assembled, last week, with interest to...

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