d's laws — men so degraded, though unconsciously, that in the pursuit of justice we renounce the human character and assume that of the beasts ; it is said that murder, robbery, rape, arson, theft, if only plaited with the soldier's garb, go unwhipped of justice.
Sumner's Oration. It has never been the habit of the military to retort these charges upon the other professions.
We prefer to leave them unanswered.
If demagogues on the stump, or in the legislative halls, or in their Fourth-of-July addresses, can find no fitter subjects to point a moral or adorn a tale, we must be content to bear their misrepresentations and abuse.
Unjust wars, as well as unjust litigation, are immoral in their effects and also in their cause.
But just wars and just litigation are not demoralizing.
Suppose all wars and all courts of justice to be abolished, and the wicked nations as well as individuals to be suffered to commit injuries without opposition and without punishment; would not immorality