hold their sceptres in virtue of a league with it. Louis Napoleon
exercises despotic sway over a large portion of as free a people in their opinions and sentiments on all subjects without the range of priestly dictation and dogmatism as can be found on the globe.
But how does he do it?
He crushed the measures of liberty in Italy
, and restored the Pope
to his throne.
Not only because a republic in Italy
would be a dangerous neighbor, but also because he needed the authority of the priesthood to enforce the politico-religious dogmas upon which alone his despotic throne could repose with safety!
Thus a large community who are among the most enlightened and devoted friends of liberty, are ruled by a grinding despotism; and this is only an instance in which the genius of liberty is crushed and trodden under foot by the man of sin. “Education and the genius of liberty have done much in Europe
, and are daily struggling against fearful odds; and may do much more in this country to modify and restrain this power, but they are impotent to its destruction.
It is, in itself, so entirely contradictory of all liberty, and at the same time so full of vitality, that God in mercy has only relieved the despair of the world by the assurance that he would destroy it. Thus Paul
says:” The man of sin, who opposeth and