have heard Lord Beaconsfield called “a liar,” and Mr. Gladstone
, “a madman.”
It means, that the speaker disagrees with the politician in question, and dislikes him. Not that I assent, on the other hand, to the thick-and-thin American patriots, who will tell you that there is no more corruption in the politics and administration of the United States
than in those of England
I believe there is
more, and that the tone of both is lower there; and this from a cause on which I shall have to touch hereafter.
But the corruption is exaggerated; it is not the wide and deep disease it is often represented; it is such that the good elements in the nation may, and I believe will, perfectly work it off; and even now the truth of what I have been saying as to the suitableness and successful working of American institutions is not really in the least affected by it.
Furthermore, American society is not in danger from revolution.
Here, again, I do not mean that the United States
are exempt from the operation of every one of the causes — such a cause as the division between rich and poor, for instance — which may lead to revolution.
But I mean that comparatively with the old countries of Europe
they are free from the danger of revolution; and I believe that the good