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om his seat and offer an amendment.
We have too many would-be smart men; they have ruined our country by making a grand display of their acquired folly, at a cost of from four to eight dollars per day to our State and Federal Government.
I, for one am tired of such a useless tax, and will now suggest a form of government which will rid the people of it and them.
I propose that Virginia forthwith declare herself independent of the Federal Government, and then that every county in the State of Virginia declare itself independent of the State government — each county taking care of itself; every county will be taken care of. Justice being the law, and magistrates enforcing it, we shall have no need of learned ignoramuses to legislate for us.
By throwing open our ports we should make friends of the world, and have no need of standing armies, nor Old Abe as President.
Our postal affairs can be much better conducted by express companies, on the insurance principle.