But, for all its outward glory, the Capitol was really a glorified men’s club, purchased at enormous expense by the people of the United States for the benefit of those who ruled them without ever quite representing them. The part of Abigail that had learned under the tutelage of Professor Charles Finney to adore the republican principle was repelled by the presumption of aristocracy that the building presented.
congressmen who are embarrassed by past votes always claim later that they were misled. I am sure that the Managers will say that the Congress would never have given the President what he wanted had he not lied. It seems true in every age: legislators seem to be the most gullible creatures on the planet. They are constantly complaining that they have been made fools of.”