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Austin Blair, called the “Civil War Governor of Michigan,” was a leader in organizing the Republican Party in the Northwest, a strong abolitionist and a foe of slavery and secession.
In 1872, Blair made a number of powerful speeches for civil as against military government. These speeches—one of which is presented here—were widely read throughout the United States during that time period.
In this oration, Blair warns against allowing weak checks and balances among the various branches of government, particularly urging caution to avoid following a military command model and unleash too much power in the President: “The President of the United States, with the power in his hands to suspend that writ at his pleasure, is a dictator in fact, whatever he may be called. It is in the power of his single will to shut up all the courts in the country, to arrest every person in the land by armed soldiery, without a warrant, and to imprison at discretion any citizen who may have incurred the displeasure of the government. This power is so vast and so dangerous that nothing short of the actual existence of the emergencies contemplated by the constitution could for a moment justify it. That it should have been contemplated at all is an evidence of the great progress made within the last four years in those principles and practices which easily justify the use of arbitrary power. There has been no invasion or rebellion, and there is no reason to apprehend either. . . .”