Excerpt from The Millsaps Collegian, Vol. 7: The Ideal Versus the Practical in Politics Plato was t alone when he conceived of an ideal republic; he was a mere type of the political man of all ages. But Plato's republic was a mere dream. More than twenty centuries afterwards men as wise as he, and more practical, were called, t only to conceive of an ideal republic, but to frame and organize it. For the first time in history a people, having achieved their freedom, undertook to give substantial form to their political ideals; and various were their conceptions, ranging from a limited monarchy with Washington as king, to a loose federation of independent states; from the ideal of Hamilton who exalted the central government, and who was willing to risk tryanny rather than put order in jeopardy, to the ideal of Jefferson who exalted the citizen and risked anarchy rather than endanger individual liberty, out of these blended ideals came the Constitution - the exact ideal of single statesman, but the composite of them all; a document of which Gladstone said, it is the grandest instrument ever struck off at one time by the hand of man. The ideal, though always before us, is ever vanishing and unattainable. We are led away by the allurements of the selfish and sensual, by greed and gold. Frail human nature falters in pursuit of its highest good, for the muddy vesture of decay doth grossly close us in. Yet the ideal has the Divine sanction, for linked with the assurance that ne doeth good, is the inspired command, Be ye perfect. The same is true in the realm of government. The ideals for which our forefathers fought are forgotten in the stress and strife of sectionalism and commercialism. True, conditions are ever changing and the statesman, although inspired by ideals, should t lose sight of the practical. The age is too utilitarian. It looks too much to the practical, too little to the ideal. The practical politician should be the man who embodies and puts into practice the lofty ideals of the statesman but the term is w one of reproach. Too often the ideal is entirely lost. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.