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RANGERS AND SOVEREIGNTY
took them they were ill at ease to embrace its gilded
charms; but reassurance came to them in a knowledge
that good society came from a good base.
We shall abstain from politics, religion or law, only
to give a definition of politics, offered by a statesman,
who said: "Politics is anything pertaining to law."
But from this we dissent, and offer a substitute:
,Politics is anything for the betterment of our institutions
of government. Religion is the outgrowth
of moral ethics, but Christianity is a different thing.
Law is the executive branch of both politics and
Christianity, it rather seeks shelter under Christ's
precedents. Some may say that these great questions
have no analogy to the subject; but a great state,
trying to operate a government under their power,
must have a cause and justification.
_We had to meet a condition, not a law, of savage
atrocity. We could not apply our law in revenge,
which made our case clearly one in self defense. The
State of Texas realizing this could only operate a
force within state lines. The Rangers were her
militia, as the name "Ranger" had no' standing in
law. It came to us more from tradition, when Texas
was a republic, and is dear to us yet. The moral force
of its meaning will never die in Texas.
Texas found that the practical acquisition of her
frontier furnished an asset to the state, which vastly
augmented her wealth. The live-stock industry easily
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