By J. Rudanko
Freedom of speech is a convention particular to American political tradition, and this publication specializes in significant debates and discourses that formed this practice. It sheds clean mild on key Congressional debates within the early American Republic, constructing and using an method of fallacy concept compatible to the research of political discourse.
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SEDGWICK hoped the House would not consume their time in a lengthy discussion upon what business should be done first. He was of opinion that there were several matters before them of more importance than the present; and he believed the people abroad were neither anxious nor jealous about it; but if they were, they would be satisfied at the delay, when they were informed of the cause. He begged, therefore, that the question proposed by the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. LEE) might be put without further debate.
However, the salience of fallacy theory to the motion is still confirmed by the fact that Representative Tucker raised the possibility of it being one, in which case it would have been another type of ad socordiam. In this case the House of Representatives would have created the body that would then have killed the project. That is, it would have delegated the task of considering the project to a committee in order to have the project killed. This type of ad socordiam is entirely conceivable in political discourse, and it may be labeled delegational ad socordiam.
Sherman had been a member of the Constitutional Convention, where he vehemently attacked the proposal for a Bill of Rights, and he was one of the Federalists who had not wavered in his opposition to amendments. It is not for nothing that he has been called an arch-enemy of amendments. It is worth adding that his biographer notes that Sherman composed an article against constitutional amendments in early 1789 and then took steps to have the article published in selected New England newspapers (Collier 1971, 297).