On Transparency in Government

In 1799, NY Senator Burr debated the virtue of an amendment designed to prohibit naturalized citizens from obtaining elected office.

“America stood with open arms and presented an assylum [sic] to the oppressed of every nation; we invited them with the promise of enjoying equal rights with ourselves, and presented them with the flattering prospect of presiding in our councils and arriving at honour and trust; shall we deprive these persons of an important right derived from so sacred a source as our constitution[?]”

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