Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

I must resist it [a rider on an appropriation bill] to the last extremity. I say, first, I object to the repeal of important legislation designed to protect the elections, to secure the purity, the honesty, the sanctity of the ballot-box. But what is of far more importance, I object to the bill because it is an unconstitutional and revolutionary attempt to deprive the Executive of one of his most important prerogatives; to coerce him to approve a measure which he in fact does not approve.... I stand for "the equal" and constitutional "independence of the Executive."
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 529, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (18 March 1879).
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