Preparing and reading his baccalaureate sermon with particular care and formality, President Taylor engaged his large audience in consideration of the radical tendencies he saw in the federal government and their auguries for the nation’s future.

“A startling change has come over American political thought,” he said.  “I am not now referring to the vast increase, deplorable indeed, of war talk and war feeling, but to the more dangerous tendency to absorb legislative and even judicial powers into the executive department of the Government….

“It is a foolish, unwarranted faith in a Government, in its power to right the wrongs that only the people can right, and it is the cessation of government by the people and for the people, and…it is a death knell of democracy, a mortal stroke against the independence and the manhood of the citizen.”     The New York Times