On February 11, 1847, Ohio senator Thomas Corwin, a contender for the Whig Party's presidential nomination the following year, delivered the address below regarding military appropriations for the Mexican War. He opened with a discussion defending his right to dissent, and then began to comment on the dangers of untrammeled executive power. To what extent did he reflect traditional American themes? Read this page; the senator from South Carolina to which Corwin refers is John Calhoun.