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I have already observed that, from their origin, the sovereignty of the people was the fundamental principle of the greater number of British colonies in America.

At the present day the principle of the sovereignty of the people has acquired, in the United States, all the practical development which the imagination can conceive. It is unencumbered by those fictions which have been thrown over it in other countries, and it appears in every possible form according to the exigency of the occasion. Sometimes the laws are made by the people in a body, as at Athens; and sometimes its representatives, chosen by universal suffrage, transact business in its name, and almost under its immediate control.

In some countries a power exists which, though it is in a degree foreign to the social body, directs it, and forces it to pursue a certain track. In others the ruling force is divided, being partly within and partly without the ranks of the people. But nothing of the kind is to be seen in the United States; there society governs itself for itself. All power centres in its bosom; and scarcely an individual is to be meet with who would venture to conceive, or, still less, to express, the idea of seeking it elsewhere. The nation participates in the making of its law by the choice of its legistlators, and in the execution of them by the choice of the agents of the executive government; it may almost be said to govern itself, so feeble and so restricted is the share left to the administration, so little do the authorities forget their popular origin and the power from which they emanate.

In the passage, Tocqueville presents himself as someone who is well acquainted with _____

A.ancient literature.
B.administrative policy.
C.popular opinion.
D.legal proceedings.

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emanate ['eməneit]

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v. 散发,发出

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track [træk]

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n. 小路,跑道,踪迹,轨道,乐曲
v. 跟踪

 
sovereignty ['sɔvrənti]

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n. 主权,独立国

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administration [əd.mini'streiʃən]

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n. 行政,管理,行政部门

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principle ['prinsəpl]

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n. 原则,原理,主义,信念

 
govern ['gʌvən]

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vt. 统治,支配,管理,规定
vi. 统治,

 
conceive [kən'si:v]

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v. 设想,构思,怀孕

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pursue [pə'sju:]

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v. 追捕,追求,继续从事

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popular ['pɔpjulə]

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adj. 流行的,大众的,通俗的,受欢迎的

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social ['səuʃəl]

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adj. 社会的,社交的
n. 社交聚会

 

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