ground of argument

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Now under these circumstances, and considering that none of us can quite set ourselves above public opinion, wouldn't a trifling concession to that opinion be-- Come, sir,' said Rugg, 'I will put it on the lowest ground of argument, and say, amiable?'
But perhaps I should have been alerted right away to Rutledge's manner of reading when he wrote, in that very first sentence, that I would have had the dissenting judges "invoke human nature" as their ground of argument in sustaining the laws on marriage in Obergefell.
This combination of happenstance--the shape Kemple chooses for his figure, his arbitrary designation of the image as one "of sacrifice," the randomly lifted bit about Egyptian pyramids--provides the ground of argument for much of the rest of the chapter's extended treatment.