The Object of the Abolitionists.
— There is more reason and cause for the persistent declaration of the Abolition press that Democrats are traitors and secessionists than is generally supposed. They have not entered upon this course without a motive. There is an object in it.
They are disappointed that the Democrats came forward and sustained the Government contrasting this patriotic course, no doubt, with what their own position would have been, had the democratic party been in power. Had that been the case, we should have had the scenes of the opposition to the Mexican war again enacted. — An Abolitionist would have prayed that the enemy might, "welcome our soldiers with bloody hands to hospitable graves." The "blue lights," would have been re-kindled.
As this has always been the feeling of the components of that party, they were astonished and annoyed that Democrats should stand by the country when its destinies are in the hands of those they had so long opposed. They erred in that they judged that there was no more love of country among the Democrats than would be found among themselves.
This has caused their mistake; now the feeling is to repair the damage. To this end, provoking and malicious falsehoods in regard to the loyalty of Democrats are issued. They are stigmatized as secessionists, they are absued and insulted because they dare express their solemn convictions. Their opponents are grieved and vexed and angry that they will not take the place they themselves have so often occupied, antagonistic to the country.
Now the game is to drive Democrats into this position — to make them so disgusted with proceedings that they will, in passion or otherwise, make assertions out of which capital for abolitionism can be manufactured. Any one who has read carefully the daily papers of this party, such as the New York Tribune and the Peoria Transcaipt, the last three months, will not fail to see the justice of our remarks.
But they will fail in this, as they have in a thousand instances. The democratic party has too much patriotism to go, or allow itself to be driven into a position against the country. It will stand by the old ship, and if she comes safely out of the breakers by which she is now surrounded, it will be its means. — [Peoria Union.