A Reconstruction of the Union.
— A plan for the reconstruction of the Union upon the basis of leaving out the New England States is now very generally engaging the earnest attention of the people of the great West. The impression seems to prevail that the present untoward events are about to take that turn. The perfidy of those States in the conduct of the war is awakening the people to a just and proper view of our national troubles. — The fact that those States were mainly instrumental in bringing about the present unfortunate state of affairs is now finding an almost universal expression among the people of the western States. The history of the past seems to justify and force the conclusion that we can never have permament peace until those pestiferous States are sloughed off. They are, and ever have been, as sores upon the body politic. The masses of the people of that hot-bed of fanaticism and bigotry, are as distinct from those of the western and southern States as though they were a different race and spoke a different language. We do not mean to say that there are no good people in that section; for indeed there are. It is that old Puritanic element of which we speak; and which governs in all matters of church and State as completely as when they burnt witches and whipped their neighbors on Sunday. In a commercial point of view, they are but a burden and a tax upon the nation. They produce nothing, but live by the advantages we afford them by our commercial relations with foreign nations. We contribute to their support by every yard of calico and domestic we buy. They are as dependent upon the west and south as the suckling child upon its mother. In a political point of view that detestable section has ever been the bane of the republic. Their mission has ever been so foment and stir up sectional strife and hatred. They were never known to rise above their own local prejudices and wretched isms when called to act upon questions of national concern.
They refused the great Webster permission to speak in Boston, because he determined to stand by and support the Constitution on the slavery question. Their people are as much under the control of the fanatical and bigoted clergy as in the days of Cotton Mather and Johnson. A blind fanaticism has ever characterized that people. It is taught from the pulpit, under the cloak of religion. For bigotry, self-righteousness, insolence, blasphemy, intolerance, fanaticism and a general inexcusable, meddlesome disposition, the New England clergy are unrivalled on either continent; they are a disgrace to their profession the world over; and the sway which they hold over the people but too well attests the total unfitness of the latter for self-government — especially for political associations with the people of the west and south.
But for that section we would have had no war — no blooodshed; and but for their hateful and treasonable interference we would have peace upon just and equal terms in less than sixty days. And without her in future, our people, as a nation, would be "one and inseparable."