Evidences multiply upon every side that the democracy appreciate the responsibility that rests upon the party in the great political struggle close upon us. The deep felt conviction that the redemption of this government rests upon the election of a conservative and constitutional administration to replace the present, now moves the national element of the country irrespective of past political associations. The issues of the contest are not glittering generalities, but questions of the government, of the constitution as it is, and as we have sworn to support it.
The action of the National Convention at Chicago, July 4th, determines the future of this government. If there is unity of action, upon tried and ancient principles, no power can withstand its supremacy. It must triumph. Vital to its success is a policy and a principle that will comprehend the magnitude of the crisis, and the redemption of the government to its prestine peace and glory.
Peculiar views upon minor points must be surrendered to secure unity of action upon the future policy of the party. The probable action of the Convention in the selection of a Presidential candidate, is already aforegone conclusion. Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan will be the nominee of the Convention.
Now, what must be the declaration of principles? Will it favor a prosecution of this war. God forbid. Will it endorse the "laws of necessity," promulgated by those in power, and the suspension of the most vital provisions of the constitution? — No. What then will be done? It will that declare a war; not for the defence, but for the supremacy of the constitution over every inch of territory within the United States of America. This war shall be vigorous, short, and decisive. Secondly, The only terms of peace that can be recognized will be obedience to the constitution, and to constitutional authorities.
The amnesty proclamation, the violations of the constitution, and the assumption of arbitrary power by the Executive and subordinate officers, will be repudiated and trampled as partisan measures for temporary advancement of an unprincipled, weak, and corrupt organization.
Let us look forward with national hope to this Convention. It will assemble upon an auspicious day. In 1776 our national independence was declared. In 1864 our redemption from the grasp of rebellion and the thralldom of fanaticism will be consumated, and the supremacy of the constitution acknowledged and maintained.