Saturday, November 22.
The rise of Abolitionism is an event which will ever mark the history of our government as dark and appalling to American freemen as is that of the reign of terror under Robespierre to the French. But there is a consolation arising out of the contemplation of these sad events, — they are never to be repeated. — A recovery from such horrid national calamities, if once effected, is final. The country will never be cursed with such another administration as the present; and the Abolitionists at Washington and elsewhere in power, conscious of their political sins and knowing full well that this is their last chance, are indulging in political corruption unprecedented in the history of the Republic.
The taking of a bribe by a member of Congress was heretofere regarded as an offense not to be tolerated by that body, but in the estimation of our Abolition Congress men it is all right. The stealing of hundreds of thousands of the public money by a Cabinet officer was heretofore regarded as a grave offense; but under the present administration it is deemed meritorious, and insures promotion to the guilty party. — Under a series of Democratic Administrations almost uninterrupted since the foundation of the government we had grown wealthy and powerful as a nation, and, as individuals, were happy, prosperous and contented. "Equal and exact justice" had so long been afforded us under Democratic majorities that we had become careless in the use of the means of continuing these blessings. The suspension of the Constitution and a general civil war among free people of the same language and religion, the same laws and customs, and endeared to each other by the ties of social equality and family relationship involving State against State, and even members of the same family against each other, were calamities of which our people had not dreamed: Neither had they, in the long course of Democratic rule, learned to fear that the time might come when the writ of habeas corpus would be denied every man, woman and child throughout the length and breadth of the land, and that our best and most prominent citizens would be torn from their families and dragged away thousands of miles beyond the limits of their own State and confined in loathsome prisons, without offense, without accusation and without trial; and when a public debt shall be incurred — to pay even the interest of which, the people would ever after be burdened with excessive taxes. — But, as a people, we have learned a lesson never to be forgotten.
The exercise of the right of suffrage will hereafter be regarded as a duty rather than a privilege. We must exercise reason and discrimination in selecting men for office. The obligations resting upon each individual voter is no less than that of the man duly elected, sworn to support the Constitution and perform the duties of his office. Let men consider this when about to cast their votes, and we shall have no more Lincolns and Sewards at the head of the government, rending it assunder, by insane and unconstitutional proclamations, in defiance of the essential and well-established principles of free government, and statesmanship will take the place of fanaticism in the halls of Congress.
Let the people be patient, Abolitionism is already dead — having died of its own innate corruption — and in two years more the vile carcasses which still exist in high places will be burried beneath the weight of popular indignation and contempt so deep that their political rottenness will no longer affect the public welfare.