Loyalty Vs. Disloyalty.
We live in an age when certain fanatical leaders profess loyalty and charge all others with disloyalty. It is an eminent and just principle of law, that a man is innocent of crime until proved guilty. But this true honored principle has been changed by those that abolitionism has accidently raised to power. They charge their political opponents with disloyalty, condemn them, set in judgment upon their case, and execute the punishment. Greater the endurance, more frequent the insult and violence. It is now borne in the last extremity. Forbearance has ceased to be a virtue, and resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. We are told that we must not talk about the constitution; and that it is our duty to swear fealty to Lincoln and his administration. This constitutes their loyalty, and our disloyalty. We prefer the "disloyal" side.
We had and now do suppose that when Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Daniel Webster spoke of the constitution, they were loyal. Those wise statesmen told us:
In question of power let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitutions. — [Thomas Jefferson.
It is well known there always have been those amongst us who wish to enlarge the powers of the general government; and experience would seem to indicate that there is a tendency on the part of this government to overstep the bounderies marked out for it by the constitution. Its legitimate authority is abundantly sufficient for all the purposes for which it was created; and its powers being expressly enumerated, there can be no justification for claiming beyond them. Every attempt to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed. — [Andrew Jackson.
A strict submission, by every branch of the government, to the limitations and restrictions of the constitution, is of the very essence of all security for the preservation of liberty, and no one can be a true and intelligent friend of liberty who will consent that any man in public station, whatever he may think of the honesty of his motives, shall exercise or enact an authority above the constitution and the laws. — Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may — [Daniel Webster.
In those days patriots felt proud of such men, and gloried in their noble sentiments; but to-day we are told by men in administrative power, "to go beyond the constitutional limits." Senator Ben. Wade, of Ohio, said in a late speech, "Any person claiming a strict construction of the constitution, is an aider and abettor of rebellion." Already the accursed doctrine North and South, has dug the graves and ruined the fortunes of millions of people, and shall it now, as the final and crowning act of its perfidy and crime, trample the laws and enslave the North? Disloyalty for strictly construing the constitution of the Republic for which our fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. "Traitors," "rebel sympathizers," "aiders and abettors of treason," for contending for personal liberty under that blood bought compact, which is hailed by the wise men of abolitionism as a covenant with death and a league with hell!!