Attitude of the Democratic Party.
Time always vindicates the wisdom of the policy of the democratic party and of its administration. It has done so in connection with recent events, with more than usual emphasis. For years and years it warned the country that this eternal agitation of the slavery question, if not stopped, would bring the greatest calamities upon us; that it would lead to a divided Union, and civil war between the sections; to national and individual bankruptcy; to personal and political ruin. It plead with its political opponents north, with the mad fanatics of the south, to forbear, to stay their hands, to stop what they called their "irrepressible conflict," for the good of the country. — Their appeals were spurned. Their warnings were disregarded. We were told by the republican statesmen that the agitation could go on; that it did not endanger the Union; that a sectional triumph would produce no danger; that in case they were successful, all would go on as gay as a "marriage bell." The people for once listened to their syren soothing voice, and installed them in power. We would have liked to see the democratic predictions prove false — we had a million times rather that they have had the name of false prophets, than to see our country in its present lamentable condition. But all the worst fears of the democrats, all their worst predictions, have been more than realized. Look at the contry — look at its present — survey its future. For all the evils, present and prospective, the democratic party is guiltless, as it lifted up its voice and warned the people of them. Had the democratic policy not been parted from; had its council been listened to, we should have been to-day a happy and united people, and prosperity would have smiled upon the land. The democrats advised that the slavery question should be let alone; that the compromise of the constitution be adhered to with strict fidelity. Its strong common sense enabled it to perceive that this great country could only be saved by a compromise and conciliation of all the various interests, and that as long as nearly one half of the States were slaveholding, it was egregious folly to suppose that our general government could pursue an anti-slavery course without the greatest troubles and disasters to the whole political and social fabric. Our opponents believed otherwise. We give them credit, at least the masses, for honesty; but oh how terribly have they been mislead by demagogues and political idiots to the brink of detruction!
The old, stereotyped charge of corruption was instrumental in causing the people to vote down the democratic men and democratic policy. What have we seen? Why, in less than three months it is an admitted fact that those purists who supported the administrations of Lincoln and Dennison have stolen more from the government, from the brave soldiers, than all the money abstracted from the treasury for half a century. Since the fourth of March — republican papers themselves being the witnesses — there has been a regular carnival of corruption, that puts to shame everything we have seen in that line. The conduct of the democrats in the war is also another evidence of their warm and ardent patriotism, that has exhorted praise from even their political opponents. While opposing the policy which has led to it, believing it unnecessary and injudicious, they were the first to respond to the call of arms, when they were left no other recourse. A large majority of the soldiers, who are new in the front of the enemy are democrats, while those who have instigated the war, preferred that way of settling our difficulties to a peaceful compromise, remain comfortably at home, assailing other Democrats and Union men, who have ever been and are now for their country, as traitors. These leaves, drawn from the great book of the past, indicate the policy to be pursued by the people in the future. Turn out the politicians of the Lincoln and Dennison stripe as quickly as possible. They have shown themselves incompetent to govern the country. Turn them out at the elections as fast as you have the opportunity and restore to power that organization which would have, if it had been permitted, averted all our present evils, and whose policy yet can alleviate and mitigate them. — [Cincinnati Enquirer.