Douglas and the Democracy.
Wednesday August 25, 1858.
The Missouri Republican, the great Western organ of Lecomptonism, published on the 17th instant a letter from Senator Green of Missouri, in relation to Judge Douglas re-election to the Senate. Mr. Green repeats his formerly expressed hope and belief that Mr. Douglas will still fight in the ranks of the Democratic party, and says that if he does so , he (Mr. Green) would much prefer to see him elected to the Senate instead of any "Black Republican." He (Green) however says that he will not take the stump for Douglas, "without certain evidence of his fidelity".
In commenting on this letter, the Republican remarked:
"To us it is apparent, that there is nothing wanting to effect a complete concentration of the Democratic party and of that outside influence which justly belongs to the Old Line Whig and Conservative strength than a prompt answer to two questions on the part of Judge DOUGLAS: 1. If elected Senator by the members of the Legislature to be chosen next November, will be thereafter continue to act with the Democratic party? And, 2. Will he abide by, and support the nominees of the Democratic party to be made at Charleston, in 1860, for President and Vice President of the United States?
"We need not state why it has become necessary that such questions be propounded, but we will say that there are many men in his own State – a sufficient number to control the election—- who are anxious that they should be answered, and answered in the affirmative, so that they may give to him, an earnest and effective support now and hereafter."
This article of the Republican has been commented on by several of the Democratic papers of Illinois, in a tone of grief and complaint over the Republican's skepticism. Why should Douglas' fealty to the Democratic party be doubted? – they say: why should any one doubt for a moment that he will always act with that party, whether in the Senate or out of it, and will heartily support all its regular nominees for office?
As a sample of these comments, take this from the Springfield Register, which after complaining of the questions as uncalled for and insulting, answers them in the following explicit language:
"Mr. Douglas will be a Democrat while he lives. As to his supporting the nominees of the Charleston Convention,why should there be a doubt of it? We confidently expect Judge Douglas himself to be the nominee of that Convention, and as such elected President of the United States. We think, in this connection, it is rather impertinent (immodest at any rate) to require a man to say whether he will support his own nomination!"
This is, or ought to be, sufficient to satisfy all those Republicans who have been tempted to hope that the warmth of our Senator's pro-slavery zeal had moderated,—that he is yet just as firm an upholder of the peculiar institution as ever, and just as likely to go all lengths with the ultra slavery-propagandists for its defence and spread. Indeed, there can be no reasonable question that if returned to his seat in Senate,—with a six years' lease of power secured at any rate, and with his eye on the glittering prize which the Charleston Convention will hold up as a reward to the most eminent among the servants of slavery,—he will endeavor to win favor from the slave power, and pardon for his Anti-Lecompton transgression, by new and daring assaults upon the liberties of the country and by new schemes to complete the nationalization of his pet institution. The danger that he will do so is too imminent to be lightly incurred, and we trust the people of Illinois are about to avert it by sending a true Republican to fill his seat.