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The Democratic Principles And Organization

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Day
5
Month
April
Year
1872
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Public Domain
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Fiom thu Oi-mocratic Expounder. The Democratie party had control of this goveinment foi lialf a contury and more, during which tlie country went on l'.iom prospurity to glory. The general government eonfiding itsolf to its constitutionul orbit left the glorious eonstellation ot' stars - tho States of the Union - fi'i'C, soveroign, and independent in all rspects, save where the peoplc had surroudered their rights, privileges, and ini mnnitios to the general govemmunt. In ftict, the glory of our froe institutions was tho achiovoment of the Democratie party, governed by Democratie principies. An insano and foolish, as well os traitorous, moveiiient on the part of leading Demócrata of tho South, broko up the Democratie party, and when they did so, brought the people ander tho doiuination of a diiïerent principie, roprosenting consolidation, tho fundamental ground-work of monarchy. Military rule follovved, with despotism and other tins with all their woes. The Democratie party has been proscribod as oonniving with the rebellion, tejauso a few traitoruus men suoceeded in putting themselves and their people outside the palo of loyalty to tho Coustitution and laws. But no morit has been accoided by its opponents for tho patriotic stand they toon under the load of Douglas to put down the rebellion. The Radical party bogan thoiiJ wark of destruction by entering the school houses and using the pulpits of the land to edúcate the people and the rising generation that tho Doniocrat c party was based on human slavery, and, having securod their sympathy, have evev sinco, on the idea that they wero a God-indorsed party, conunifted thoir depredations on the Gonstitution and destroyed almost every principie which characterized the government of our fathers, who declarod their independonce from England and proinulgated their principies in the Declaration of Independonce, written by the father of tho Democratie party, Thomas Jefferson. Much will have to be dono in the way of disseminating the truo doctrines and principies on which our governmont was founded before the Democratie pirty will, through its principies, again resume its wonted power. Information in the shape of documonts, and public speeches and tracts for tho especial instruction oi young men, must bo spread broadcast, and men deeply imbued with the democratie idea of governmout must take tho lecture field. Democrats wero wont to be held together by a unión of ideas and a unity of principies, but such has been the work ot Radical opposition that a portion of the younger men of the land aro led to doubt whether any party exists, or over did exist except on the principies of public robbery and plunder. This idea must be eradicated, and above all things, tho work of the Deniooracy should bo directed, by koeping up their organizaron, to tho rcdemption of the young men who have boen led iuto erior. it is not by any means the casn thut thero are no youug mèn in our country who erabraco the Democratie faitn and prinoiples. There are scores and thousands whose voices are yet to be haard, as their votos will be feit for our couutry's redemption. It is for these, and on account of these, we ought to be faithful to our timo honored organization. Keep it whole. Observe its ancient forms and make its independent norainations. The party may be beatón aguin, as it has been, but we are bound to transmit our free institutions, bascd upon the Democratie principies founded by our fathers, to cur posterity. For if we fail in our day and generation, posterity will not held us guiltloss. They will assuredly in tho future redeem and roassert tho doctrines of our fathers, and of the héroes and sages of the revolution. They will as assuredly maint.iin the covenants of the Constitution and the doctrines and principies avowed qy Madison and Jefferson, and other compatriots, and and edopted by later sagos as the true principios of free government. For this reason, among many others, we are for holding on to our organization. For this reason, we canuot fooi like amalgamating with any party whose principies and existence is not rooted and grounded with tho true faith. Disband ! It is inipossible. If we of this day and generation suffer our organization, so long powerful and irnited if not successt'ul of lato years, to be neglected or abandoned, or merged into sometemporary political organization, instead of maintaining our principies of justice and right, which are eternal, we shall be held heroafter as uufaithful to tho great trust roposod in us, and as guilty of filching from posterity the great treasure of such freo government and freo institutions as our fathers loft us to onjoy, to presexve and transmit to all succeeding generations. If through faithfulness and parsimony, short-sightedness aud indiscretion, and more than this, if for timeserving purposes, and to kocp up tho roign of faotion and luxury, and tho four great monsters who have hitherto destoyed every republio that ever existe! on the globe and threaten to destroy ours - if it be for these we disband our ancient organization and thertby surrender the people's liberties, posterity will even if necessary, by anothor war like tho American Revolution, rodoem the land from the threatened destruction of its liborties, its glories, and its naino.

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