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Political Honesty In Michigan

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From tho New York Evening Post. At last, among the many democratie conventions which, have met this summer, the second one has been held which dares to stand upon the truo democratie principies - free trade, hard money and local self-government. - The first and only other unquestionably democratie convention to accept all of these principies was that in Maino. We have not forgotten that most admirable platform adopted by a convention in Illinois which is by some described as democratie. But this Illinois convention was called and attended by some old Kepublicans as well as by demócrata ; it distinctly took the name of " opposition," and the western democratie newspapers which believe in rag money assail it as in opposition to the democratie party. We repeat that Michigan is the second state in which the democrats have dared to assert the wholo truth. Aside irom the usual partisan appeals and denunciations, the platform adopted at Kalamazoo, in so far as it deals with domestic and national affairs, is unmistakably correct. " We demand a ropeal of the Legal-Tender act," it says, " to take effect not later than July 4, 1876, and a specie basis and free banks with a seoured currency. We demand a tariff for revenue only, free from unjust discriminations, that raise little or no revenue, créate monopolies, unnecessarily increase the cost of living, and encourage corrupt legislation ; and we demand the payment of all forras of national debts in coin or its equivalent when due, and an equal and just distribution of taxes on imposts required to raise the noeded revenue." These declarations are in agreeable contrast to the obscure or discreditable opinions expressed by the democrats elsewhere. In Indiana, Ohio and Missouri they openly espoused the cheap money heresy. In Pennsylvania, Delaware and Massachusetts they failed to demand revenue reform. In Maine and Michigan alone do they as a party speak the entire truth. We should be glad to see the democrats of Michigan elect their candidates. We say this on the assumption that they have nominated as good men as those presented by the Eepublicans, and because of the fact that the Eepublicans of that state contamptuously rejected the honest financial policy set forth at Phüadelphia by the National Eepublican party. To prevent any misunderstanding, we reprint a resolution offered at the Eepublican Convention of Michigan as a part of th lorm, and voted down, as follows : " That we believe a return to a gold basis sliould be speedily made ; ap, prove and adopt the principies of , ünance embodied in the veto message ! of President Grant of what is known ! as the "Senate Currency bill," and reaf firm that part of the thirteenth resolution adopted at the National Eepublican Convention held at Pniladelphia in 1872, relating to the resumption of specie payments." Even in these days there are very few examples of so open and emphatic a denial by a political party of its own recorded pron?ises, and any party ought to be defeated which is guilty of such an act.


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