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The Republican County Convention

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Parent Issue
Day
20
Month
February
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
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H. D. Platt, ex-state oil inspector presided over the republican county convention Tuesday, and Evart H. Scott acted as secretary. The committeeon order of business was Prof. Osband, W. K. Childs and William Judson; on credentials, Robert Campbell, J. C. Bemis and F. B. Braun; on resolutions, A. J. Sawyer, Andrew Campbell and Dr. C. G. Darling. The following delegates were elected to the state convention ist district, Lester Canfield, Evart H. Scott, J. L. Gilbert, J. F. Lawrence, Nathan Pierce, A. R. Beal, Edwin Ball, A. J. Sawyer, Thomas Birkett. 2nd district, George C. Smyth, H. D. Platt, J. C. Bemiss, M. D. Raymond, A. F. Freeman, H. P. Thompson, P. W. Carpenter, G. D. Wiard, M. F. Case. Chairman Sawyer on. resolutions, prefaced the resolutions by saying it was a question whether or not it was proper in advance of the state and national conventions for a county convention to lay down a platform of principies. The committee had been divided, but by a majority vote had decided in favor of the resolutions submitted. The resolutions were as follows: The republicans of Washtenaw county, in convention assembled, affirm our continued faith in the fundamental principies of the republican party, and declare First - That in the administration of President Harrison we recognize a careful, intelligent, economical and honest administration of national affairs. Second - That it is the duty of the general government, at all times, at home and abroad, to guarantee to its citizens the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Third - No republican form of government can long exist that denies to any of its citizens a voice in public affairs. It is, therefore, the imperative duty of the general government to protect the humblest of its citizens, everywhere within the borders of this republic, in his right to vote for the party and persons of his choice, and to have that vote properly canvassed and honestly returned. Fourth - The republican party is the party of protection to home interests and home industries, and to that policy it devoted itself unhesitatingly, and the prosperity of our people on every hand is an evidence of the wisdom of that policy. Fifth - That in the consummation of the industrial alliance, between this republic and Brazil, we recognize an act of profound statesmanship, well worthy of the republican party, and of that grand old stalwart, James G. Blaine, through whose masterly diplomacy the great result was achieved. Sixth - That while we would not disturb the friendly relations existing between us and our Canadian brethren, we cannot fail to see that our interests, social, financial and political are one, and we shall hail with delight the dawn of that day that shall make us one people. Seventh - We believe our system of Judiciary to be the crowning glory of our republican institutions, and in order to maintain the high standing it has justly attained, a wise choice of our best men should be made by our coming convention. Eighth - And we believe that all State andNational conventions should bea fair exponent of the wishes of the majority of the party, and we most emphatically condemn any packing of caucuses, or capping of conventions, as being destructive of the best interests of the Republican party. Ninth - In the coming convention, the well being of the University of Michigan is largely at stake, and we bespeak at the hands of that convention, such a selection of standard bearers as will inspire the confidence of the whole people in its continued prosperity. Robert Campbell said the republican party was somewhat mixed up in its views and ideas and he would like to hear the resolutions discussed. Andrew Campbell had an abiding faith in the continuance of republican principies. The idea that the mission of the republican party is fulfilled is no more true than that the mission of man is fulfilled. He believed it the best exponent of political thought in the country. On the tariff question he stated to a man last fall that if he believed the tariff system detrimental to his own occupation he wouldn't change his politics if satisfied it was for the good of the whole people. The man who wouldn't do more for his principies than for his own self interests, wasn't much of a man. Republican party management was one thing, and republican principies another. The party management might be wrong, the principies were not. So they needed to come together to swear allegiance to republican principies. Col. Dean said he was present as a, republican and expected to die a republican. John F. Lawrence said all knew that a body of men working harmoniously had an influence divided action did not have. He regretted to say there were a few differences among republicans, but was glad to see no differences in the conventions. The only way republican principies could be maintained was by united action and mutual concessions. Prof. Osband, of the Ypsilantian, spoke of a certain body in the heavens which became entangled in the moons of J├║piter, which couldn't get out for two years because there were four moons instead of one, and thought the republican party was like it. Sometimes combinations arise which defy leadership Land resultjin defeat. He thought last fall's defeat was irom over confidence. He thought no newspaper should be allowed to say that the live issues of the republican party were sapless. He didn't like the thought that the party is worshiping the idols of the past. He believed the republican party the only party capable of grasping the emigration question. The resolutions were then adopted. It cannot failto be noticed how far the speakers steered clear from defining the live issues on which the republican party stands.