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COOL -- VERY!
Raleigh, North Carolina, Register [Whig]
(22 March 1854)
"Standard" contains an article, headed "The National Party,"
which, for cool vanity and impudence, beats anything which has for some time
appeared in that print.
It is an attempt to prove the locofoco party the
national party, and the Whig party a mere
Let the article speak for itself:
"There can be no doubt now, even in the minds of the most
ultra Whigs, that the democratic party is the national
party of the country.
This fact is proved by its course for years past, and especially shown
in the late vote in the Senate on the Nebraska bill, when fourteen Northern
Democrats voted to abrogate the Missouri line, and, consequently, to let
in slavery to Nebraska and Kansas, provided the climate and soil should be adapted to
it; and no Whig from the free States so voted.
The Democratic party is, therefore, the
national, and the Whig party is, therefore, the
The fact is especially shown in the late vote
in the Senate on the Nebraska Bill!" As this appears to be the
"especial," the strong proof, to make out the
"Standard's" case, we shall address ourselves "especially" to
A complete reply to such stuff is to be found in the fact, that the
Nebraska bill has not been made a party issue by either party.
The fact is well known, that the
"Washington Union" has proclaimed, for months past, that it
should not be regarded in such light, -- that one could be a good
democrat, though he might vote against it!
Again: Has the
"Standard" had its eyes shut (we suppose it has!)
to the fact, that the immense demonstrations made at the North
against the bill were directed by democrats, as well
as Whigs, -- that many of their strongest, most eloquent, most
powerful leaders, took prominent parts in those demonstrations?
Has it yet been discovered how the constituents of the
"fourteen Northern Senators" who supported the bill will stand?
Is it not evident, that an immense majority of both parties at the
North are opposed to the bill, -- that this opposition is
increasing, and is likely to sweep over all mere party distinctions?
Talk about Northern democracy, under this test, being
A short time since, Van Buren, Chase, Cochrane, Stuart, of Michigan, and many
others, who are against the bill, were ALL
national, because they stood on the "Baltimore Platform!" The truth
is, the best and the only test of nationality, with
"Standard" and such, is adhesion to the party, right or
O'Conner, leading upwards of eighty thousand voters
in New York, were national, very
national, until they refused to be dictated to by the Administration, as to how
they should vote in the State election, and declined indignantly an association
with Van Buren & Co.; and then, lo! they were, by the fiat of those
in power, denationalized!
The absurdity of the
"Standard's" reasoning must be so apparent, to every man of
ordinary information, that it would be unnecessary to pursue the subject
farther, -- but we ask attention to one other fact.
"Standard" says, that fourteen northern Senators voted "to
abrogate the Missouri line," (in voting for the Nebraska bill.) Now this
is not the truth.
All know that the Nebraska bill is based, explicitly, upon the
assumption, the ground, that the Compromise of 1850 abrogated the Missouri
line! If so, then how does the
"Standard" and nearly its whole party, at the South
stand as to nationality?
The Compromise of 1850 was denounced with a venom, almost fiendish in its
character, by the Democracy of the South, (with a few honorable
exceptions,) and by no one with more of such venom than the Editor of the "
Standard;" yet they were claiming, all the time, to be the
indentically same, Simon pure, national party!
whist Mr. Fillmore, and those
Whigs and Democrats who stood by the Compromise, were
attempted to be degraded into a faction!
This arrogance in claiming all the "nationality" for his
Party, in connection with the Nebraska bill, is of a piece with his claiming all
the "patriotism and honor" for that same Party, when it opposed the
Compromise measures of 1850!
It was at that time and by those measures that "the Missouri
Compromise was abrogated" -- by which the odious slavery restriction was taken
from an immense territory, of sufficient dimensions to make twelve States as
large as North Carolina -- and by which the slave-
holders of the South were permitted to enter that territory on
equal terms with citizens of the North.
Those who supported, through evil as well as through good report, those
measures, were the patriotic, the true "national Party." Was the Editor of the
"Standard" of that number? Were his political friends of
He will be sick of his own "nationality," before he is done with this
We have his files of 1850-'51, and they tell a tale, which will put to
shame his boasted nationality!
We shall give extracts from them in due time.
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