How unjust and contemptibly mean it is, under these
circumstances, for the organs of the Republican party to
attempt to make political capital out of this personal
quarrel? And yet they are doing it, and would seem to
be justified in their course by the mass of their party.
An armed bully assaults, without warning, a Senator sitting unarmed and defenceless in his seat. This the Post calls "a quarrel." The old proverb that "it takes two to make a quarrel," it discards.
The "Republican party" in those days, as in these, undertook to "make political capital" out of the indignation done to their representatives. And what is more -- mark you -- they did it. The "political capital" made out of the blood of innocent men shed in a righteous cause, was the "capital" with which the Republican party of 1620 founded these States: the "capital" on which the Republican party of 1776 based their "circulating paper," the Declaration of Independence: and the "capital" with which the Republican party of 1787 set up in business for themselves was a National Partnership. It is good "capital." It is safer "capital" than ever laid in banker's vaults, surer "capital" than was ever hoarded in royal exchequer. Let General Pierce try whether it or his "$17,000,000 surplus" is of the most value in the political market."
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