Thursday, June 06, 2013

1864 Democratic Platform

Democratic Platform

   Resolved, That in the future, as in the past, we will adhere with unswerving fidelity to the Union under the Constitution, as the only solid foundation of our strength, security and happiness as a people, and as a framework of government equally conducive to the welfare and prosperity of all the States, both Northern and Southern.

   Resolved, That this convention does explicitly declare, as the sense of the American people, that, after four years of failure to restore the Union by the experiment of war, during which, under the pretense of a military necessity of a war power higher than the Constitution, the Constitution itself has been disregarded in every part, and public liberty and private right alike trodden down, and the material prosperity of the country essentially impaired, justice, humanity, liberty, and the public welfare demand that immediate efforts be made for a cessation of hostilities, with a view to an ultimate convention of all the States, or other peaceable means, to the end that at the earliest practicable moment peace may be restored on the basis of the federal union of all the States.

   Resolved, That the direct interference of the military authority of the United States in the recent elections held in Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Delaware was a shameful violation of the Constitution; and the repetition of such acts in the approaching election will be held as revolutionary and resisted with all the means and power under our control.

   Resolved, That the aim and object of the Democratic party is to preserve the Federal Union and the rights of the States unimpaired; and they hereby declare that they consider the administrative usurpation of extraordinary and dangerous powers not granted by the Constitution; the subversion of the civil by the military law in States not in insurrection; the arbitrary military arrest, imprisonment, trial and sentence of American citizens in States where civil law exists in full force; the suppression of freedom of speech and of the press; the denial of the right of asylum; the open and avowed disregard of State rights; the employment of unusual test oaths, and the interference with and denial of the rights of the people to bear arms in their defense as calculated to prevent a restoration of Union and the perpetuation of a deriving its just powers from the consent of governed.

   Resolved, That the shameful disregard of administration to its duty in respect to our fellow-citizens who now are and long have prisoners of war, in a suffering condition, deserves the severest reprobation on the score of public policy and common humanity.

   Resolved, That the sympathy of the Democratic party is heartily and earnestly extended to the soldiery of our army and the sailors our navy, who are and have been in the field and on the sea under the flag of their country; and, in the event of our attaining power, they will receive all the care and protection, regard and kindness, that the brave soldiers of the Republic have so nobly earned.


The Democrats whining about "the interference with and denial of the rights of the people to bear arms in their defense"?? Now THAT is a definite difference from the current 'democrat' party of today, isn't it? Wonder if they know what the word hypocrisy means?

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