"The Constitution and The Union.'
Not a stumper nor a banner of the pro-slavery party can be heard or seen that does not bray or blazon the motto above.
The Constitution says "Congress shall make no laws abridging freedom of speech or of the press."
The Black Democratic party denounces as treason resistance to the laws of Kansas, ("the territorial") and the Administration says they shall be inforced by the full power of the Government. These laws prohibit freedom of speech and of the press, let the Buchaniers with one breath shout for this Black Democracy, and with the next for the "Constitution!"
The Constitution declares: "Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble."
The people peaceably and lawfully assembled at Topeka. and Pierce scattered them at the point of the bayonet. The locofoco leaders endorse Pierce, and shout for the "Constitution."
The Constitution says: "Congress shall not abridge the right of petition."
Buchanan votes to abolish the right of petition in the case of slavery, and the Buchaniers scream "the Constitution."
The Constitution says; "The United States shall guarantee to every State a Republican form of government, AND SHALL PROTECT THEM FROM INVASION."
The locofoco "faithful and democratic administration" forces upon the territories a DESPOTISM, and sustains by arms authority, office, and soldiery the INVADERS of a peaceable territory, and now maintains the monstrous enactments of these invaders against the Will of the people. And yet the Black Democracy shrieks "the Constitution!!!"
The Constitution proclaims: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
The free settlers of the West are disarmed by Marhalls appointed by the "faithful Administration."
The Constitution says: "The people shall be secure in their persons and papers, houses and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures."
Jimmy Buchanan votes to rifle the mails of all "abolition" documents, letters, etc. And the Grand Jury under Judge Lecompton not only "search and seize," but burn down and destroy houses and presses.
The Constitution decrees: "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted."
What doe the reader think of hanging a man for expressing his honest opinion on the subject of free labor?
We might proceed to enumerate, but times and patience forbids. The question now occurs: why is it that this party who daily threaten to destroy the Union, who ruthlessly trample upon the Constitution, and violate every right of the citizen and of the State, are continually shouting for that which they stab, and extolling that which they avow they will destroy? Judas betrayed the Savior with a kiss. Douglass proclaimed 'squatter sovereignty' when he placed Kansas in the power of the pirates, and forced the people into their chains. Arnold wrote patriotic letters to George Washington at the same hour that he wrote capitulation of the American army. This is but the same system of damnable tactics, having for his object the blinding of the people while they are robbed of their rights and liberties.
[The Tiffin Tribune, Tiffin, Ohio, Friday, August 29, 1856. Vol. VIII. No. XLVII Pg. 2]