Gentlemen, only a few more words as to this alliance.
For my part, I have to say, that whether there be such an alliance, depends, so far as I know, upon what may be a right definition of the term alliance.
If for the Republican party to see the other great party to which they are opposed divided among themselves, and not try to stop the division and rather be glad of it — if that is an alliance, I confess I am in ; but if it is meant to be said that the Republicans had formed an alliance going beyond that, by which there is contribution of money or sacrifice of principle on the one side or the other, so far as the Republican party is concerned; if there be any such thing, I protest that I neither know any thing of it, nor do I believe it. I will, however, say — as I think this branch of the argument is lugged in — I would before I leave it, state, for the benefit of those concerned, that one of those same Buchanan
men did once tell me of an argument that he made for his opposition to Judge Douglas
He said that a friend of our Senator Douglas
had been talking to him, and had among other things said to him : “Why, you don't want to beat Douglas
“Yes,” said he, “I do want to beat him, and I will tell you why. I believe his original Nebraska
bill was right in the abstract, but it was wrong in the time that it was brought forward.
It was wrong in the application to a Territory in regard to which the question had been settled ; it was brought forward at a time when nobody asked him ; it was tendered to the South
when the South
had not asked for it, but when they could not well refuse it ; and for this same reason he forced that question upon our party; it has sunk the best men all over the nation, everywhere ; and now when our President
, struggling with the difficulties of this man's getting up, has reached the very hardest point to turn in the case, he deserts him, and I am for putting him where he will trouble us no more.”
Now, gentlemen, that is not my argument — that is not my argument at all. I have only been stating to you the argument of a Buchanan man. You will judge if there is any force in it.
everlasting popular sovereignty!
Let us for a moment inquire into this vast matter of popular sovereignty.
What is popular sovereignty?
We recollect that at an early period in the history of this struggle, there was another name for the same thing--Squatter Sovereignty
. It was not exactly Popular Sovereignty, but Squatter Sovereignty
What do those terms mean?
What do those terms mean when used now?
And vast credit is taken by our friend, the Judge
, in regard to his support of it, when he declares the last years of his life have been, and all the future years of his life shall be, devoted to this matter of popular sovereignty.
What is it?
Why, it is the sovereignty of the people!
What was Squatter Sovereignty
I suppose if it had any significance at all it was the right of the people to govern themselves, to be sovereign in their own affairs while they were squatted down in a country not their own, while they had squatted on a Territory that did not belong to them, in the sense that a State belongs to the people who inhabit it-when it belonged to the nation — such right to govern themselves was called “Squatter Sovereignty
Now I wish you to mark.
What has become of that Squatter Sovereignty
What has become of it?
Can you get any body to tell you now that the people of a Territory have any authority to govern themselves, in regard to this mooted question of slavery, before they form a State Constitution?
No such thing at all, although there is a general running fire, and although there has been a hurra made in every speech on that side, assuming that policy had given the people of a Territory the right to govern themselves upon this question ; yet the point is dodged.
To-day it has been decided — no more than a year ago it was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States
, and is insisted upon to-day, that the people of a Territory have no right to exclude slavery from a Territory, that if any one man chooses to take slaves into a Territory, all the rest of the people have no right to keep them out. This being so, and this decision being made one of the points that the Judge
approved, and one in the approval of which he says he means to keep me down-put me down I should not say, for I have never been up. He says he is in favor of it, and sticks to