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4 Von Holst, vol. III. pp. 250-255, is emphatic in condemning the Whig opponents of the war who voted for the bill with its preamble, maintaining that they should at least have abstained from voting, and ‘not allowed the country to suffer from the guilt of its rulers,’ and that Congress by passion the bill made the President's mendacious statement of the origin of the war its own. He says: ‘If the entire opposition in both Houses of Congress had had the moral courage to act like Calhoun, the 11th and 12th of May, 1846, would not be counted among the darkest and most significant days in the constitutional history of the United States. The sixteen who voted against the bill deserve, from an ethical standpoint, still, greater recognition than the Carolinian, who thenceforth pursues his way in even greater isolation than before.’
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