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A gag law.
[from the New York day Book, 9th.]

The hypocritical friends of ‘"free speech and free discussion"’ have appropriately opened Congress by the passage of a gag law. They have passed a resolution to cut off, by the mere ipse dixit of the Speaker, every proposition of peace every effort at compromise, in fact every movement not intended to prosecute this bloody and inhuman war. The country will understand that this resolution is aimed directly at Mr. Crittenden, whose power and influence these disunion Abolitionists feared. Mr. Crittenden is effectually snubbed. He may now pack up his trunk and return to Kentucky. The country which had fondly hoped that he might yet be influential in presenting some proposition to stop this accursed din of arms, is doomed to disappointment.

Protests against such unheard of despotism, as crushing out the freedom of Congressmen, were of no use. Mr. Wickliffe (Ky) declared in the name of his constituents, his country and God, that the legislation of this House should be left free and untrammelled. But he was answered with a general sneer, and every proposition looking to freedom of discussion was instantly voted down. Thus we see freedom of speech stricken down — freedom of debate in Congress cut off, and the National Legislature degraded to a mere tool of the Executive. The cloven foot, cunningly concealed in the folds of the flag of the Union, is now exposed to view, and Black Republicanism stands forth revealed in its true light, the enemy of popular liberty, the hater of free inquiry. It not only fetters the people, but it shackles their representative. Little more can the noble and gallant defenders of the Union do in Congress now than look on in sorrow and shame, while the Disunionists complete the destruction of our county.

Little more can they do than see one after another of the stones in the temple of constitutional liberty undermined by the fanatical enemies of our Government Little more can they do than raise a voice of earnest protest against the contemplated overthrow. All around them they see men wild with fanaticism, intoxicated with passion, rushing the ship of State over rocks and breakers into the maelstrom of destruction. Will not the venerable Crittenden raise his voice in this, apparently the last agony of a nation's death? Will he not expose, with his withering touch, the real designs of the wicked party in power? The gallant Vallandigham has rung the tocsin of alarm in the Great West, and the people are there arousing in their might. But we need some man of Mr. Crittenden's years and patriotic impulses to strike another chord. We trust he will not fail to do so. Let us have peace and we can have the union; but if we have war, we must have disunion. Let the party in power be rebuked. Let us stand for free speech, untrammeled discussion, and let the cry go forth ‘"Down with gag laws! "’--‘"Down with Black Republicanism!"’

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