The Northern Democracy.
--The most sickening exhibition of Yankee character in this villainous war, is the idea avowed by organs of the Northern Democracy
, that they will adopt a policy of what they call moderation and conservatism in the present conflict, which will enable them at the end of it to claim Southern friendship and support in the future political contests of what they of course assume will still be the United States
What do they take us for?
Dolts, idiots, slaves, or brutes?
If the North
could conquer the South
, what do these men suppose the South
would hereafter care for party contests?
What Southern man would ever give a vote again?
What negro slave even would wear a badge of freedom while he remained a slave?
No! If you can enslave us, do it, but don't expect us to pretend that we are free, or to amuse our bondage by a child's rattle, like the ballot-box.
If we must have masters, we will not choose who they shall be. If the shackles must be put upon our limbs, it matters hot whether the tyrant be Banks
, Whigs or Democrats.
We have no choice.
We know no difference between Democrats and Republicans, except that the latter never professed to be our friends; the former did, and then deserted us at the moment of trial; and at this moment compose the great majority of the soldiers who are invading our soil and butchering our people.
Our ‘"natural allies,"’ the Northern Democracy
, need not expect after this war to gull the South
, even if they could conquer us, with soft sawder and lying professions.
There is no medicinal power in their honeyed words to bring our dead to life, to heal the wounded spirit of a gallant and unoffending people, to restore lost confidence.
Reduce us to bondage if you can, but you cannot make us hewers of wood and drawers of water for any political party.
Should ever that dark day arrive when we become provincial and, vassals of the North
, inflict upon us then any and every other evil that can be heaped upon a people except the caresses and lubrications of that foul snake, the Northern Democracy