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Mr. Crittenden, of Kentucky, seems determined to make a driveller and a show of himself to the last. He has been making a speech in Philadelphia, full of the usual platitudes of United States patriotism. He repeats again and again his assurance that the Union is safe; because, says he, "If we have now and then foolish rulers, we have a wise people, " and again, "I believe in the people," and much other sickly, demagegical stuff of a like character. One of the greatest pleasures we have enjoyed since our separation from those interesting foreigners, the citizens of the United States, is hearing very little of the dear people. It is only when some old political stagers, some veteran political place-hunter, like John J. Crittenden, obtrudes himself upon our vision, that we are reminded of the nauseating fisttery which were periodically heaped upon the sources of power and patronage. Here is John J. Crittenden, now an old man, with one foot in the grave, soon to appear at the tribunal of the Great Judge, uttering the same detestable nonsense and falsehood that he has bought his way with from youth to the present hour, chartering truth and self respect for a beggarly mess of political pottage. When Mr. Crittenden says "we have a wise people," he tells that which he knows not to be true, which he knows to be the very opposite of truth, and which all experience disproves. In what way have the people shown their wisdom? In what way did they ever show it? Did they prove it in the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency of the United States? Mr. Crittenden says: ‘"If we have now and then foolish rulers, we have a wise people, "’ Pray who elected those "foolish rulers" but that "wise people? " Nor is it only "now and then" that they elect them. For the last quarter of a century no man of first-rate abilities had the remotest chance of being elected President of the United States.-- Webster, Clay, and Calhoun, could not come within gunshot of the Presidency. It was enough to ruin a man before the "wise people" to be suspected of having more brains than themselves. Great, lofty intellects, combined with good, moral natures that disdained to flatter them, and always told them the truth, were not the men for the people's money. --If a great statesman undertook to set himself in the way of the popular passions they swept him away where he was never heard of again. It was only old political courtesan like Crittenden and other experienced prostitutes that could always command the popular favor. They had only to talk about the "wise people," and "believing in the people, " and their fortune was made. How disgusting all this seems to us now as we stand amid the surges and wrecks of a war brought about by the arts of politicians playing upon popular credulity, ignorance, and passion! We hope in our new country never to hear these nauseating flatteries of popular intelligence. If the demagogue is to do his work here as he has elsewhere we know the consequences — the final and complete failure of the last republican experiment in the world. We have never doubted the patriotism of the people of the United States or any other country. It requires no intelligence or knowledge to be patriotic. If Mr. Crittenden were to speak of his country as he really believes, he would say that the rulers were more knaves than fools, and the people more fools than knaves. When did that wise people show their wisdom? In electing the worst men in the United States members of Congress and members of the Legislatures; in short, in filling every elective office — and every office was elective — with the most incompetent and dishonest men that could be found? Or did they demonstrate their transcendent intelligence in inaugurating the most foolish war, to say nothing of its wickedness, that is recorded in the annals of history? Yet Mr. Crittenden says that he believes in the people! Perhaps they also believe in him!--If they do, they are even greater fools than we had supposed.
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