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While the radical Congress of the United States was preparing to vote the whole South out of the Union, and existing only as military satrapies of the empire, whose head is at Washington. President Johnson, by one of those operations familiar to all readers of campaigns as a flank movement, rendered its position altogether untenable. In plain terms, the President has withdrawn the military Governor from the State of Alabama, and surrendered the government into the hands of a ruler chosen by herself. The whole radical pack may howl until the howling shall be heard in the remotest corners of the globe; but they cannot alter the fact, or destroy the relations thus established. All the legislation which they may inaugurate cannot make that which the President recognizes as the State of Alabama a more military dependency of the Government at Washington. In spite of such legislation, the Legislature of Alabama will pass laws; in spite of it, the Judiciary will administer those laws; in spite of it, those laws will be executed by the Governor. Congress may declare the State of Alabama out of the Union. If the President veto any law to that effect, the enormous majority of both Houses may pass it over his head. What then? The President is the chief executive officer. He commands the army and the navy. He may neglect or refuse to execute any such factions and ruinous law as this, quietly leaving it to the "sober second thought" of the people at the next election to decide upon its merits. In the mean time, Alabama may go on enjoying all the rights enjoyed by the other States that have not fallen under the ban of Congress — may assemble Legislatures, pass laws, and do every other thing except send Senators and Representatives to Congress. The State of Georgia will soon follow Alabama, and the State of North Carolina is treading hard upon the heels of the State of Georgia. In that way, without the intervention of Congress, the whole South may be quietly restored. Congress may vote them out of the Union once a week, from this day forward until doomsday, but as long as they have the making of their own laws it will, we take it, be a matter of small concern to them.
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