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ing so. But, after he had twitched our nose, or spit in our face, it would be an unheard of enormity, if we should let fly at him with the left, a la Heenan, and floor him. England, thus has subjugated for mere empire a hundred millions of people; Russia, Austria, and Prussia, who conquered and partitioned Poland; Spain, who utterly destroyed two civilized nations; and France, who made war against the world — would say we had done wrong if we struck our enemy except in retort; and even Lincoln and Seward would denounce us as savages. Because the Congress of the United States has as yet passed no general bill of confiscation, the refore, it is insisted by this class of legislative warriors, that we should pass none either; even though, as is the case, the Northern Executive and army have been engaged for more than a year in the work of actual confiscation. That, however, is denied to be legislative confiscation, and therefore, it is maintained, we must not reply with legisla
, in the person they have selected as a chief magistrate. He is the head of the nation, and the world looks as materially to him as a representative of the body politic, as individuals look to the head of a man in estimating his value as an individual. If a wise and virtuous people, having the power of election, cannot choose a wise and virtuous ruler, what is the use of political wisdom and virtue? If a nation setting up pretensions to such qualities, deliberately elects such a man as Abe Lincoln as its President, is it not the best evidence which can be given that they are no better than the object of their choice, that like President, like people; that a vulgar, profane, obscene rail-splitter is, as they have declared him by their votes, the representative of the Yankee nation? What must the world at large think of republican institutions when they see one of the coarsest and vilest of mankind placed and upheld in the Presidency, not only by their votes, but by large standing a