...the Democratic party may be described as a common sewer and loathsome receptacle..

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Modern politics is a distressing topic and thus, this forum has banned its discussion. For those who feel the current political environment is concerning, it is wise to remember the 60's. Both the 1960's and the 1860's. Many of us are old enough to remember the 1960's and I suspect most would agree things were much more 'polarized' then. But in the latter part of the 1860's, the Civil War had just ended and it was time for the country to work together once again. Dirty politics was, is and will continue to be part of American politics. This is from 1866 and pretty humorous.
(Republished from the Chronicle of last week)

Gov. Morton, in his speech at Indianapolis a few days since, thus describes those WHO CALLED THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS.

"Every unregenerated rebel, lately in arms against his Government, calls himself' a Democrat.

"Every bounty jumper, every 'deserter,' every 'sneak' who ran away from the draft, calls himself a Democrat.

"Bowles, Milligan, Walker, Dodd, Hersey and Humphries called themselves Democrats

"Every 'Son of Liberty' who conspired to murder, burn, rob arsenals, and release rebel prisoners calls himself' a Democrat.

"John Morgan, Sue Monday, Champ Ferguson, Wirz, Payne and Booth proclaim themselves Democrats.

"Every man who labored for the rebellion in the field, who murdered Union prisoners by cruelty and starvation, who conspired to bring about civil war in the loyal States, who invented dangerous compounds to burn steamboats and Northern cities, who contributed hellish schemes to introduce into Northern cities the wasting pestilence of yellow fever, calls himself a Democrat.

"Every dishonest contractor who has been convicted of defrauding the Government - every dishonest paymaster or disbursing officer who has been convicted of squandering the public money at the gaming table or in gold gambling operations - every officer in the army who was dismissed for cowardiice or disloyalty calls himself' a Democrat.

"Every wolf in sheep's clothing who pretends to preach the Gospel, but proclaims the righteousness of man-selling slavery, every one who shoots down negroes in the streets, burns negro school-houses and meeting houses, and murders women and children by the light of their own flaming dwellings, calls himself' a Democrat.

"Every New York rioter of 1863, who burned up little children in colored asylums, who rubbed, ravished and murdered indiscriminately in the midst of a blazing city, for three days and nights, calls himself a Democrat.

In short, the Democratic party may be described as a common sewer and loathsome receptacle, into which is emptied every element of treason, North and South, and every element of inhumanity and barbarism which has dishonored the age."
 
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