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The 1860 National Republican Platform
CPRR.org ^ | May 17, 1860 | National Republican Convention

Posted on 10/08/2007 4:07:14 PM PDT by mdittmar

"Resolved, That we, the delegated representatives of the Republican electors of the United States, in convention assembled, in discharge of the duty we owe to our constituent and our country, unite in the following declarations:

1. That the history of the nation during the last four years has fully established the propriety and necessity of the organization and perpetuation of the republican party, and that the causes which called it into existence are permanent in their nature, and now more than ever before demand its peaceful and constitutional triumph.

2. That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Federal Constitution, "That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," is essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions; and that the Federal Constitution, the rights of the states, and the Union of the states, must and shall be preserved.

3. That to the Union of the States this nation owes its unprecedented increase in population; its surprising development of material resources; its rapid augmentation of wealth; its happiness at home and its honor abroad; and we hold in abhorrence all schemes for disunion, come from whatever source they may; and we congratulate the country that no republican member of congress has uttered or countenanced the threats of disunion so often made by democratic members, without rebuke and with applause from their political associates; and we denounce those threats of disunion, in case of a popular overthrow of their ascendancy, as denying the vital principles of a free government, and as an avowal of contemplated treason, which it is the imperative duty of an indignant people sternly to rebuke and forever silence.

4. That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the states, and especially the right of each state, to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of power on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depends, and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any state or territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.

5. That the present Democratic Administration has far exceeded our worst apprehension in its measureless subserviency to the exactions of a sectional interest, as is especially evident in its desperate exertions to force the infamous Lecompton constitution upon the protesting people of Kansas - in construing the personal relation between master and servant to involve an unqualified property in persons - in its attempted enforcement everywhere, on land and sea, through the intervention of congress and of the federal courts, of the extreme pretensions of a purely local interest, and in its general and unvarying abuse of the power entrusted to it by a confiding people.

6. That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans; while the recent startling developments of frauds and corruptions at the federal metropolis, show that an entire change of Administration is imperatively demanded.
7. That the new dogma that the Constitution of its own force carries slavery into any or all of the territories of the United States, is a dangerous political heresy, at variance with the explicit provisions of that instrument itself, with cotemporaneous exposition, and with legislative and judicial precedent, is revolutionary in its tendency and subversive of the peace and harmony of the country.

8. That the normal condition of all the territory of the United States is that of freedom; that as our republican fathers, when they had abolished slavery in all our national territory, ordained that no "person should be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law," it becomes our duty, by legislation, whenever such legislation is necessary, to maintain this provision of the constitution against all attempts to violate it; and we deny the authority of congress, of a territorial legislature, or of any individuals, to give legal existence to slavery in any territory of the United States.

9. That we brand the recent re-opening of the African Slave Trade, under the cover of our national flag, aided by perversions of judicial power, as a crime against humanity, and a burning shame to our country and age, and we call upon congress to take prompt and efficient measures for the total and final suppression of that execrable traffic.

10. That in the recent vetoes by the federal governors of the acts of the Legislatures of Kansas and Nebraska, prohibiting slavery in those territories, we find a practical illustration of the boasted democratic principle of non- intervention and popular sovereignty, embodied in the Kansas-Nebraska bill, and a demonstration of the deception and fraud involved therein.

11. That Kansas should of right be immediately admitted as a state, under the constitution recently formed and adopted by her people, and accepted by the House of Representatives.

12. That while providing revenue for the support of the general government by duties upon imports, sound policy requires such an adjustment of these imposts as to encourage the development of the industrial interests of the whole country, and we commend that policy of national exchanges which secures to the workingmen liberal wages, to agriculture remunerating prices, to mechanics and manufacturers an adequate reward for their skill, labor and enterprise, and to the nation commercial prosperity and independence.

13. That we protest against any sale or alienation to others of the public lands held by actual settlers, and against any view of the free homestead policy which regards the settlers as paupers or suppliants for public bounty, and we demand the passage by congress of the complete and satisfactory homestead measure which has already passed the house.

14. That the Republican Party is opposed to any change in our naturalization laws, or any state legislation by which the rights of citizenship hitherto accorded by emigrants from foreign lands shall be abridged or impaired; and in favor of giving a full and efficient protection to the rights of all classes of citizens, whether native or naturalized, both at home and abroad.

15. That appropriation by Congress for river and Harbor improvements of a National character, required for the accommodation and security of an existing commerce, are authorized by the constitution and justified by the obligation of Government to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

16. That a railroad to the Pacific ocean is imperatively demanded by the interests of the whole country; that the Federal Government ought to render immediate and efficient aid in its construction; and that, as preliminary thereto, a daily overland mail should be promptly established.

17. Finally, having thus set forth our distinctive principles and views, we invite the coöperation of all citizens, however differing on other questions who substantially agree with us in their affirmance and support.

Supplementary Resolution. Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with those men who have been driven, some from their native States and others from the States of their adoption, and are now exiled from their homes on account of their opinions; and we hold the Democratic Party responsible for this gross violation of that clause of the Constitution which declares that the citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States."


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17 points on one page.

The 2004 Republican Party Platform was 85 pages,have we lost our way?

1 posted on 10/08/2007 4:07:15 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

yes, we have lost our way.


2 posted on 10/08/2007 4:15:25 PM PDT by tired1 (responsibility without authority is slavery!)
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To: mdittmar

Good find.


3 posted on 10/08/2007 4:17:56 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: mdittmar
That platform and that party agitated people enough to try to break up the Union. There’s still people today who will support the 1860-61 southern secessions over that platform. We may even hear from some of them on this thread.
4 posted on 10/08/2007 4:20:52 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: mdittmar
Thank you very much for posting this, in both forms. You make the point that when parties actually have beliefs, they can get to the point and say what they mean, in economical statements. The more words any party uses to say what it means, the less it actually means.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "A Toe-Tapping Good Time"

Heads up -- my announcement of running for Congress in 2008 will appear here, Monday afternoon.

5 posted on 10/08/2007 4:32:52 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: mdittmar

Bring back the party of General John C. Fremont!


6 posted on 10/08/2007 4:33:12 PM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: mdittmar

17. Finally, having thus set forth our distinctive principles and views, we invite the coöperation of all citizens, however differing on other questions who substantially agree with us in their affirmance and support.

How many are willing to stand with this final point?


7 posted on 10/08/2007 4:33:35 PM PDT by spintreebob (.)
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To: mdittmar

Republican Platform of 1856

Return to 1856 Convention

This Convention of Delegates, assembled in pursuance of a call addressed to the people of the United States, without regard to past political differences or divisions, who are opposed to the repeal of the Missouri Compromise; to the policy of the present Administration; to the extension Slavery into Free Territory; in favor of the admission of Kansas as a Free State; of restoring the action of the Federal Government to the principles of Washington and Jefferson; and for the purpose of presenting candidates for the offices of President and Vice-President, do

Resolved: That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence, and embodied in the Federal Constitution are essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions, and that the Federal Constitution, the rights of the States, and the union of the States, must and shall be preserved.

Resolved: That, with our Republican fathers, we hold it to be a self-evident truth, that all men are endowed with the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that the primary object and ulterior design of our Federal Government were to secure these rights to all persons under its exclusive jurisdiction; that, as our Republican fathers, when they had abolished Slavery in all our National Territory, ordained that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, it becomes our duty to maintain this provision of the Constitution against all attempts to violate it for the purpose of establishing Slavery in the Territories of the United States by positive legislation, prohibiting its existence or extension therein. That we deny the authority of Congress, of a Territorial Legislation, of any individual, or association of individuals, to give legal existence to Slavery in any Territory of the United States, while the present Constitution shall be maintained.

Resolved: That the Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign powers over the Territories of the United States for their government; and that in the exercise of this power, it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism — Polygamy, and Slavery.

Resolved: That while the Constitution of the United States was ordained and established by the people, in order to “form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty,” and contain ample provision for the protection of the life, liberty, and property of every citizen, the dearest Constitutional rights of the people of Kansas have been fraudulently and violently taken from them.

Their Territory has been invaded by an armed force;

Spurious and pretended legislative, judicial, and executive officers have been set over them, by whose usurped authority, sustained by the military power of the government, tyrannical and unconstitutional laws have been enacted and enforced;

The right of the people to keep and bear aims has been infringed.

Test oaths of an extraordinary and entangling nature have been imposed as a condition of exercising the right of suffrage and holding office.

The right of an accused person to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury has been denied;

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, has been violated;

They have been deprived of life, liberty, and property without due process of law;

That the freedom of speech and of the press has been abridged;

The right to choose their representatives has been made of no effect;

Murders, robberies, and arsons have been instigated and encouraged, and the offenders have been allowed to go unpunished;

That all these things have been done with the knowledge, sanction, and procurement of the present National Administration; and that for this high crime against the Constitution, the Union, and humanity, we arraign that Administration, the President, his advisers, agents, supporters, apologists, and accessories, either before or after the fact, before the country and before the world; and that it is our fixed purpose to bring the actual perpetrators of these atrocious outrages and their accomplices to a sure and condign punishment thereafter.

Resolved, That Kansas should be immediately admitted as a state of this Union, with her present Free Constitution, as at once the most effectual way of securing to her citizens the enjoyment of the rights and privileges to which they are entitled, and of ending the civil strife now raging in her territory.

Resolved, That the highwayman’s plea, that might makes right,” embodied in the Ostend Circular, was in every respect unworthy of American diplomacy, and would bring shame and dishonor upon any Government or people that gave it their sanction.

Resolved, That a railroad to the Pacific Ocean by the most central and practicable route is imperatively demanded by the interests of the whole country, and that the Federal Government ought to render immediate and efficient aid in its construction, and as an auxiliary thereto, to the immediate construction of an emigrant road on the line of the railroad.

Resolved, That appropriations by Congress for the improvement of rivers and harbors, of a national character, required for the accommodation and security of our existing commerce, are authorized by the Constitution, and justified by the obligation of the Government to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

Resolved, That we invite the affiliation and cooperation of the men of all parties, however differing from us in other respects, in support of the principles herein declared; and believing that the spirit of our institutions as well as the Constitution of our country, guarantees liberty of conscience and equality of rights among citizens, we oppose all legislation impairing their security.


8 posted on 10/08/2007 4:35:39 PM PDT by TommyDale (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: mdittmar

Federal support railroads has a long history.


9 posted on 10/08/2007 4:40:43 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: TommyDale

anyone read the dimwit one.......take a look.


10 posted on 10/08/2007 4:41:03 PM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: Fester Chugabrew

unnnghof!


11 posted on 10/08/2007 4:41:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Congressman Billybob

Bump!


12 posted on 10/08/2007 4:43:47 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: TommyDale

bttt


13 posted on 10/08/2007 4:44:23 PM PDT by southland (Isiah 40:31 Proverbs 22:7)
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To: mdittmar; GOP_1900AD

Bump. Yes. Good find...and sorry to say, the answer is yes on losing our way...


14 posted on 10/08/2007 4:47:22 PM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Congressman Billybob
The more words any party uses to say what it means, the less it actually means.

Correct.

15 posted on 10/08/2007 4:48:58 PM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Congressman Billybob
It is also interesting to read the two competing Dem platforms for that election. It becomes quite clear what the people at the time considered important at the brink of conflict; enough that they would kill and die for.
16 posted on 10/08/2007 4:51:33 PM PDT by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: TommyDale
Bring back the party of General John C. Fremont!

Too bad Fremont was not Lincoln's VP in 1865. I think it would have saved the USA a lot of misery later on.

17 posted on 10/08/2007 5:03:48 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Congressman Billybob

Amen to that! Nothing the elitists love more than a bunch of meaningless words. That way they always have a way out. Way easier than actually have moral courage when it’s needed.


18 posted on 10/08/2007 5:10:04 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: mdittmar
"I'm still not convinced platforms are a good idea. We know what we believe in and I don't think we need to write it all down in a document." - Fred Thompson, 1996
19 posted on 10/08/2007 5:15:32 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney is Giuliani. He's just lying about it.)
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To: mdittmar
The 1860 National Republican Platform

Dang third-party nutjobs...

/sarcasm

20 posted on 10/08/2007 5:18:37 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney is Giuliani. He's just lying about it.)
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To: mdittmar

bookmark


21 posted on 10/08/2007 5:19:04 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (SIGN THE PETITION: http://www.standwithrush.com/)
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To: vpintheak

22 posted on 10/08/2007 5:22:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney is Giuliani. He's just lying about it.)
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To: mdittmar
17 points on one page....The 2004 Republican Party Platform was 85 pages,have we lost our way?

Probably not. A few years ago my son gave me a post convention Republican "leaflet" from the 1860 election. Not handy right now but hard bound, I'm guessing 6x8 or so, medium print, probably 150 to 200 pages.

And could they ever talk, till the Gettysburg Address. You tube could never handle the bandwidth.

23 posted on 10/08/2007 5:23:27 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SJackson

Those most likely, were the debates my FRiend,comes a time when debates are over.


24 posted on 10/08/2007 5:34:04 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: mdittmar
Now I'll have to find it, which may take a few hours or a few days but I'll ping you if you're interested. Couple years since I read it, but not the debates, essentially a very long position paper as I recall.

That said, I regretted not being more explicit in my prior post as to the benefits of brevity. Gettysburg exists to this day, the Tribune, and elsewhere, editorials ripping Lincoln for the disrespect inherent in his brevity are long gone.

I was a great fan of the Contract for America. The Dems appreciated too, because for a decade they substituted "on", acknowledgement of it's importance.

We need a Republican candidate who can communicate succinctly.

25 posted on 10/08/2007 5:38:37 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: mdittmar

Rush should post this.

It would freak out the democrats. (just the fact they supported slavery and all that)


26 posted on 10/08/2007 5:41:58 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SJackson
We need a Republican candidate who can communicate succinctly.
27 posted on 10/08/2007 5:42:22 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: mdittmar

I’d vote for em.


28 posted on 10/08/2007 5:47:21 PM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: spintreebob

Sadly, I hear nothing but crickets chirping in response to your question.


29 posted on 10/08/2007 5:53:42 PM PDT by joesbucks
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Ditto.

That platform DID break up the Union.


30 posted on 10/08/2007 5:56:38 PM PDT by TexConfederate1861
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To: LexBaird

The Southern View is really quite simple:

“Mind your Business, and we will mind OURS!”

Whether the issue was slavery, tariffs, or whatever.


31 posted on 10/08/2007 5:59:10 PM PDT by TexConfederate1861
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To: longtermmemmory

The Democrats of today, are not the Democrats of 1860.
Far from it.


32 posted on 10/08/2007 6:00:35 PM PDT by TexConfederate1861
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To: mdittmar
...have we lost our way?

Rhetorical question?

33 posted on 10/08/2007 6:08:16 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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" . . . and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any state or territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes."

Were they talking about the alphabet soup agencies?

34 posted on 10/08/2007 6:16:53 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: spintreebob

Not so much crickets chirping. IMHO we will coalesce around the candidate in the end. With a few exceptions everyone on FR already knows it.


35 posted on 10/08/2007 6:19:15 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: mdittmar

Bookmarker


36 posted on 10/08/2007 6:22:34 PM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: mdittmar
You were right about speaches, it was a bio, but produced by the campaign. An 1860 Life of Abraham Lincoln published by the campaign, in a sense prepratory to the Life of Abraham Lincoln: 1865 Edition

And it's on the internet in it's entirety. Who needs books at all?

37 posted on 10/08/2007 7:11:08 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: spintreebob
As long as it includes pro-life, anti-gay agenda, pro-gun, reducing taxes, states-rights, reducing the size of government, anti-illegal Alien, anti-socialized health care, and free and FAIR trade statements, I can agree with it and that is only 9 issue position statements.

Otherwise, the Republican Party can take a hike!
38 posted on 10/08/2007 9:39:02 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Nuc1
"Not so much crickets chirping. IMHO we will coalesce around the candidate in the end. With a few exceptions everyone on FR already knows it."

Not likely if the candidate is Rudy!
39 posted on 10/08/2007 9:40:26 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: TexConfederate1861
The Southern View is really quite simple: “Mind your Business, and we will mind OURS!” Whether the issue was slavery, tariffs, or whatever.

Here is the 1860 Douglas Dem platform. Here is the Breckinridge faction version. Here is the 1856 "Cincinnati" platform of the Dem party, which they reference. It's pretty plain what was the most important issue to Democrats. in 1860, and it wasn't MYOB. It was the expansion of slavery into the Territories. The Breckenridge platform has three points, all of which are about that.

40 posted on 10/09/2007 7:06:04 AM PDT by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: LexBaird

Yep.


41 posted on 10/09/2007 7:09:15 AM PDT by Badeye (Free Willie!)
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To: mdittmar

Howdy mdittmar. Neat thread. Planks #2 and #4 seem to contradict each other if there was a conflict invoving inalienable rights. Or am I missing something?

Freegards


42 posted on 10/09/2007 7:34:01 AM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed says Keep the Faith!)
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To: TexConfederate1861
That platform DID break up the Union.

My opinion was it was more of an excuse to break up the Union. I do not see any covenant breaker in there except the secessionists ire at the fact that the North was going to finally press the precedent of the Northwest Ordinance that free soil was the natural state of the territories and Congress had the right to control slavery in them.

The other irritants such as tariffs were constitutional actions that could be moderated constitutionally in concert with northern Democrats.

The most mature minds of the South, men like Robert E. Lee, John Bell and even Alexander Stevens saw the folly of the secession mania.

43 posted on 10/09/2007 8:12:35 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: LexBaird

I don’t disagree with you on that. Let’s look at this from a business standpoint....Would you want to be told that you couldn’t take YOUR property, that you paid a large investment to procure into new territories?

Of course you wouldn’t. Expansion is MONEY.


44 posted on 10/09/2007 9:34:11 AM PDT by TexConfederate1861
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

It was of course folly, as you say, but...tempers were high on both sides of the Mason-Dixon, and as I posted to Lex earlier, it was an economic thing. Southern Slaveowners wanted to take their property with them. Understandable.


45 posted on 10/09/2007 9:38:08 AM PDT by TexConfederate1861
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To: EternalVigilance

He actually said that???! Sheeeesh....


46 posted on 10/09/2007 10:04:08 AM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: EternalVigilance

You have it out, apparently, for Rudy, Romney, and Thompson.

Against those, we have hillary most likely.

Where do you stand on this?


47 posted on 10/09/2007 10:07:04 AM PDT by Tolsti
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To: TexConfederate1861
Southern Slaveowners wanted to take their property with them. Understandable.

And the majority of the population in the territories didn't want slavery; also understandable. Leaving aside the moral considerations of expanding slavery, they didn't want the economic competition of plantation-like operations after they had risked all to get some free soil in the unsettled West. Certainly the California miners didn't want imported slave labor.

Also interesting is the Dem proposal to acquire Cuba from Spain, and that both the Dems and the Republicans wanted the transcontinental railroad.

48 posted on 10/09/2007 11:11:53 AM PDT by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: LexBaird

Actually, there is some evidence that some of the territories were equally divided in that sentiment. Kansas for example. I agree with you on California....


49 posted on 10/09/2007 11:49:50 AM PDT by TexConfederate1861
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To: Ransomed
Could you give an example for me?

I'm not sure I understand your question.

Thanks

50 posted on 10/09/2007 2:56:34 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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