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to intimidate, hang and shoot Negroes who vote the Republican
ticket. Plainly enough, and in view of all the circumstances
now existing, the triumph of the Democratic party in the ap-
proaching election would be hailed as a national approval of the
whole brood of infernal crimes by which the South has been kept
solidly Democratic during the last dozen years; and yet I, a
colored man, and one who has tasted the bitter cup of slavery,
am asked to vote the Democratic ticket. I cannot do it.
I was once young but am now old; I hope to die as I have
lived-true to my convictions of what is fittest and best for my
race-and am determined that the beginning of my life shall
oppose no contradiction to its end. If my reason shall continue
to serve, and the help of the Almighty shall be vouchsafed to
me, no power on earth shall persuade or compel me to give my
voice or my vote to invest the Democratic party with the powers
of this National Government.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM.
BY T. THOMAS FORTUNE,
Editor of The New York Age.
WHAT is a party platform? Like the creed of a religious de-
nomination, it ought to represent something without quibble or
evasion; it ought to represent the bed-rock principles of the
party. But, does it, always?
A great many people who do not know what a political party
is, who imagine that it is some sort of sacred contrivance, instead
of a purely human and often corrupt machine, as often prostituted
to purposes of selfish aggrandizement of one sort and another,
as it is used for the proper conservation of the general interests
(and they are by far the most numerous class of partisans), are
the ones who bother themselves least about a party platform, or
what a party platform signifies. It is put forward by the chief
representatives of their party, and they accept it in good faith,
without the trouble or formality of reading it, or having it read
to them, as so much law and gospel. The man who questions
the wisdom or unwisdom of the platform, or who doubts the sin-
cerity of the party representatives, is regarded as a dangerous
man at once, who ought to be strung up by the toes or the
thumbs. You must accept the prophet and swallow every plank
of his creed without a grimace, or you ought to be stoned and
cast out of the party communion.
In a democracy, governmental rule by party is the only sort of
rule possible. In no other country on the globe, Great Britain
included, has party rule reached a higher degree of perfection