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The Whig Party hold at present a better position than they have ever held; and for the following reasons:— They occupy, as a party, a ground perfectly defensible by the usual arguments of morality, such as are common to all nations and ages: They argue, also, from the Constitution itself, and from the Declaration of Equality and Liberty: They are in the van of progress, while the opposite party are falling back upon the barbarous and exploded notions of antiquity: They defend our own rights and liberties, in defending those of a neighbor: They endeavor to legislate for the future as well as for the present, and foresee dangers which threaten the existence of our free institutions: * They have predicted successfully the consequences of the policy pursued by the opposite party; their predictions being also fairly recorded. The first of these enumerated advantages of the Whig Party, in its present position, need not be dwelt upon in this article. They have opposed the whole policy of the Administration, from the annexation of the war down to the present time. The Whigs

opposed the annexation of Texas because of the difficulties it was to bring with it. When those difficulties were realized, they opposed the policy which aggravated them; and always upon moral and constitutional grounds. First, on the common instinct and prejudice against inhumanities and wrongs of every description; and second, because it is their settled conviction that free institutions cannot be maintained by any but a just and equitable policy. They believe, with certain politicians, that “success is the test of merit,” and that this nation will have success in proportion to its deserts. The success of our armies in Mexico has proved that our “merit” in military and other matters is greatly superior to that of the Mexicans; but justice, and not military prowess only, is the safeguard of the nation. Posterity, reading on the one page the history of our wars, will exclaim, “Providence is always on the side of courage and discipline; it favors the strongest battalion:” and on the other, reading of the decline of liberty and the increase of private and public corruption, it will add, “Providence is also on the side of order and equity; it favors the strong constitution, and deserts the uncertain and the corrupt.” The Americans

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