Grand Old Partisan commemorates a classic Republican reproach of Democrat devilry. This day of 1866, Oliver Morton, Governor of Indiana, excoriated the Slavery Party for supporting the Confederacy. The speech became famous nationwide when the Indiana GOP reprinted it as a campaign document.
"The war is over and the victory is won, and we shall decide at the coming election whether the fruits of victory shall be preserved or lost."
"Every unregenerate 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.
"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 contrived 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 cowardice 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 and slavery—everyone 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 in 1863, who burned up little children in colored asylums—who robbed, ravished and murdered indiscriminately in the midst of a blazing city for three days and nights, called 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, every element of inhumanity and barbarism which has dishonored the age."
In the U.S. Capitol there is a statue of Oliver Morton, the best Indiana Republican ever.
Michael Zak is author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party, a history of GOP civil rights achievement.
He also wrote the 2005 Republican Freedom Calendar.
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