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(SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, JAN. 4, 1848.) The Whig Party hold at present a bet- opposed the annexation of Texas because ter position than they have ever held; and of the difficulties it was to bring with it. for the following reasons :

When those difficulties were realized, they They occupy, as a party, a ground per- opposed the policy which aggravated them; fectly defensible by the usual arguments and always upon moral and constitutional of morality, such as are common to all grounds. First, on the common instinct nations and ages :

and prejudice against inhumanities and They argue, also, from the Constitution wrongs of every description; and second, itself, and from the Declaration of Equality because it is their settled conviction that and Liberty :

free institutions cannot be maintained by They are in the van of progress, while any but a just and equitable policy. They the opposite party are falling back upon believe, with certain politicians, that “sucthe barbarous and exploded notions of cess is the test of merit,” and that this antiquity :

nation will have success in proportion to They defend our own rights and liber- its deserts. The success of our armies in ties, in defending those of a neighbor : Mexico has proved that our “merit" in

They endeavor to legislate for the future military and other matters is greatly supeas well as for the present, and foresee dan- rior to that of the Mexicans ; but justice, gers which threaten the existence of our and not military prowess only, is the safefree institutions :

guard of the nation. Posterity, reading They have predicted successfully the on the one page the history of our wars, consequences of the policy pursued by the will exclaim, “Providence is always on opposite party; their predictions being the side of courage and discipline ; it favors also fairly recorded.

the strongest battalion :" and on the other, The first of these enumerated advanta- reading of the decline of liberty and the ges of the Whig Party, in its present posi- increase of private and public corruption, tion, need not be dwelt upon in this article. it will add,“ Providence is also on the They have opposed the whole policy of the side of order and equity; it favors the Administration, from the annexation of the strong constitution, and deserts the uncerwar down to the present time. The Whigs tain and the corrupt.” The Americans

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