Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fraudulent Election Mandates

The “Myth of Saving the Glorious Union” invented by the North during the war cannot survive the scrutiny of honest historians; war was made on Americans in the South who desired political independence and liberty -- no fraternal Union of the Founders’ was saved at bayonet point. It was all about Radical Republican rule and hegemony.

Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

Fraudulent Election Mandates:

“The Jacobins faced the fall [1864] elections with a swaggering confidence and a determination to wipe out the losses of the previous year when the Democrats came perilously close to gaining control of Congress.

But the most potent force working for Republican victory was [Secretary of War Edwin] Stanton….who dashed off letters [to party leaders] offering to furlough home enough soldiers to swing the elections. The solider votes which Stanton poured into the ballot boxes carried the day in many States, notably Pennsylvania, where Curtin held on to the governorship my a narrow margin. “This State has really been carried by fraud,” one Republican admitted to Sherman, “but we have control of the State which is very important.” Another said Curtin would have been defeated “if it had not been for the soldier [vote].”

The Jacobin press cried that the election returns were a mandate to the administration from the North to advance further and faster in the direction of radicalism and the New Jerusalem….”The elections were an indorsement of the government’s…aggressive, not its conservative zeal, and of its iron hand, not of its silk glove method with the rebellion.”

(Lincoln and the Radicals, T. Harry Williams, University of Wisconsin Press, 1965, pp. 292-294)

Fraudulent Election Mandates

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