The Vitality of the Country
November 2, 1868
The Dispatch is excited that the election is almost over along with all of the squabble and chaos they see associated with said election. They believe this is a time to reflect with pride just how grand our system is. They also state that no matter who wins, this country is bigger than the two parties and it will survive
The Vitality of the Country. To-morrow winds up the Presidential campaign ! Delightful fact ! It ends for a time the rancorous Presidential partisan war, always detrimental to tho arts and industries of the country. After to-morrow we shall have a calm. There will be opportunity afforded for reflection and for considering the " state of the country." Since the war we have had nothing but " party." The whole thought of that part of the nation which has in its hands the government of the country has been during that time directed to the best means of securing: party advantages and ascendancy. The South was not wanted by the dominant faction, and was not to be admitted save to swell its power. Therefore the national welfare has not been thought of. But the period of planning and scheming with this object is over after to-day, and there will be time afforded to take a more comprehensive view of things - to look into the real interests of the nation - and we may hope to save from sacrifice to party the grand interests and destinies of this nation that were intended for mankind. There is the best reason to be hopeful. The people should be bright and cheerful. Our sufferings, though severe, have yet been brief. Even the life of man is but a little part of that of a country, and to despond at three years of delay is absurd. Let us look to the greatness of this land - its immense resources yet but partially ascertained, much less developed - its great forces, social and mechanical. How can political party schemes long retard them ? They will brush aside the ephemeral plots and schemes of selfish and scurvy politicians as would a giant's arm the spider's web, and move steadily forward in their proper course. This nation is yet to rise to a state which, for power and opulence, has never been equalled and never dreamed of by men. Judging from past history, its imperial age is yet to come ; and in its infancy it has assumed a position of equality among the greatest nations of the earth. What must be the grandeur of its matured existence ? The conspiracy of circumstances which has brought to the surface the charlatans and knaves who now vex the State must be ephemeral. We shall soon see the causes and the ephemera it produces passing away like mist before the morning sun, and the nation will again steadily advance forward in its preordained course. Therefore we see every reason to be cheerful - every reason to believe that a better day is near - every reason to believe that public affairs are soon to be given into the hands of intelligence, experience, and integrity. We believe this because we do not believe it possible for men or parties now to frustrate the destiny of this nation, and we believe the reign of reason and order indispensable to its accomplishment.
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