The President and His Policy
June 1, 1866
Johnson contends that the Southern states are not out of the Union because they could not legally get out, but Radicals assume that the states are not included in the Union and must comply with certain conditions before they are readmitted.
We have heretofore pointed out the unmistakable difference between the President's plan and all those submitted by the Stevens faction. While the President contends that the southern States are not out of the Union, for the simple reason that they could not either legally or forcibly get out, the Radicals assume in all their schemes that these States are out of the Union, and must comply with certain conditions precedent before they can be received back into the national fold. This assumption, according to the outgivings of the official organ, is what the President will never consent to acquiesce in. However plausible the new scheme may be, and however free from objection on other grounds, yet in assuming that the Union has been dissolved it must fail to secure the approval of the President. By every official act and speech which he has done and made since his accession to power, he has bound himself to stand by the doctrine that the Union remains now, and was throughout the war, in its original integrity.
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