The President "Counted Out"

June 14, 1866


Radicals do not intend to ask Johnson to sign the new constitutional amendment. Although every resolution must be approved by the President, Radicals want to take matters into their own hands.


It is announced in the Washington Chronicle that the Radicals do not intend to ask the President to sign the new constitutional amendment. "It seems to be generally conceded," remarks that veracious jonrnal, " that the President's sanction to the measure is not requisite." And why not? The Constitution expressly declares that every bill and every resolution which requires the concurrence of the two Houses of Congress shall be presented to the President for his approval or disapproval. The argument that the same twothirds vote which originally passes a constitutional amendment can easily pass it over a veto, and therefore to ask the President's signature is an unnecessary and unmeaning ceremony, is not a good one. The President may present such objections to the measure as will induce some of the members to change their votes. The amendment abolishing, slavery was presented to snd signed by Mr. Lincoln. We are not surprised, however, to learn that the Radicals intend to carry on the Government without the aid of Mr. Johnson. He has been too lenient with them. When he vetoed the Freedmon's Bureau bill, they cowered before his power ; but when they saw that he did not follow up this veto by a change of his Cabinet and a dismissal of the subordinate officers who took ground against him openly, they felt that the Executive hand was not to be dreaded.
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