The President Stands to His Guns.
June 15, 1866
Southerners see that Johnson does not have any intentions of agreeing with the plan of Congress. Johnson will not go down without a fight, and is committed to opposing the plan.
It is not true that the President has in any way intimidated an intention to ''draw hack " from the position he has taken upon the question of reconstruction. In no instance has he, in any shape, manner or form, exhibited "an appearance of friendship to the plan of Congress." He is, as we have repeatedly of late had occasion to state, "opposed to all constitutional amendments at the present time, and to all conditions precedent to the admission of loyal representatives from the southern States. He is, therefore, necessarily committed against the so-called congressional plan, involving as it does changes in the organic law of the land, and servile conditions which must be accepted by the southern States before they can have a voice in the deliberations of the National Congress."
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“The President Stands to His Guns.,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed September 22, 2017, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/218.