Republican Tyranny
Brion McClanahan

Tempe, AZ

#1 Oct 5, 2013
Republican Tyranny
By Brion McClanahan

October 5, 2013
July 1862, United States Senator James A. Bayard wrote to his son before leaving Washington for the summer recess describing the political atmosphere in the United States.“We are living under a petty but ruthless tyranny,” he said,“and God knows what folly this admin and its members are not capable of….It is sad, very sad, to think and feel how low the nation has fallen, and how little reason, knowledge of civil liberty, or high tone sentiment or even humanity of feeling is left.” He lamented that the American people were “ready for any folly barbarism or brutality those leaders chose to perpetrate.” The past year-and-a-half had been a brutal stretch for civil liberty in the United States, and Bayard could sense that things would continue to worsen, particularly in his home State of Delaware. He was correct.

The history of Delaware during the War years is little known, but the actions of the Republican Party in the State expose the ruthless tactics the Party was willing to undertake to root out and destroy political opposition. There is a reason

Bayard called the Republicans in Congress and in Delaware “reptiles.” They wrecked the election process, violated civil liberties, confiscated mail, and subverted republican institutions for their own partisan gain. The clearest example would be the November 1862 invasion of the State by the United States military with the sole purpose being to influence the elections for both State and federal offices. This event had the consent of both State Republicans, including the candidate for governor and the Republican congressional delegation, and the Lincoln administration, including Abraham Lincoln himself.

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