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One hopeful sign in the political horizon of to-day is the fact that the intense party fealty of a decade ago is yielding to the force of reason and argument, that States within the Union which but a few years ago could be counted in advance as “solid” for some Presidential candidate, are now considered “doubtful” until the people have registered their choice and the votes are counted. The demagogue who would lead his party to-day by appeals to passion and to party loyalty must give way to the political speaker who deals with basic principles, undisputed facts and living issues. No party can rightly assume to itself all the virtues of our political fabric. It is equally true that the evils of politics and the mistakes of legislators are the common heritage of all the parties that have been entrusted with power.
Political parties in any country where popular government prevails are a necessity. Freedom of speech and freedom of press emphasize
differences of opinion, and men naturally take sides upon present issues o and array themselves against each other in healthful and o–
but bloodless, combat. While this discussion of questions of the day
heart of American citizenship is in the right place and can be depended