Volume 1, CE PRESIDENCY
It is impossible longer to conceal from the public, the people at large, the obvious fact, that the game of the vice presidency, which the Jackson party are now playing, has within its calculations the winning of the presidency. We will not say that the health of Gen. Jackson will drive him to the Hermitage within the next presidential term. If the voice of the people should not previously move him thither; but it may be said, that all calculations upon the success of any vice president placed on his ticket, include the prospects of a virtual relinquishment of the reins of government by the president. This is not now a matter of belief alone, but an admitted fact. And what should the people hence infer? Certainly, that the great principles of our government are giving way to the corrupt influences of party ambition--that weakness, admitted incompetency, is not to be considered as argument against the designs of an individual upon the presidency of the United States; indeed that very incompetency is allowed to constitute the grounds upon which his nomination is sustained, and inquiry into his opinions upon especial and important points of national policy; is not deemed matter of any moment. If this is allowed now, while we are yet in the greenness of our growth- of the fungi of age spring out upon our sapling trunk, what will be done in its dryness, in the seed and yellow leaf? If intrigue is thus encouraged now, who shall say how soon it will relieve the people from the duties of the ballot box with reference to the president, or when case(sic) to trouble them to choose officers of a lesser grade! We have nothing new to say against any of the gentlemen named for the vice presidency; there is no doubt but they are all superior in every qualification to him who will abroad be alone rated their superior but we would ask the reasonable and patriotic of the Jackson party, and we should certainly do injustice to any feelings not to say that we thus addressed a large majority of that party) we would ask them whether it is consistent with their view of the nature of our government that the presidency should thus be set at naught--that it should be allowed to remain only held and not exercised, until a designing man grow into stature of popularity, sufficient to reach the chair, and thus suffer the insufficient incumbent to depart? We cannot but think that a majority of our fellow citizens being to view the case in its proper light, and that they will shrink from a moral responsibility incurred in aiding to defeat the letter and spirit of the Constitution by giving the vice presidency to one who seeks thereby the rule of the first office; and sanctioning the doctrine, shocking to a republic, that its chief magistrate can do neither right nor wrong. U. S. Gaz.