This State Journal editorial ran on July 23, 1875:
The real political contest in this country is between the Republican and Democratic parties. ...
From 1854 to 1860, the people were organizing the Republican Party. In 1860, it had gained a strength that triumphed in the nation. It seemed to have been raised up by Providence for a special work, and most nobly has that work been accomplished.
It aroused the patriotism of the people to meet the necessities and crash out a Democratic rebellion. It carried on the war for the Union, with a master hand. It found the credit of the government prostrate. It restored credit and gave to the country a circulating medium, the best it had ever known. Its history has been one of progress.
No stain is upon its record. It’s leniency to democratic traitors has been marvelous! Since the war was over, its efforts have been effective in reducing the debt, rendered necessary to preserve the Union. It has ever advocated an honest fulfillment of all contracts. It ferrets out fraud and corruption, and punishes offenders.
In short, no party ever made so bright and so permanent a record. It has done more for free government in the last 15 years than was ever done before.
Is it strange then, that the people should rally to its support, when they witness the attempts of the slimy Democratic Party to arrest its progress and obtain power? We ask a careful consideration of the past records of the parties. Consider the horrible results of Democratic rule, and the gigantic and successful efforts of the Republican Party, in arresting evils and preserving, in tact, the best government of the world!