The wily politician did not like what he saw, or rather what he did not see, exactly — the truth being carefully hidden — but what he deduced to be at work: a conspiracy led by Democrats involving collusion among malefactors ranged from the highest courts to the state legislatures, the local officials, and the media, with the American republic a single Supreme Court decision away from losing its cherished liberty and sliding into slow-motion despotism. Abraham Lincoln also very much wanted to be elected to the Senate, and his charging Stephen A. Douglas and his fellow Democrats with conspiracy …
This article appears as “‘It Is a Notorious Fact That the Monarchs of Europe and the Pope of Rome Are at This Very Moment Plotting Our Destruction!’” in the February 8, 2021, print edition of National Review.
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