||One of the slogans used by the Democratic party during the 1880 campaign was
"A change is necessary." This cover cartoon in Harper's Weekly makes
the point that such a desire is ludicrous, even dangerous, when the country has
achieved peace and prosperity, presumably brought about by Republican rule.
"Doctor Democracy," the Democratic party represented as a tiger, has
been told as much by Columbia, the symbol of the nation, and the unfurled scroll
reiterates her points. Misunderstanding the nature of the situation, the
Democratic party promises to change (i.e., get rid of) all of the good things
that America is experiencing. An astonished and concerned Uncle Sam stands in
the background in front of a screen on which the portraits of the three
Republican presidents are pictured (left to right): Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S.
Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes. The fourth panel awaits the likeness of
Republican presidential nominee James Garfield. In the right-background appears
a ghostly image of President George Washington, the father of the country.