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THE WAY OF THE WHIGS

 


By Geoff Metcalf

February 10, 2005

NewsWithViews.com

There may be a place for partisanship…but NOT in the middle of a war; NOT in the wake of historic elections of representative government in

  • Afghanistan
  • Ukraine
  • Iraq
  • and even municipal elections in Saudi Arabia

Now is NOT the time to focus on the 'us' vs. 'them' acrimonious petty whizzing match.

Sycophant democrats are still so wrapped around partisanship, they are incapable of recognizing the self-destruction they are fueling.

The river 'Denial' runs wide and deep. The 'leaders' of the party (Kennedy, Reid, Pelosi, Biden, Kerry et al) are puking rhetoric not only counter to the wants, needs, and desires of their constituents, but also counter to sustaining the political viability of their dysfunctional club.

It is not, and should never be, a question of WHO is right or wrong about anything of significance…but rather WHAT is right or wrong.

The Democrat Party has become a bunch of really smart men and women doing real stupid stuff.

  • The stonewalling abuse of process on judicial nominations was a dumb idea. It cost Tom Dashle his leadership position AND his Senate seat…and added seats to the opposition.
  • The mean spirited, counter-intuitive assault of Dr. Condalessa Rice's nomination to be the first black woman Secretary of State was beyond myopic.
  • The similarly petty slow down of the Alberto Gonzales nomination to be the first Hispanic Attorney General was dumb.
  • The religiosity of their support for abortion and opposition to guns is hurting them.

Aubrey T. DeVera once said, "Prejudice, which sees what it pleases, cannot see what is plain." So it must be prejudice that is the cancer eating away at the essence of the Democrat Party.

It is said that 'crazy' is doing the same thing with the same negative results over and over again anticipating a different outcome. Frankly, it demonstrates an inability or unwillingness to learn form mistakes.

Democrats dream quest to ban guns reportedly cost Al Gore the brass ring (and oval office). Pro-abortion increasingly is becoming so unpopular even Hillary Clinton has smelled the coffee.

The Whig Party was created in 1834 primarily as an opposition party to the policies of President Andrew Jackson. They were the 'Jackson Bad' party…kinda like the contemporary Democrats have become the 'Bush Bad' crowd.

Eventually they got around to developing an actual platform (protective tariff, creation of new Bank of the U.S., public land use) and elected a President(William Harrison) who only served 31 days before dying of pneumonia. John Tyler succeeded Harrison and then pretty much vetoed most of his own party's legislation.

The Whigs (like the Democrats of today) suffered a double whammy: internal dissent/disunity; and increasing American prosperity, which made their activist agenda, seem unnecessary. They got hammered in congressional elections and lost control of the House. The parallel to the Democrats is striking.

The Compromise of 1850 fractured the Whigs along pro- and anti-slavery lines.Today we see wedge issues which have traditionally been Democrat rallying points (gun control and abortion) creating the same political environment.

  • In 1854 the Kansas Nebraska Act divided the Whigs even further:
  • The anti-immigration Know-Nothing Partty cut deeply into the Whig vote,
  • the newly formed Republiccan Party won support from disaffected Democrats and Whigs.
  • In 1856 the remaining Whigs threw their support behind Know-Nothing Party
  • In 18600 a few Whig diehards regrouped as the Constitutional Union Party
  • ex-Whig Abraham Lincolnm of the Republican Party won, triggering the American Civil War and bringing an end to the Whigs.

Liberal Democrats have become the 'Bush Bad/Anti-War gang. They preach stale 1960s bromides that ring hollow or are perceived as flat out wrong by the very constituency they are trying to win. Liberal democrats have become the contemporary personification of the Whigs…and like the Whigs are marching to oblivion.

Recycled cyber-flotsam observes:

  • It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.
  • It took less time to find Saddam's sons in Iraq than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records
  • It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick killing a young woman.
  • It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!!!
  • And, excuse me, but there have been elections in Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Iraq.

Rutherford B. Hayes said, "He serves his party best who serves the country best."

Democrats would do well to ignore Hayes was a Republican and embrace his sound advise.

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Sycophant democrats are still so wrapped around partisanship, they are incapable of recognizing the self-destruction they are fueling.