THE WAY OF THE WHIGS
February 10, 2005
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
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.
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.
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:
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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