If you listen to pundits, the Republican Party is doomed! Here are the “headlines” just from today’s Washington Post (I remind you not to forget that the Washington Post is also known as Pravda on the Potomac):
The end of this GOP might be a blessing
The Detroit GOP debate was presidential politics’ worst day ever
Trump: The authoritarian’s candidate of choice
Fine, Donald Trump. Let’s measure the hands.
Is this the end of the West as we know it?
Personally, I take heart from their dire predictions. Why is that, ask you? Because, answer I, no one has a worse track record for predicting “the end of the Republican Party” than the Washington Post! It virtually assures a landslide election win for the Republican Party in 2016, Hillary being indicted, and Elizabeth Warren taking her place and falling flat on her face!
Debate and controversy are the backbone of our founding. Our Founding Fathers were by no means in lockstep. Let’s look at two of the most revered of the men who conceived the notion the government could be undertaken “by the people and for the people.” They were no less than Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They ran against one another in the Presidential election of 1800. In what is sometimes referred to as the “Revolution of 1800,” Vice President Thomas Jefferson defeated President John Adams. As the above implies, this election is widely held to be one of the two nastiest of all presidential elections.
At the conclusion of voting, the election went to the House of Representatives (footnote). It took the House 36 ballots and six days to declare Jefferson the winner.
The debate that preceded the election was between Jefferson and Adams. “The presidential election of 1800 was an angry, dirty, crisis-ridden contest that seemed to threaten the nation’s very survival,” writes Joanne Freeman, a Yale University history professor.
As Professor Freeman further states, “Nasty political mud-slinging. Campaign attacks and counterattacks. Personal insults. Outrageous newspaper invective. Dire predictions of warfare and national collapse. Innovative new forms of politicking capitalizing on a growing technology.” That pretty much describes the Republican Presidential Primary of 2016. However, the description above is about Jefferson v Adams!
Well, my friends, the “nation survived” and so will the Republican Party. The Party will be stronger because the politicians who cast our votes in Washington, as moronic as some of them are, cannot help but finally get the message that, “We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take it any more.” That is the single most important lesson that will come from this election – and it is long overdue.
This was due to a tie between Thomas Jefferson and his vice presidential running mate Aaron Burr. Presidential contests at the time used the rule that whoever got the most votes was president, and the person with the next highest vote count became vice president.
Burr had an illustrious political career. He killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel. Burr was never tried for the illegal duel, and all charges against him were eventually dropped, but Hamilton’s death ended Burr’s political career.
Hmm. A duel? Maybe that’s the way to solve the political squabbling?