Monday is President’s Day. Sam and I wonder what ol’ George and Abe would think of all the retail sales in their honor. Bet they’re ticked off that they missed out on the car sales because horses, as beautiful and noble as they are, can be a real pain in the butt, even with their leather seats.
Here’s an even bigger question. Do you think any of the current GOP presidential candidates will ever be worthy of a holiday in his honor? Not likely is it? I sometimes think we should have a holiday to honor Watergate though because that helped us dump Tricky Dick. But let’s not be so partisan. Nixon was Republican. In the interest of fairness, why not have a day to honor a Democrat too? We could call a Democrat holiday National Intern Affairs Day in honor (or would that be dishonor?) of Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. I don’t see why Clinton can’t be honored for “giving it up for his country.”
Sam and I thought it would be a good idea to read a little history regarding George and Abe. According to American History ala Wikipedia, George Washington “accepted the fact that it was natural for people to organize and operate within groups like political parties,” he also argued that other governments had recognized political parties as an enemy and had sought to repress them because of their tendency to seek power.
“Moreover, Washington makes the case.” Wikipedia says, “that the alternate domination of one party over another and coinciding efforts to exact revenge upon their opponents have led to horrible atrocities, and is itself a frightful despotism.”
Wikipedia says that “Washington argued that political parties needed to be restrained in a popularly elected government because of their tendency to distract the government from their duties, create unfounded jealousies among groups and regions, raise false alarms amongst the people, promote riots and insurrection, and provide foreign nations and interests access to the government where they could impose their will upon our country.”
Right on George!
The seven Abraham Lincoln-Steven Douglas debates of 1858, when Lincoln ran for the U.S. Senate, have been called the most famous political debated in American history, but the present-day GOP debates sure are trying to outdo them.
Again, quoting Wikipedia, “Lincoln warned that "The Slave Power" was threatening the values of republicanism, and accused Douglas of distorting the values of the Founding Fathers that all men are created equal, while Douglas emphasized his Freeport Doctrine, that local settlers were free to choose whether to allow slavery or not, and accused Lincoln of having joined the abolitionists. The debates had an atmosphere of a prize fight and drew crowds in the thousands. Lincoln stated Douglas's popular sovereignty theory was a threat to the nation's morality and that Douglas represented a conspiracy to extend slavery to Free states. Douglas said that Lincoln was defying the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Dred Scott decision.
Right on Abe.
In the current GOP debates you don’t know from one day to the next who is going to destroy whom or who is going to say the stupidest thing of the night and wind up on the losing end of a state caucus the next day.
Sam and I hope the debates end soon. Three bags of poop on political parties fighting for power and seeking to exact revenge on each other. Like George said, that “provides foreign nations and interests (terrorists) access to the government where they could impose their will upon our country.”