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October 31, 2014 Posted by | Life | | Leave a comment

The Evolution of American Partisen Politics

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If you happen to think that politics has NEVER been so partisan, think again. The troubles of the Donkey VS the Elephant began years ago…when George Washington, who was sick of all the partisan fighting said, “I’m leaving this town and you can TAKE this job and shove it.”

Okay, he was a lot more dignified about it. But the fighting started during his last years as President, and it has never stopped. The partisan bickering started: The Virginians VS the Northerners. (Or Federalists.) OR…South VS the North. The Jeffersonian VS the Federalists. Whatever—none of them got along.

In the North, Hamilton had already been working with the banks of England, and his push for a National Bank was seen by the South as a way to transfer power from the agrarian sectors of the South, to the commercial enterprises of the North. They (Lead by Jefferson) thought the National Bank was unconstitutional.Hamiton

(Jefferson would be the Ron Paul of today.)

Abigail Adam’s keen observance— “I firmly believe that if I live ten years longer, I saw see a division of Northern and Southern states. “

And right when America was just getting her first steps: Along came the French Revolution. (1793) Washington declared the United States neutral. He didn’t want to take sides in the war between the French and the British, because the United States was heavily trading with BOTH countries. Add to that, we had signed a peace treaty with England in 1778.

But the people of the United States, loved the French and hated the British, for obvious reasons. America would not have been able to defeat the British without the French.

And so–the Partisan political divides began: French loving Americans sided with Thomas Jefferson, and basically started the democratic party, which they called Republican, to show you–that Democrats got the habit of saying everything backwards from Thomas Jefferson. (Hey, you tell me. They are STILL saying black is white.)

Now, France was not to let a good crisis go to waste, so getting together with Jefferson, the French Minister, Edmond Genet, started stirring up the masses to get Americans to defy their government and come to the cause of the French in liberty, equality, and fraternity.  (Hope and Change to come) People protested and marched in every single city, and newspapers were filled with both sides–yelling obscenities like “You WAGGER FRENCH LOVER YOU!” And “YOU LOVE KING GEORGE AND EAT MY OYSTER”Partison one

And thus began partisan politics. Americans have not given it up since. In fact, we have perfected it, and made it a huge part of the American economic engine. (That’s another blog.)

But, back to 1793. Most of the people wanted to go back to war with Great Britain, and anyone who didn’t want to go back to war, was labeled: horrors of horrors: an aristocrat.

Now we can just call them  “chicken- shits.”

Hard to believe that the Jeffersonian Republicans (democrats) wanted to go to war back then, but there you go. Like I said, confusion.

Republican editorials blasted Washington and Hamilton. They were both hated.

While Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State, he was orchestrating the Republican opposition to the very government he officially served.

Imagine Harry Reid having secret meetings with the Koch Brothers.

So—-why was Jefferson rallying Americans to go after the British again? History reports he was afraid the government would become bigger than the states.

(Eventually, that DID happen.)

BUT..John Adams thought he knew the real reason:

In John’s opinion Jefferson’s true motives were blatantly self-serving. Like so many of the Virginia planters he was heavily in debt to British creditors, and therefore predisposed toward an anti-British foreign policy that would delay repayment into the indefinite future.

Right. Jefferson did NOT want to give up his dreams of wine, books, architecture, and Sally’s, just to pay back those low life Brits.Sons of libery

And so he spread the rumor that the treaty with Britain, which John Jay arranged, was the big problem. John Jay’s Treaty with Britain removed the British troops from the West, and stopped the British Frigates from raiding American ships in the Caribbean. That was a GOOD thing. The British paid us back for whatever we lost from their Navy raiding our ships, and we agreed that American debtors— chiefly Virginia planters— pay off their prewar debt to British creditors.

How did the American people feel about that Treaty? They burned John Jay effigies in every town.

(Now, you can’t even wear a NRA cap to the voting booth.)

And Jefferson had help. James Madison, was working with Jefferson (who was in hiding in Monticello pretending he was out of politics) and they sabotaged the treaty by denying the funds for its implantation it in the House.

(Something the House NEVER does now…Can you say, Obamacare?)

John believed he was watching the triumph of party politics in its most partisan form…and he said this:

The republican opposition was highly orchestrated, “all moving as one Man, not a dissenting Voice among them, appearing as if drawn by one Cord.”

And that’s what has made the democratic party so successful: That cord has never been broken.

So, how is Congress doing in 2014? They are as far apart as they were in the beginning. Nothing is new here under the sun, and nothing ever changes, except the corruption in both parties borders BEYOND the obscene.

How popular is Congress now? About as popular as they were then. They should be thankful we don’t burn their effigies in the street.Congress two

(From FRIST FAMILY and YES–I’m still reading it. )

 

 

October 31, 2014 Posted by | American History, politics, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

   

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