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  • nu rennix says:

    In the course of our national historical development the United States of America has in many ways exhibited the diverse traits of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The struggle between our two “selves” came most profoundly into focus a mere 85 years after the founding of this democracy “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”– when we found ourselves “engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure”. This Civil War had been precipitated when the author of those words, Abraham Lincoln, was elected first Republican President of the United States in the fall of 1860, and the southern bloc of slave states, which voted primarily Democratic, refused to accept this result, and instead claimed the right to secede from the Union the following spring. South Carolina, convinced that “a lady’s sewing thimble will hold all the blood that will be shed” in any armed conflict with the Union (James McPherson, ‘Battle Cry of Freedom’), was not only the first southern state to secede, but the first to commence hostilities as well when it fired upon the federal garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor after it refused to surrender, and the ensuing four years of Civil War would in fact claim nearly 700,000 lives on both sides.

    January 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm
  • AndeeVee says:

    Political parties gain power by building coalitions of different groups that together will stand behind a candidate or belief system. They may not agree on everything but will compromise. The Democratic party prior to 1964 was a coalition of the working man, small businessmen and farmers, and they held power most of the time from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Before that the Republican party was the dominant party and drew it’s voters from big business and the middle class as well as the residual power of winning the civil war. This all changed in 1964 when president Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law knowing that it would shatter the Democratic parties “solid South” strategy. The Republicans, knowing this, voted for the act and ensured it’s passing. It had just that effect and the Democrats lost the 1968 election by a mile. The Democratic party started to form another type of coalition by absorbing the more marginalized constituencies of Blacks, woman, the urban poor and, eventually, gays. They abandoned working whites and the middle class workers not in government work and began a process of welfare spending towards those that supported them that has had the eventual effect of bankrupting the state. The Democrats are at a crossroads now, as they cannot keep spending in an environment where there is no more money left to pay off their constituencies. The current administration knows this but there is no other option for them to keep themselves together. That’s why Obama has not solution for the US’s financial problems.

    January 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

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