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Civil War & 9/11

I recently read the following in Congressional Quarterly’s Guide To U.S. Elections. It is about the 1868 election of Republican Ulysses Grant (photo above) over Democrat Horatio Seymour of New York–

With Grant’s ascension to the presidency in 1869, the Republican Party entered a new era—what the German sociologist Max Weber would have called a shift from “charismatic” to “rational” institutional authority. In other words, the party shifted its devotion from a great moral cause to its own survival as an organization. It had begun as a coalition of activists fervently opposed to the expansion of slavery (many opposed slavery itself) and to the rebellion of Southern states from the Union, The Republicans 1868 victory under Grant was the first not dominated wholly by crisis conditions.

Reading this got me thinking about Republican success in the elections of 2002 and 2004. Those elections, especially 2002 when Republicans won back the Senate, seemed to be run under the shadow of the events of September 11, 2001.


By |2008-01-16T15:51:22-04:00January 16th, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on Civil War & 9/11

Romney is down with Civil Rights

One of Romney’s biggest problems, as least as I see it, is the Mormon church’s civil rights policy.  Blacks were unclean.  So, Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney about his church’s record on Blacks and race relations.

Russert asks: Here was the headlines in the papers in June of ’78. “Mormon Church Dissolves Black Bias.  Citing new revelation from God, the president of the Mormon Church decreed for the first time black males could fully participate in church rites.” You were 31 years old, and your church was excluding blacks from full participation.  Didn’t you think, “What am I doing part of an organization that is viewed by many as a racist organization?”

Romney:  [snip] I can remember when, when I heard about the change being made.  I was driving home from, I think, it was law school, but I was driving home, going through the Fresh Pond rotary in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  I heard it on the radio, and I pulled over and, and literally wept.  Even at this day it’s emotional, and so it’s very deep and fundamental in my, in my life and my most core beliefs that all people are children of God.  My faith has always told me that.  My faith has also always told me that, in the eyes of God, every individual was, was merited the, the fullest degree of happiness in the hereafter, and I, and I had no question in my mind that African-Americans and, and blacks generally, would have every right and every benefit in the hereafter that anyone else had and that God is no respecter of persons.

I was at the malt shop with Archie and Reggie and Sally Sue came in and told us that Blacks were okay.  I was so happy.  Golly gee.   Really.  That’s how it happened.  That is so clean.  So, mom and pop and apple pie.  It may be true but I doubt it.  If Romney has his family were so pro-civil rights, what he do in his church to push for change?  Earlier he spent some time taking about how his father was a big supporter of civil rights.  Really?  What did he do in his church to make them see the error of their ways?

I think that Mitt Romney like most politicians is an opportunist.  He has flip-flopped on abortion a couple of times.  I just can’t square his abortion positions with a man of true convictions.  I don’t know.

By |2007-12-16T22:10:40-04:00December 16th, 2007|Election 2008, Race|Comments Off on Romney is down with Civil Rights

OF – Is it civil war in Iraq

You know, Billo is fun to make fun of because he is so pompous, bombastic and arrogant.  These are tough qualities to take in anyone who is right all the time.  They are especially tough in someone who is wrong more often than they are right, like O’Reilly.  Notice in this clip, O’Reilly never gives us a definition of a civil war.  Without a definition, he’s just talking out of his backside. 

I discussed the definition of a civil war and I actually quoted an expert on this post here.

By |2006-12-01T20:20:44-04:00December 1st, 2006|Iraq|Comments Off on OF – Is it civil war in Iraq
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