Skip to comments.The Democrat Party -- 1828* - 2006 -- R.I.P.
Posted on 08/09/2006 10:40:08 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
The Democrat Party died yesterday in Hartford, Connecticut. Present when this venerable institution breathed its last were a minority of the Democrats in the Nutmeg State. The Party was the child of the Republican-Democrat Party, and the Anti-Federalist Party. It leaves no known descendants. However, political parties sometimes spawn children many years after their deaths.
Is that verdict too harsh? The leaders of the Democrat Party in Washington, New York, and elsewhere, are not admitting even to a serious illness. Its difficult to conduct a proper Irish wake when on-lookers insist on prodding the deceased to sing and dance.
These major political parties have held great power usually including the Presidency and control of one or both Houses of Congress only to disappear from the political stage, remembered in history books that no one reads any more: The Federalists, the Anti-Federalists, the Republican-Democrats....
Lets review. The Democrats hold Jefferson-Jackson Dinners annually, claiming Jefferson as their progenitor. Crack open a history book. Read Jeffersons First Inaugural Address. He founded the Republican-Democrat Party, which existed only during his two terms as President. Not only was he not a Democrat, he would have run screaming into the night rather than accept the levels of national power and taxation that modern Democrat espouse.
The Whigs, the Union Democrats, and the Liberal Republican Parties are also in the political graveyard, along with lesser-known cousins like the Anti-Masonic Party (held the first national political convention), the Know-Nothings, and the Progressives (the actual party which ran Teddy Roosevelt in 1912).
Since most reporters are grossly ignorant of American political history, they are unaware that political parties have often died, and others were born in their place. Not knowing that, theyre also unaware of the common cause of such political death. It happens when any party gets permanently crosswise from the American people on a critical issue. The Democrat Party has just crossed that divide.
Mind you, I am not making a brief for Joe Lieberman, personally. I liked and respected him when we were classmates at Yale, and when we worked together on The Yale Daily News. I supported him financially when he ran defeated Lowell Weicker for Senate. I lost all respect for Joe when he chose his party over his country, backing away from the Clinton Impeachment. (Because I thought Joe thoroughly honest, Id written six months prior that I expected him to be the honest Senator as Goldwater was concerning President Nixon a quarter century before.)
But, when Joe came to that unique point where he alone could influence American history, for better or worse, Joe chose worse. No, I am not saying that the Democrat Party is dead because it failed to renominate Joe Lieberman for Senate from Connecticut. Im saying the Party is dead because of who it did nominate, and how, for that slot.
Ned Lamont was the choice of the Connecticut Democrats. Hes a wealthy man who bought his nomination. This is a sad but spreading phenomenon in both parties. One reason I tend to distrust filthy-rich people who buy their way into office regardless of their politics or party is that they are disconnected from real life.
For instance, Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey simply forgave a half-million dollar mortgage on a house he bought for a lady friend. Since time immemorial, men have given gifts to women And it is true that Governor Corzines one-time bed mate had the additional advantage of being head of a large public service union. Still, anyone who can drop half a million dollars without blinking, for sex, politics, or both, is not living in the same world as I, or almost anyone I know.
Such people simply are not touched by worry about paying taxes, putting up with government regulation, or facing the myriad of real issues of real people. That brings us back to Ned Lamont. A prime mover in putting him into office was MoveOn.org. Rather than describe that outfit, I encourage every reader to go to their website. Read a sample of their policies; decide for yourself whether they are barking mad moonbats. While youre at it, read up on George Soros, the eminence grise behind MoveOn, and various other financial puppet masters.
On foreign policy, Lamont follows former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who in turn is Neville Chamberlain in drag. We are in a war. The war will to continue and perhaps get worse until America takes the lead worldwide, and does what is necessary to win that war. We can only hope the price for Lamonts politics will be lower than the 50 million who died for Neville Chamberlains politics.
Does this assessment change, if Joe Lieberman gets elected as an independent come November? Not in the least. The mere nomination of Lamont shows the cut-and-run Murtha disease has now infected more than half of the Democrat Party. The only remaining questions are, how much time will it take, and how many tens of thousands, or millions of Americans, most of them civilians, will have to die before the Democrat Party as it now exists is actually buried in the history books. Only then can a more honest and competent party take its place as has happened so often before in American history.
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." Marcus Aurelius
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* Note to editors who might question the 1828 date. In 1824, four candidates ran as Democrats including Jackson who placed first without a majority, and John Quincy Adams, who placed second but won in the House of Representatives. There were two other candidates, both Democrats. In short, the Democrat Party did not make a nomination in 1824. In 1828, Jackson did become the (first) presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.
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About the Author: John Armor is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law, who may again be a candidate for Congress in the 11th District of North Carolina.
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John / Billybob
The Kook-Fringe Party has been born. A recent poll showed that a third of Americans think the government had something to do with 9-11, so they have their base.
Surely this mindset is way off on the margin.
We're going to quit! We're going to quit! RAH! RAH! RAH!
"Back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith, the great American, came before the American people and charged that the leadership of his party was taking the party of Jefferson, Jackson, and Cleveland down the road under the banners of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. And he walked away from his party, and he never returned to the day he died, because to this day, the leadership of that party has been taking that party, that honorable party, down the road in the image of the labor socialist party of England."
Ronald Reagan "The Speech" - 1964
Sure you don't want to move to Sugarland and run in the 22nd district? /chuckle
I like filthy rich people. They are not going to steal my car, murder me, etc. Plus, they or someone in their family probably did something really good to get wealthy in the first place. They also pay about 10 times or more the taxes that I pay, they provide more jobs, etc. Fithy rich is better than the alternative, poor people who are often stupid, and middle class people who know almost nothing about macro issues.
I like GH bush, GW bush, Arnold, Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, Bill Frist, Pete Dupont, Steve Forbes, Tiger Woods, Charles Barkely, the late John Heinz, Pete DuPont, etc.
The Kennedys I can do without along with the Hollywood rich, but mostly the rich are the cream of our society.
I don't like the way the Iraq war is going.
Unfortunately, the muslims have convinced me that they must be defeated, no matter what the cost, no matter what the price (churchill I think referring to the nazis).
I guess this makes Bill Clinton a latter-day Whig? He'd probably like to go down in history as the "Last Democrat President."
"That brings us back to Ned Lamont. A prime mover in putting him into office was MoveOn.org."
Lamont isn't in office yet.
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Who is Ned Lamont?
Politics, Harvard, Left Think, Democrats, 2006 Elections, Joseph Lieberman, Phillips Exeter Academy, Corliss Lamont
I knew he was a commie, of course. But not until I read Martin Peretz, in the Wall Street Journal, did I realise that he is an hereditary commie of impeccable red-diaper origins: old money, with Exeter, Harvard, and Stalin as family traditions.
Left-wing Democrats are once again fielding single-issue peace candidates, and the one in Connecticut, like several in the 1970s, is a middle-aged patrician, seeking office de haut en bas, and almost entirely because he can. Its really quite remarkable how someone like Ned Lamont, from the stock of Morgan partner Thomas Lamont and that most high-born American Stalinist, Corliss Lamont, still sends a chill of having arrived up the spines of his suburban supporters simply by asking them to support him.
I think the idea of occupation and rebuilding is the part we're going to have to forget. From now on we simply bomb them back to the stone age. I mean we roll out every heavy bomber in the inventory for Iran, Syria etc
Patriotic people can differ on the best way to secure vital interests and debate whether we're overextended or underextended- but there is a time when a nation has to take a stand.
Should have added the requisite apologies to Mr. Chamberlain.
Unfortunately polls show if the election were held today, Democrats would probably take a majority in the Senate. If you can believe polls. In any case those who are proclaiming the death of the Democrat party are being a tad premature, sad to say.
Ken Lay was filthy rich. O. J. Simpson was filthy rich. George Soros is filthy rich.
Shall I continue down the list?
Democrats: The party of the working man - like Michael Moore, Bono, Steven Spielburg. You know, the poor low class slobs that can never seem to get a break...
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