It is often alleged that Mark Twain authored the aphorism “history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”.
Even if never the Twain shall meet, the present political disarray between our 2 major parties recalls an earlier time in the 1850’s in the decade before the Civil War when a party known mainly as the No Nothing party gained power and presented policies which echo in today’s immigration and racism debates.
You can read about its history here.
Yes, some of its policies echo today’s Trump led GOP, such as being anti-immigration, but its failure to gain dominant support led the Whig Party members under Henry Clay, who opposed letting slavery go westward, to form the Republican Party which elected Abraham Lincoln in 1860.
You can read that history here.
To cogently echo our history here and now, we must recall the most famous speech ever given by an American President, Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863 at which in part he said “Now we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether this nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure”. You can read the more complete history of that address here.
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If the above quotation doesn’t focus your attention on the evil repression looming as Trump seeks to restrict voting and continue his and his party’s lying about January 6th, that means too many of us know nothing about what his history to date has affected.
Clearly January 6th was a preamble to his plan to stage another insurrection should Trump, assuming his vote stealing strategy at the state level doesn’t work, and he fails to win the Presidency again if he runs in 2024.
Lincoln’s 271 word address, while little noticed at the time, reminds us today that we stand in the potential shadow of the dismemberment of our democracy.
Read here those immoral words.
Just read those words again and FEEL the echo of his time as it now so directly relates to our time!
Is it time for the bankrupt GOP to join the No Nothings or better yet to echo the Whig’s history of not wanting to allow our vital voting process to be enslaved by Trump’s acolytes?
If some of the morally intact and brave Republicans decided to reject Trump’s traitorous plans and try to set a new course for a new party, it would likely, as happened to the No Nothings, cause the election of more Democrats, which Trump and his GOPers so greatly hate.
“This is a five alarm fire” – MI Sec of State Jocelyn Benson on state & local efforts to upend democracy.
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Such political bravery would also echo the fate of the brave men Lincoln referred to when he talked of the dead at Gettysburg:
“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth., and such brave actions could restore the process that Lincoln recalled as beginning “Four score and seven years ago”.
Was I wrong when I suggested in my January 7th piece that “Democrats seem to be sitting quiescently by watching massive Republican efforts to restrict minority voting rights”? I hope so, because after a year of not speaking out about Trump, President Biden’s January 6th anniversary speech was direct, powerful and in need of further significant political participation by all American citizens of good will regardless of political party.
Read his remarks here.
“January 6 is not over. The threat, and the lie that fuels that threat, continues to rear its head. To truly protect our democracy we need truth.” — Rep. Dan Kildee
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