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A View from the Altar / The Party of 1812
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The Party of 1812

Los Angeles mayor Villaraigosa says the Republicans are the Party of 1812, by which he intends to convey an insult.  The Republicans are retro and uncool, so nobody should vote for them.

Wise men wish the GOP was the Party of 1812.  They are, instead, the Party of 1865, which was the year the expansion of federal power was confirmed by force of arms.  That was the year in which the GOP’s first president accomplished in oceans of blood what the British did by moral persuasion.  That was the year the tenth amendment in the bill of rights became a dead letter.  The old revolutionary ideal of liberty being more treasured than imposing your will upon your neighbor began its slow decline into its presently sorry condition.

But what America really needs is a Party 0f 1776 and a populace in which at least 51 percent of the people have some comprehension of what that might matter.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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