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Re: “Today's video and an early open line

We've had some humdingers in our history. The 1800 election between the President John Adams people and Thomas Jefferson waged a no-holds barred melee. Historian Edward Larson on the Founding Fathers:"They could write like angels and scheme like demons."
To wit:

1)T.J. was accused in public, by print and by voice of many things - cowardice, adultery, atheism. Ministers and editors launched the vilification of Jefferson, denouncing his "disbelief in allegiance to God and his opposition to Bible-reading in the schools."

2). The president of Yale University (Timothy Dwight) warned if Jefferson were elected, "We may see the Bible cast into the bonfires and our children...uniting in chanting mockeries against God."

3). One minister in NY (William Lind) proclaimed the election of Jefferson "...would destroy religion, introduce immorality and loosen the bonds of society."

4). The Connecticut Courier predicted:
"Murder, robbery, rape, adultry, and incest will be openly taught and practiced."

The Jefferson people attacked John Adams:

1). "[Adams is] a hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force or firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman...and one of the most egregious fools upon the continent..[and a] strange compound of ignorance and ferocity, of deceit and weakness" who was plotting a monarch to destroy democracy in America.

2. Jefferson's forces struck with a rumor Adams and a colleague had sexually consorted with four women during a trip to Britain. Adams answered his colleague must have kept all four women for himself, "cheating me out of my two."

Jefferson and Adams both refused to generally answer the attacks in public and when T.J. took office he called for an end to partisan strife. He and Adams became close friends later and communicated until both died 4 July 1826.

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Posted by Cato on 08/23/2016 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Today's video and an early open line

"....must always be considered as a national crisis."


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Posted by Cato on 08/23/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Meeting set Sept. 13 on Capitol monuments

Since there are three distinctly different Commandments ---Jewish----Catholic/Lutheran---Protestant---- I demand to know which one was chosen and who did the choosing. We need to know their name, address, telephone #, etc.

Here's the problem:(cartoon)…

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Posted by Cato on 08/23/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Today's video and an early open line

Looking back at the past just to reveal somethings simply don't change. 1835

American Elections:

“The period which immediately precedes an election, and that during which the election is taking place, must always be considered as a national crisis. As the election draws near, the activity of intrigue and the agitation of the populace increase; the citizens are divided into hostile camps, each of which assumes the name of its favorite candidate; the whole nation glows with feverish excitement.”

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” 1835

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Posted by Cato on 08/23/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “The push for a U.S. constitutional convention is nearing finish line

If I'm not mistaken, during the Reagan years this push was active and I think there were 32 or 33 such state resolutions passed. Have wonder if this GOP drive is successful what future GOP presidents will do since around 80% of the National Debt has been spent by Republican presidents. Again, it's do as I say and not as I do from that side of the aisle.

There are two ways to make amendment proposals and this is a constitutional way but this path has never been used in the history of this republic.

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Posted by Cato on 08/23/2016 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Monday's open line

Then and now…

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Posted by Cato on 08/22/2016 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Surgeon general ready to fight medical marijuana

Cecil Dale, have the same in experience in your family as I did with thirty my 44 year old brother who suffered with pancreatic cancer and see the relief mj provided him in his last few weeks and you will become a convert as I did thirty years ago.

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Posted by Cato on 08/22/2016 at 11:30 AM

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