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  •  I want to compare them to Whigs (11+ / 0-)

    but Whigs weren't actually crazy. They were just split over slavery and its expansion. Which meant that they were split over a moral and ideological issue, not a reality issue. Today's Repubs are split over whether baby Jesus created the earth 5800 years ago or 5900 years ago, and whether he rode a tyrannosaurus or stegosaurus to the local Chick-Fil-A to attend a meeting of the He-Man Woman and Gay-Hating Society, not over whether top marginal tax rates should be at 39% or 42%. Unlike the Whigs, they're INSANE.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:33:24 PM PST

    •  Federalists. (1+ / 0-)
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      Was Thomas Jefferson going to burn down all of the churches, or just tax them to death? Was it worse that he was allegedly an atheist, or that he had a slave mistress, Sally Hemings? (His first wife's half sister, whom he was forbidden by law to marry in Virginia. See Loving v. Virginia, 1967)

      Also Slave Democrats, who were every bit as fractured on how to preserve slavery as the Whigs were over the Fugitive Slave Law, but totally committed to maintaining slavery by any means necessary.

      Lincoln won the 1860 election in large part because the Southern Democrats put up five candidates. We're fighting to preserve slavery! No we're not, we're fighting to preserve States' Rights! No we're not, we're fighting to keep Yankees away from our women!

      But I think Millard Fillmore was crazy in his vicious enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 06:45:07 PM PST

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      •  Whigs weren't Federalists (0+ / 0-)

        and neither were crazy, just politically maladept and out of touch with the times. Today's Repubs are both PLUS crazy.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 08:36:54 PM PST

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