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A history of the evolving political parties of the USA

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I salute your grasp of history in the evolution of America from the past to its present state. You are still the casual observer detached from what is happening around you, that "know thou all" intellectual who want nothing of the history unfolding before your eyes. For the factual narration of the history of America, kudos to you.


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reply by the author on 26-Oct-2018
    Thank you. I am going for a conversational style of knowledge mixed with opinion and sometimes rumors and half truths that many people believe. Thanks again.
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After reading you, my mind is ... well ... so full it's about to burst. So full I have to read it again to pull the bits together that you have so brilliantly laid out.
From what little I remembered of history, I did feel like we were in a repetitive , here-we-go-again universe. Different names, attire but the same self-interest perpetuates itself through the centuries. Not just here but forever ... everywhere. I imagine even the cavemen had a form of politics, their rich(strength) and the poor.
It's all mind boggling.


One small edit:
The(They) left the party of Lincoln and returned to the faith of Andrew Jackson,


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reply by the author on 24-Oct-2018
    Thank you for your generous comments. I imagine in the caveman world it was all about who first figured out how to use tools. A rock will bash another caveman's head in better than a fist. Thank you for the edit. It has been adjusted.
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Hi, Lance. again a sI said, PFL. (Pretty fucking long) LOL

But worth it. Your outlook and opinions are always very interesting.

If Adams were alive he would shit a brick.

" A two-party system, thus limiting the openness of public discussion, has made our way of life into one of opposing agendas, both sides right and wrong about everything. Our government is a petty, nit-picking stage show, a very serious thing we can no longer take seriously. We watch the very idea of a future crumble before our eyes."

So very true, my friend. Bob


 Comment Written 23-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 24-Oct-2018
    Yeah, but this one seemed necessary to go on. I originally planned to discuss how much both the Democrats and Republicans have changed throughout time, then condemn both parties for selling out to self-interest, but the story is more complicated than this. This essay isn't even planned for the book Recording Editorial History. Thank you once again for your kind words.

reply by Mastery on 24-Oct-2018
    You are welcome as always, Lance
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I certainly thank and celebrate this author for such a deep and expansive perspective on the history of AMERICAN Politics
yet I cannot help feeling helpless of personally doing anything positive in light of the horrific MOB of illegal immigrants about to attack our southern borders! HIS GRAYNESS; Vance


 Comment Written 23-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 23-Oct-2018
    I understand the concern about these migrant group approaching the borders, but I am equally appalled about how this ordeal is being used to further stoke terror in an uncertain nation. This is not 'nationalism' but 'nativism,' which has an even uglier history. Of course this group should be halted, but they should not be painted as fire-breathing monsters about to burn down the castle. And to add to this by pulling out every other nerve-wracking boogieman makes me further question who it is we really should fear.

reply by His Grayness on 23-Oct-2018
    Lance, thanks for the meaningful reply and hope you will continue to opine on the current situation which certainly looks to contain some serious risks! Vance
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I love the way you speak of democracy being bloody. Such a well written peice and how relevant in our society to you. My best goes out to you for future writing and all of your endeavors!


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reply by the author on 24-Oct-2018
    Thank you. I have grown increasingly horrified the more history I discover, and depressed over the fact that everything we are concerned about has already happened and resolved themselves in terrible ways. Thanks again for your comments.
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This is a well-written interesting, very informative piece. A glimpse of politics throughout history. It seems to me history has continued to repeat itself over and over again in one way or another. Everybody trying to reinvent the wheel, make it better, the way they believed it should be. Yet no one was willing to compromise and the few compromises that did happen was so fought against there wasn't a chance in H*** they'd work. Your right history will repeat itself again, and this cycle will continue until learn from our mistakes. Unfortunately, Trump isn't the man for the job.


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reply by the author on 24-Oct-2018
    You're right about the continual failures throughout history to repair past mistakes. New mistakes are made in similar ways, making everything spin faster and faster on a terminal cycle. Trump is just the latest example of this sort of foolishness, the sort of leader that precedes a great change in society, whether it be a revolution, an economic collapse, a world war or the formation of a whole new religion. We are living right now in one of these moments where the concept and direction of the future is more in flux than recent generations. Thank you for your comments.
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Thank you for sharing this slice of history. I can sense your passion. It comes through with the authenticity of your writing.

There were a few things I wanted to touch bases on, in the grammatical and syntactical arena. Nothing too major.

American politics differently than every other Democracy in history. [Did you mean "... behaves (or some other verb) differently than every other Democracy in history."? "Differently" here has nothing to modify.]

by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people [It sounds like old George was more referencing "representative government" rather than partisanship.]

two heroic figures who were once and future friends. [reads rather awkwardly to me. Would suggest, "who were once friends, and would be friends in the future." Or some such. The way you have it there's an odd blend of past and future tenses.

not fully formed system to their own greed. [The entire sentence preceding this is quite powerful, and well-written.

agreement except on one very significant issue. [I expected you to explain what that significant issue was. It's not clear.]

Over all, this was very informative, clear and well conceived.








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reply by the author on 24-Oct-2018
    Thank you for the edits. I have taken several of your suggestions, ignored a few and questioned the reason for a last one. But more to the point: At the time George Washington made this statement there was already some nasty partisanship brewing in the bowels underneath he and John Adams and their struggle to establish a meaningful government. Washington saw the direction this may be going. He grew increasingly worried and, uncharacteristically, began to publicly criticize the new form of government that was overtaking the new nation. When we talk about how previous presidents do not attack those presently in office, and discuss today and the condemnations of Trump, we can generally agree with this statement. Except when it comes to the first president trashing the second and the second trashing the third. Thanks again.
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yes, I can see the parallels that run through American politics. People are saying they see signs of another civil war, "The nation, once more, was starting to resemble the dire, chaotic state that preceded the Civil War."

And isn't this happening right now, "Many citizens feared the end of America, led and inflamed by former Senators and Governors and failed Presidential candidates who went on tours and seemed to be constantly engaged in provocative campaign rallies"


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reply by the author on 24-Oct-2018
    Not only is this happening right now, but a crisis such as this comes along roughly every thirty years in our form of Democracy. It is generational, the children overthrowing their parent's system of values and then fighting among themselves. The cruelty and ambitions of current government is always reflective of the morality or selfishness of those who are controlling the future for their children's revolution. Thank you for your comments.

reply by webfoot on 25-Oct-2018
    every thirty years. this is really interesting. I think a book needs to be written about this - it might be a best seller

reply by the author on 25-Oct-2018
    I am writing it, as a matter of fact. Thank you.

reply by webfoot on 25-Oct-2018
    that's great
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