Sorry, I thought you could read my mind.
The American Empire Roosevelt was envisioning was referred to as “Manifest Destiny” here in America back in the day (though that particular colonial ‘idea’ was already growing a bit long in the ‘tooth, by then) . The Jingoist British author, R. Kipling, referred to it as the "White Man’s Burden".
No matter what it was called, it signaled that the Caucasians of northern Europe were uniquely qualified to rule the known world
Actually John the “writing” is written in history. The party that spawned the current republican party, the Whigs, when it destroyed itself from within, produced at least 2 ’new parties. the Republican party, and the “Native American Party” (also known as the “American Party” after 1855) which was informally known as the “Know Nothing” party since its members were told to reply, “I know nothing” when asked bout its aims and positions.!
I truly do not know what will evolve out of the ‘sane’ part of the republican party, but it is altogether too obvious that the Trumpian wing of the party is evolving into a later-day “Know nothing” group!
Incidentally, the republican party, itself, became so radicalized by 1864 that Lincoln chose to run under the “National Union” party banner instead of the republican banner for his reelection.
Actually, John, it’s been my experience that Trump’s underlings run FROM the light when you turn it on – watch the floors; you’ll see what I mean – we REALLY need a “political” Orkin man!
Trump is basically another iteration of the classic story of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. We are seeing the supporters of the current president basically ignoring broad swaths of facts that have been brought forward by the House and various interviews that have occurred subsequent to the issuance of the impeaching documents.
The republicans have been critical of the fact that the House have not submitted any direct documentation supporting the articles of impeachment. Of course, such arguments completely ignore the fact that the president actually blocked anyone that had direct knowledge of Trump requesting help in his 2020 political campaign from Ukraine.
The argument republicans are making is quite like the argument made by the man who murdered both his parents, and then threw himself on the mercy of the court because he was an orphan! That describes the position of the republicans to a “T”.
Night, I was trying to make a point that it is NOT ENOUGH to indicate a stand taken in the past – positions must be continually mad and reaffirmed! I know exactly how that works because I was once a steadfast republican, the kind known as a “Rockefeller Republican”, until Tricky Dick decided to expand my party by inviting all the democratic bigots and racists to join him in opposing the “civil rights” movement (this was known as Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”).
I wasn’t trying to “play” anything on you – you just inadvertently failed to delineate the ‘timeline’ to which you were referring – a reference (to me) of the republican party includes EVERYTHING from its inception, rising from the “wreckage” of the Whig party in the 1850s to it’s modern interpretation as the party of Trump – “Standing” for absolutely nothing!
Night, Bernie , to my mind, is not a democrat until he follows the dictates of the D.N.C. and also supports the rest of the democratic field – which he didn’t and doesn’t. You can’t claim “democratic” status simply by supporting a few of the old democratic positions.
Remember, one of the old “democratic” stances was in support of slavery. It is not enough to “talk the talk”; you must also “walk the walk!”
In 2016, the D.N.C. attempted, several times, to get Senator Sanders to “become” a democrat, and widely support the democratic field – he refused, every time – making the conscious choice of to pick and choose whom to support. That is NOT the actions of a democrat – that is the action of an “Independent” which, of course, he is and always has been.
Old, my problem with your position is that, since I am a registered Democrat, I have trouble voting for Senator Sanders, who is not. The field is still open enough that democrats can STILL choose a democrat to run against Trump instead of going outside the ‘lines’ – heck, if you want a “democratic” Bernie, choose Warren – she’s been described as “Bernie in a skirt”, anyway.
Straying outside party boundaries is what got the republicans Donald Trump in 2016. I really don’t want that; I want a democrat to win in 2020 – a real, “card-carrying” democrat (and, yes, it does make a difference – remember in 2016 when Bernie refused the D.N.C.s repeated requests for Bernie to assist democrats with which he had philosophical differences. Bernie’s “us versus them” mentality was a bit too exclusive for my tastes).
Understand this, Old, I will vote for anyone other than Trump – I would even vote for George Wallace (he, too was a democrat) over Trump, because I know what Wallace was and I know what Trump is.
But Bernie Sanders was not, is not and never will be a democrat, and I fear that people will see him as a democrat – until he isn’t, and that lack of definition bothers me.
The salary of a Representative or a Senator is currently $174,000 + perks. For that more than generous salary, Congress meets less than any other employment opportunity in America, one day out of three for the House, a bit more for the Senate.
God only knows what Trump is referring to when he speaks of the “do nothing” Congress – personally, I try to ignore ALL utterances from the White House since Trump is a proven pathological liar, but, if he is referring to the number of bills that cross his desk for signature, he should look to the truly massive stack of legislation backed up on Moscow Mitch’s desk!
Of course, Moscow Mitch says he only processes those bills which he feels the president will sign, which is just a sneaky way of saying those bills that Moscow Mitch WANTS the president to sign.
The Main Problem with Washington D.C. is not just with Trump and his administration (though that IS a problem), the problem lies with the Senate and the corrupt way in which it is being run – (it might be hard to feature how it could get any worse under Schumer, but we can see how badly its being run under Moscow Mitch so let’s try something else, okay?)
And, people, keep in mind that it is NOT ENOUGH to replace the moron in the Oval Office! The Senate must turn Blue, as well.
It’s “nice” to contemplate government without Trump – but getting rid of him won’t “fix” anything unless you also fix the Senate at the same time – and don’t forget to keep a “weather eye” on the House, as well! It’s been ‘repaired’, but that doesn’t mean it can’t go all wobbly again, tomorrow!
All politics is a cross between a juggling act AND a balancing act and you forget that at your peril.
Gee, I hate to rain on your parade, DC, but, usually, authoritarian despots require their minions to vote every so often to buoy up their flagging egos – I hope you’re not suggesting that Trump doesn’t have an ego – of course he’ll have to wait a bit until the Attorney General establishes the “new rules” for voting – the various republican legislatures have been “test driving” various voting configurations over the years,
Trump, Barr and McConnell will decide which ones they like after Trump gets reelected and they get a “lock” on the judiciary, including the Supreme Court, for the next generation!
(And, DC, I hope and pray that what I’ve just posted to you is nothing more than “snark”, but that is also what will happen if Trump wins in 2020. In my opinion, the upcoming election is, without a doubt, the most significant since the country’s inception, and the outcome teeters on a knife-edge!)
This suggestion will only help a bit locally in the United States, but people might consider electing people on the basis of their concern for the “environment” – on a practical level, this means no more electing republicans at any level!
Republicans do not care a whit for the environment – never have – never will! If they have an “R” after their name, you may safely assume they are supportive of climate denying, at the very least and a vote for them at any level can be construed as a vote to destroy the world!