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  • Trump and the New Know-Nothings Threaten the Death of the GOP

    08/10/2015 3:45:16 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 72 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 8/8/15 | Steve Berman
    The final Whig president of the United States was Millard Filmore in 1853.  He marked the death of the Whigs, and the rise of the Know-Nothings.  Today the GOP faces its own death, and the continued success of Donald Trump in the polls reflects the fact that the Republican Party is staring into its own grave. The Know-Nothing party was formed in reaction to Irish Catholic immigration, and pledged to restore “Native Americans” to political power (and by that I don’t mean Hiawatha, but WASPs).  Forming a party based on reactionary impulse is the death-rattle of a lost cause, and...
  • Republicans, Let us Honor Abraham Lincoln Today

    09/15/2003 6:37:23 AM PDT · by republicanwizard · 155 replies · 876+ views
    National Park Service ^ | 9/15/2003 | RepublianWizard
    Third Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Jonesboro, Illinois September 15, 1858 MR. DOUGLAS' SPEECH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: I appear before you today in pursuance of a previous notice, and have made arrangements with Mr. Lincoln to divide time, and discuss with him the leading political topics that now agitate the country. Prior to 1854 this country was divided into two great political parties known as Whig and Democratic. These parties differed from each other on certain questions which were then deemed to be important to the best interests of the Republic. Whig and Democrats differed about a bank, the...
  • The party of know nothings

    08/31/2010 3:31:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 8-31-10 | Jeffrey Folks
    "Ideas may be cut loose from experience in two senses: either they have no roots in experience, or they are not submitted to the test of experience. Either way, they are free to be foolish." So wrote Jeane Kirkpatrick in the Introduction to her landmark book, Dictatorships and Double Standards (New York, 1982, p. 10). Kirkpatrick's statement applies perfectly to the band of naďve idealists now in change of our government. The youthful dreamers guiding the Obama administration have almost no private-sector experience. Like Obama himself, the Cabinet and host of czars who direct policy have spent their lives in...
  • Confederate history month proclamation causes massive outbreak of Offendeditis

    05/17/2010 7:04:35 PM PDT · by Idabilly · 424 replies · 3,238+ views
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | April 12, 2010 | Doug Hagin
    I would also remind any Conservative that America is in the hole it is today because we have forgotten so much of our history. We are right to demand that our representatives remember the founding documents, we are right to demand these documents be taught in school. Again, how is studying the Confederacy any less important? Is not the essential question right now, on so many issues, NOT States rights? And what was the fight from 1861-65 over again? Yes, States rights.
  • Is Your Senator A Member Of The Bankster Party? (Mccain's a bankster)

    The one main benefit to the financial reform effort so far is that it helps further do away with the false paradigms of "left" or "right" and "Democrat" or "Republican" - fewer and fewer people are falling for those lies anymore. Try to get an ideological conservative to explain why Republicans love spending and so eagerly give welfare to banks. Try to get your local liberal to explain why it was a good idea to make backroom deals with abhorrent corporations and drill, baby, drill. Heck, even try to get a Tea Partier to explain choosing bailout-lover Sarah Palin to...
  • The Problem With Palin

    04/19/2010 5:52:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 530 replies · 5,826+ views
    American Spectator ^ | April 19, 2010 | Quin Hillyer
    Sarah Palin, 55 percent unfavorable poll ratings notwithstanding, is a political phenomenon the likes of which American public life rarely has seen. There's something distinctive, something deeply personal, about the way her legions of strong supporters rush not just to defend her but to counter-attack any and all of her critics. Palin has a way of establishing a sense of connectedness with her backers -- such a strong, attitudinal sense that she is not just like them but one of them -- that she has created what amounts to a one-woman, conservative "identity politics" writ very, very large. Yet if...
  • Karl Rove Has to Be Kidding (Southern Avenger) (GOP is using and abusing conservatives)

    04/10/2010 11:10:39 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,169+ views
    American Conservative ^ | April 8, 2010 | Jack Hunter aka Southern Avenger
    Why in the hell is Karl Rove on my TV? Why is Karl Rove on my radio? Why is Karl Rove on anywhere? Unless he’s on trial or being interrogated, I can’t imagine of what possible use this George W. Bush relic could be to conservatives and yet he’s everywhere, hocking his book “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,” a title as credibly right-wing as Stephen Colbert and as historically accurate as the movie “Titanic.” Craig Shirley and former Reagan official Donald Devine summed up Rove’s duplicity well in this week’s Washington Post: “From William...
  • Boehner pledges to enact health plan if GOP wins during town hall (Big Government® at work)

    11/05/2009 6:31:38 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 75 replies · 2,567+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-11-05 | Michael O'Brien
    Republicans will enact the health reform proposal they unveiled this week if they take back the House, Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged Thursday. Appearing on the Republican National Committee's (RNC) online town hall, Boehner and other House and Senate leaders said they sensed momentum behind GOP efforts to halt Democratic health reform legislation, which is set for a vote on Saturday. "If we get in the majority after the election, I plan to enact our healthcare plan," Boehner said during the town hall.
  • Media in the tank for Obama [On Obama's and the press giving him pass even on anti-Semite pals]

    11/01/2008 8:27:17 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies · 519+ views
    Toledoblade.com ^ | 1 Nov 08 | Jack Kelley
    The media haven't done enough to tell us who Barack Obama really is. "After all this time with him, I still can't say with certainty who he is," wrote Peter Nicholas of the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday about Mr. Obama, with whom he's spent roughly 18 hours a day for most of this campaign.
  • Brokaw And Rose: Who Is Obama? (Two MSM Journalists Talk About Obama The Empty Suit Alert)

    10/31/2008 3:48:51 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 3,338+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 10/31/2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, on Charlie Rose Show last night on PBS. Are they doing their pledge drive yet? Is PBS doing their drive? Because, you know, "Without your Pledge, we cannot dust." He had on Tom Brokaw last night, ladies and gentlemen. Here's a montage. Now, this is last night. As you listen to this, keep in mind everything you've heard from Brokaw and others in the Drive-Bys can for the past six months, three months, two months or whatever. This is a montage of Charlie Rose and Brokaw trying to figure out who Obama is. ROSE: I don't know what...
  • Los Angeles Is a Third World City

    04/26/2008 9:17:42 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 70 replies · 609+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | April 24, '08 | staff
    A third of immigrants have not graduated from high school and 60 percent do not speak English fluently, the Migration Policy Institute found. These immigrants make up half the Los Angeles workforce. It said this left immigrants ill-equipped to fill California's fastest-growing occupations. The organization said that as the so-called baby boomers reach retirement age, a similar pattern will spread across the U.S. Ernesto Cortes, of the Industrial Area Foundation, a think-tank that specializes on social change said "The question is are we going to be a 21st century city or a Third World city with an elite group on...
  • U.S. votes and we all feel the pain (Barf Alert)

    01/06/2008 3:56:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 118+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | January 6, 2008 | Thomas Walkom
    The rest of the world gets uneasy every four years as Americans start to pick their next president. We don't have a vote. But we do have to live with the results. As the tenure of George W. Bush illustrates – this is not always pleasant. With the so-called Iowa caucuses out of the way, the murky U.S. political scene has become marginally clearer. Most Canadians would be hard-pressed to name all of the presidential candidates. We now know, thanks to an arcane and not particularly fair voting system in one of America's smallest states, which names we will never...
  • Immigration Fight Turns to U.S. Workers(54M American workers unemployed; 28M foreigners employed)

    09/03/2007 4:39:31 PM PDT · by kellynla · 170 replies · 2,344+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 3, 2007 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigration-limits groups are in the midst of a Labor Day campaign to pressure Congress and presidential candidates to pledge to cut the flow of foreign labor in order to protect American workers. The groups' plea — being made in a new television-ad campaign and an online petition — occurs as think tanks on both sides of the immigration debate ponder the role of immigrants in the labor force, and arrive at different conclusions about how necessary foreign workers will be over the next half-century. The new ad campaign is stark and blunt: It features a young couple sitting at a...
  • Giuliani and the Know Nothings (Immigration Barf Alert!)

    08/19/2007 8:50:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1,101+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | August 17, 2007 | Ryan Sager
    What an election: The one-time mayor of Ellis Island, grandson of Italian immigrants, has to make nice with the modern-day Know Nothings if he wants a shot at his party's nomination for the presidency. Mayor Giuliani gets immigrants. He's lived their dreams. He's governed their city. He's won their hearts and their minds and their votes. But now he must walk a razor's edge between advocating sensible immigration reforms on one side and demonizing immigrants as criminals and invaders on the other. Having transgressed from conservative orthodoxy irreparably on one issue, abortion, Mr. Giuliani has been pursuing a strategy of...
  • NYT: Ron Paul for President... of the 'Wackos'? [Birchers, Israel-Haters, etc.]

    07/20/2007 4:27:18 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 615 replies · 8,302+ views
    Editor and Publisher.com ^ | 07/20/07 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK A feature piece in this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine on Republican candidate for president, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, portrays his followers as including a wild mix of "wackos" on both ends of the political spectrum. Paul, a libertarian, has been gaining media and public attention of late. The cover line reads: "A Genuine Radical for President." The headline inside: "The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-Administration, Anti-medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul." The article closes with the author, Christopher Caldwell, attending a Ron Paul Meetup in Pasadena. The co-host, Connie Ruffley of United Republicans of California, admits she...
  • Don't hang out 'no vacancy' sign at Kittery [Maine Wants Immigrants (KnowNothings)]

    06/05/2007 4:23:00 PM PDT · by bd476 · 47 replies · 1,165+ views
    Maine Today ^ | June 5, 2007 | P. Vincent O'Malley
    Don't hang out 'no vacancy' sign at Kittery Maine needs immigrants to grow and prosper, which means being welcoming, not hostile. Cead Mille Failte is a Gaelic expression of Irish hospitality that literally translates to "one hundred thousand welcomes." As the son of Irish immigrants who were welcomed to Maine more than 80 years ago to find work, raise a family and practice their faith, I believe the only way to have a prospering Maine is to have a welcoming Maine. Maine's periods of great economic growth have coincided with its periods of high levels of in-migration. This is...
  • First Grant Amnesty, Then Deny It

    06/05/2007 3:15:38 PM PDT · by gpapa · 17 replies · 672+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 5, 2007 | Rich Lowry
    Supporters of a lax immigration policy love to hurl the charge of "Know-Nothingism" against their critics. But, oddly enough, it is the Senate immigration bill that duplicates a key element of the 19th-century Know-Nothing platform. Those long-ago nativists wanted to make immigrants wait 21 years to become citizens. The Senate bill effectively creates a comparable waiting period.
  • America's Fear of Outsiders (Immigration, Know Nothings and the KKK)

    06/04/2007 9:24:52 PM PDT · by bd476 · 35 replies · 824+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | By Richard Brookhiser | May 31, 2007
    As Congress takes another pass at immigration, its supporters hail it as an all-American phenomenon. President George W. Bush calls it therapeutic: "Immigration helps renew our soul... Snip The bigotry of immigration opponents is a familiar shadow in our civic myth, like the devils and tempters in a medieval morality play. In 1798 John Adams signed the Alien Act, which gave the President the power to expel "dangerous" foreigners. Harrison Gray Otis, an Adams supporter in Congress, singled out "hordes of wild Irishmen" as particularly unwelcome. Other Congressmen mocked the French accent of Representative Albert Gallatin, who was born in...
  • Can we talk? Lynchburg's dialogue on race and racism (More on the "Know Nothings")

    06/04/2007 7:37:50 PM PDT · by bd476 · 7 replies · 457+ views
    News & Advance ^ | June 2, 2007
    Can we talk? Lynchburg's dialogue on race and racism Lynchburg News & Advance Saturday, June 2, 2007 To delve into the thicket that is the question of race relations in America is always a dangerous undertaking. It’s a loaded topic that cuts to the core of who a person is and how he perceives he fits in American society - or doesn’t. But as the face of America changes before our eyes, it’s a topic that needs to be addressed. Race has been a boil since the very first African was brought to Jamestown in 1619 and sold to the...
  • The Irish in America [Immigration, History & the Know Nothings]

    06/04/2007 5:26:33 PM PDT · by bd476 · 24 replies · 602+ views
    Library Ireland ^ | 1868 | By John Francis Maguire
    THE IRISH IN AMERICA By John Francis Maguire, 1868 CHAPTER XXIV. The Know Nothing Movement--Jealousy of the Foreigner--Know Nothings indifferent to Religion--Democratic Orators--Even at the Altar and in the Pulpit--Almost Incredible--The Infernal Miscreant--A Strange Confession THE KNOW NOTHING movement of 1854 and 1855 troubled the peace of Catholics, and filled the hearts of foreign-born American citizens with sorrow and indignation. They were made the victims of rampant bigotry and furious political partisanship. There was nothing new in this Know Nothingism. It was as old as the time of the Revolution, being Native Americanism under another name. Its animating spirit...