Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Longing for the Original Democrat
Sarah Palin made a good point. "But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols??"
Makes me long for the original Democrat. This guy was one bad ass SOB. He didn't take crap from no one and he didn't cry. He fought 13 duels, killing one man. He had one bullet in his chest so close to his heart it could never be removed. He had been shot so many times people said he "rattled like a bag of marbles."
In the military, he earned the moniker "Old Hickory" because he was as tough as a piece of hickory wood. He gained fame leading his troops to one of the great military victories of our country. He inflicted "2,037 casualties: 291 dead (including three senior generals), 1,262 wounded, and 484 captured or missing" on the enemy while his troops suffered small numbers: "71 casualties: 13 dead, 39 wounded, and 19 missing."
As president he became the target of the first assassination attempt. Both pistols of the would be assassin misfired and legend has it he attacked the man "with his cane, prompting his aides to restrain him."
No. There wouldn't be any crying and whining from the guy. He'd be out there fighting like hell for what he believed in without bawling. And if one of today's crybaby Democrats came to him pouting, he'd look at them and say,
"You know what makes me sad?"
"YOU DO! MAYBE WE SHOULD CHUG ON OVER TO MAMBY PAMBY LAND WHERE MAYBE WE CAN FIND SOME SELF-CONFIDENCE FOR YOU, YOU JACK-WAGON!"
[pause] Tosses tissue box on floor.
Thanks to R. Lee Ermey
P.S. - I wonder if it means anything that the first Democratic president was responsible for the Trail of Tears which resulted in the death of over 4,000 Cherokee Indians while the first Republican president freed the slaves.
Jackson had some greatness in him. He is also responsible for terrible sins (that tend to get glossed over with the way we write our history). Got to take the good and the bad together to have a complete picture.
Old Hickory was also the politician who split the "Democratic-Republican" Party.
Irony is that both Jackson and Lincoln did what they did to advance or maintain the position of the United States as they saw it. Though Lincoln did follow through on his promise of emancipation with the 13th Amendment, the war was not started with the intention of freeing a single slave.
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