During the Andrew Johnson administration, political acrimony was so prevalent as to make the period the “arid Sahara” of U.S. history. Now we are witnessing “arid Sahara part 2”. Acrimony is so prevalent that it makes the whole thing tedious. Latest turmoil regards the health of Hillary Clinton.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Political Turmoil”, published to YouTube on September 13, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 35 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy during the administrations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, kept a private diary. In 1911, his son decided to publish the diary, as is, for the historical record. Lamentably, the Gideon Welles diary has not been entirely in print until recently. ForgottenBooks.org currently has all 3 volumes of the Welles diary in print. There are also e-book versions available, as well as pdf file versions.
In at least one of the e-book versions of the diary, there is an Introduction by John T. Morse, Jr. In it, Morse wrote as follows:
For a little while after Mr. [Andrew] Johnson became President there was promise of reasonably harmonious, intelligent, and even creditable action in the matter of Reconstruction. But differences of opinion and purpose, which were profound, soon developed, and thereupon the outcry of dispute, which was not prevented from being tedious because it was acrimonious, became such that for the American of to-day the narration of those angry discussions seems the arid Sahara in our national history.
The ARID SAHARA in our national history. And now we have Arid Sahara Part 2. The tedious, acrimonious outcry of dispute has returned in this especially divisive election season. Who can try to be neutral at such a time?
I had been more-or-less neutral, until in June 2016 it became clear to me that the Hillary Clinton campaign had brazenly stolen votes in the Democrat Party primary elections. This subject has been extensively covered in Ersjdamoo’s Blog entries from June 2016 and early July 2016.
Then came the mid-July Wikileaks revelations of massive, unfair bias in the power-center of the Democrat Party: Hillary Clinton had already been anointed as the candidate and the voters be damned. The Wikileaks revelations were spun into an ad hominem attack by the Clinton people: Never mind the message, blame the messenger, they decided. And so they invented Russia as the messenger and attacked it.
Then lately have come questions about Hillary Clinton’s health. The latest incident was the September 11th fainting episode. Now, contingency plans are said to be underway, in the event that Ms. Clinton’s poor health causes her to abandon the presidential race. The rumored selection is to be Vice President Joe Biden, which, if true, again shows the callous disregard the so-called “democratic” party has for its voters, who enthusiastically favored Bernie Sanders as the nominee.