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The Political Jungle

Submitted by ub on Wed, 10/09/2019 - 08:50

A well-known phrase - History has a way of repeating itself - Or does it also have a way of reversing itself? The same kinds of events repeat or the opposite occurs. Will history repeat or reverse itself for our country? Is our nation is headed for disaster?

The "Eighteenth Brumaire" November 9, 1799 —the day Napoleon Bonaparte had made himself dictator by a coup d'état. The work is the source of one of Marx's most quoted statements, that history repeats itself, "the first as tragedy, then as farce".

Back in 1950, Republican US Senator Margaret Chase Smith took on a member of her own party, in a speech she called a “Declaration of Conscience.” Chase urged her fellow Republicans to stand up for the basic American values being trampled: The Senator from Maine said...

“It is high time that we stop thinking politically as Republicans and Democrats about elections and started thinking patriotically as Americans about national security based on individual freedom. I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the four horsemen of calumny: fear, ignorance, bigotry, smear.”

https://youtu.be/0cog4kMkpsY

https://www.history.com/speeches/margaret-chase-smith-denounces-mccarthy

"Mr. President," she began, "I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition... The United States Senate has long enjoyed worldwide respect as the greatest deliberative body... But recently that deliberative character has...been debased to...a forum of hate and character assassination." In her 15-minute address, delivered as McCarthy looked on, Smith endorsed every American’s right to criticize, to protest, and to hold unpopular beliefs. “Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America,” she complained. “It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.” She asked her fellow Republicans not to ride to political victory on the “Four Horsemen of Calumny–Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.” As she concluded, Smith introduced a statement signed by herself and six other Republican senators–her “Declaration of Conscience."

Chris Cuomo Shares A Republican Quote That Could Haunt GOP Lawmakers https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chris-cuomo-margaret-chase-smith_n_5d9d7…

Another phrase says - Leave them wanting more, so I hope this will.