Conversations break down

Yes, according to the New York Times all talks have completely broken down once again. As we go down towards default, and pointing fingers, this part of the article is critical: 

Feelings ran so high on the House floor on Saturday morning that there was a brief altercation between Representative Joseph Crowley, a New York Democrat, and Chris Vieson, the floor director for Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the majority leader. There were conflicting reports about whether the conflict became physical or was confined to words, but both sides said they had apologized.

 

We once again should point back to the years before the Civil War when emotions in Congress were extremely high, and they also got physical. The best known of these incidents is the caning of Senator Charles Sumner. From the US Senate History page we learn that:

On May 22, 1856, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” became a combat zone.  In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate’s entire history, a member of the House of Representatives entered the Senate chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness.

 

The inspiration for this clash came three days earlier when Senator Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts antislavery Republican, addressed the Senate on the explosive issue of whether Kansas should be admitted to the Union as a slave state or a free state.  In his “Crime Against Kansas” speech, Sumner identified two Democratic senators as the principal culprits in this crime—Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Andrew Butler of South Carolina.  He characterized Douglas to his face as a “noise-some, squat, and nameless animal . . . not a proper model for an American senator.”  Andrew Butler, who was not present, received more elaborate treatment.  Mocking the South Carolina senator’s stance as a man of chivalry, the Massachusetts senator charged him with taking “a mistress . . . who, though ugly to others, is always lovely to him; though polluted in the sight of the world, is chaste in his sight—I mean,” added Sumner, “the harlot, Slavery.”  

 

There is no doubt that things are getting hot in DC. There is also no doubt that emotions are raw. As we have explored earlier in this blog the parallels to other critical periods of US History are becoming clearer as the hanging day approaches. It is also clear that the Radicals are as radical as they have been, and that includes taking Confederate flags in front of the White House, and removing barriers from National Parks. 

Regardless of what you may think, on who is right or who is wrong, things are entering a critical crisis moment. We might very well be living one of those moments when fates of nations are determined. As far as I am concerned, I prefer to read about those events, not live through them. Please China, can you take your curse back? 



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