“The last time the Democratic Party blew up in a presidential election year was 1860,” says James Howard Kunstler to kick off his latest blog post titled “A fraught Moment”. A fraught moment indeed, and that blog post is a real scorcher to set the scene to next week’s beginning of possibly very dramatic events.
“It had evolved from Jefferson’s 1800 bloc of yeoman farmers to Andrew Jackson’s rowdy caucus of frontier populists in the 1830s, and settled into a slough of pro-slavery apologists by the 1850s, including two do-nothing Democratic presidents, Pierce and Buchanan. The party held a nominating convention in the spring of 1860 and couldn’t come up with a candidate when a claque of southern “fire-eaters” walked out. They tried again a few months later and cracked up into three separate parties with three nominees — and of course Mr. Lincoln won the election. The result was the bloodiest war in US history.
That’s one way to drain a swamp. Historical obfuscators might say the Civil War was a lofty, legalistic quarrel over “state’s rights,” but of course it was really about the intolerable depravity of slavery. A hundred years later, the mysterious inversions of history converted the old slaver’s party into the Civil Rights party. That had a good fifty-year run. It included a hearty side-dish of anti-war sentiment, and a general disposition against the Big Brother treatment of citizens, including especially the overreach of the CIA and the FBI.”
A magnificent backdrop. Then comes the obvious following question:
“What is the Democratic Party today? Well…”
Well, for anything further, and I hope you are not satisfied with what has been revealed so far but champing at the bit for more, you will need to read the rest on Kunstler’s blog site.
Oh, all right, one last sentence, in fact the final one in the piece:
“All this may be enough to put the party down, like a dog that has peed on the carpet one time too many. Somebody else, from some other hastily assembled party, may have to stand against Mr. Trump in 2020.”
Kunstler never fails to impress with just the right turn of phrase to nail the situation. I think it may just be the right time to plump up the cushions and get the popcorn and cola out. The 2019/20 Democratic Put-Down Show is about to begin.