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Join or Die: When Two Parties Worked Together to Save the Nation

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

In 1800, Americans were confronted with a unique dilemma.  The heated competition between Alexander Hamilton’s Federalists and Thomas Jefferson’s Republicans had reached a new height in the State of New York.  Under Aaron Burr’s cunning manipulations, the Republican Party in New York underwent extreme changes to the surprise of many Federalists.  Susan Dunn notes that despite the fact that Burr was involved with the Republicans, he “left little evidence of his political convictions or principles.”[1]  Suffice it to say that by the time Burr had worked his “magic” in New York, the results were astounding:  Republicans were far ahead of their Federalist rivals.

Burr’s hard work paid off and he was chosen as Jefferson’s running mate in the election of 1800 but this did not stop his adversary Hamilton from working diligently to find a way to block Burr’s machinations.  In a letter written to John Jay, Hamilton urgently requested:

I shall not be supposed to mean that anything ought to be done which integrity will forbid—but merely that the scruples of delicacy and propriety, as relative to a common course of things, ought to yield to the extraordinary nature of the crisis…The reasonable part of the world will I believe approve it.  They will see it as a proceeding out of the common course but warranted by the particular nature of the Crisis and the great cause of social order.[2]

 

Unfortunately, for the Federalists it was too late.  The Republicans had a decided victory over the Federalists with Jefferson and Burr leading the way.  Jefferson took it upon himself to mark Burr as the Vice President by writing a congratulatory note to him in December of 1800.  In this letter, Jefferson promised Burr a high position on his Cabinet upon his inauguration.[3]   Burr, at this time at least, seemed grateful and willing to oblige with Jefferson’s plans.  While the clash between the two parties was complete, anxieties over the Jefferson/Burr ticket were just becoming clear.  It was obvious that both men had won with equal electoral votes but only one could become the President.  More importantly, according to the Constitution, the decision to select the next President of the United States was left to the House of Representatives.

The Federalists, always “afraid” of Jefferson, frantically tried to garner support for Burr in an effort to offset Jefferson’s possible win.  Hamilton abhorred the idea of any party supporting Burr and stated notably, “that if the Party Shall by supporting Mr Burr as President adopt him for their official Chief—I shall be obliged to consider myself as an isolated man.”[4]  Hamilton argued that although he felt Jefferson was “crafty” and a shameless “hypocrite,” he was not “an enemy to the power of the Executive” or “capable of being corrupted.”[5]  Both Hamilton and Jefferson understood Burr’s personality very well.  Burr was notoriously selfish and only had his own best interests at heart.  Historian Gordon Wood notes that to both men Burr “violated everything they had thought the American Revolution had been about.”[6]

By 1800-1801, Hamilton had suffered personal heartache to last a lifetime.  The death of his eldest and most beloved son, Philip Hamilton, in a duel had rendered him a broken man.  Furthermore, after the exposure of the “Reynolds Affair” in 1797, his political life had taken a battering and suffered gravely as well.  Yet, in a way only Hamilton could, he worked energetically to bring the Federalists together, “If there be a man in the world I ought to hate it is Jefferson.  With Burr I have always been personally well.  But the public good must be paramount to every private consideration.[7]

On February 17, 1801, Thomas Jefferson was officially elected and declared the third President of the United States of America.  On March 4, 1801, in one of the most riveting speeches in our nation’s history, Jefferson declared:

But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by  different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all  Federalists.  If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with  which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.[8]

 

Clearly by combining their efforts and joining hands with each other, Jefferson and Hamilton, indeed the Federalists and the Republicans, unified the nation and uplifted the objective of the American Revolution in one clean sweep.

As we head to the poll booth on November 6, 2012, it would do us all good to remember the sentiments behind our Constitution.  Today, as it was in the election of 1800, the mayhem of party politics remains present.  The question we must ask ourselves then is not which Party to vote for but which candidate best preserves the true meaning behind the beliefs of “We The People.”  As with Hamilton and Jefferson, perhaps it is time that we “join or die” for those principles which celebrate our fundamental beliefs, for in the end we are all Republicans, we are all Democrats, we are all Tea Partiers, we are all Libertarians, and indeed we are all Americans.



[1] Susan Dunn, Jefferson’s Second Revolution:  The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism (Boston:  New York, 2004), 179.

[2] Alexander Hamilton, “An Electoral Stratagem,” in Hamilton Writings, ed. Joanne B. Freeman (New York:  Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 2001), 923-924.

[3] Thomas Jefferson, “The Anas. 1791-1806 Selections,“ in Jefferson:  Autobiography, Notes on the State of Virginia, Public and Private Papers, Addresses, Letters, ed. Merrill D. Peterson (New York:  Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1984), 692.

[4] Alexander Hamilton, “Burr Has ‘No Fixed Theory’ To James A. Bayard,” Hamilton Writings, 977.

[5] Ibid., 978.

[6] Gordon Wood, Empire of Liberty:  A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2009), 284.

[7] Alexander Hamilton, “Jefferson Over Burr To Gouverneur Morris,” Hamilton Writings, 972.

[8] The Avalon Project, “Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address,” avalon.law.yale.edu, last modified 2008, http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/jefinau1.asp.

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At Last: President George Washington’s Dying Wish

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your Union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its Administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and Virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete, by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it. — President George Washington

The following comment about Mexico is from Jorge Castañeda, who served as the Mexican Foreign Secretary from 2000 to 2003 and is currently Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at New York University: (more…)

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OBAMA’S MILE HIGH CLUB: Part Five

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

By BARBARA ESPINOSA




Mile High, Still Just An Inch Deep

Obama Accepted His Nomination With Mile-High Rhetoric Nearly Three Years Ago In Denver, But Has Since Delivered Mile-High Debt, Deficits, And Unemployment

TAXES THEN: OBAMA: “Change Means A Tax Code That Doesn’t Reward The Lobbyists Who Wrote It, But The American Workers And Small Businesses Who Deserve It.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Acceptance Speech Remarks At The Democratic National Convention, Denver, CO, 8/28/08)

NOW: Obama Admitted He Will Raise Taxes On Job-Creators If He Is Reelected. OBAMA:“That is a reasonable proposition. So, when you hear folks saying ‘Well, the president shouldn’t want massive job killing tax increases when the economy is this weak.’ Nobody’s looking to raise taxes right now. We’re talking about potentially 2013 and the out years.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Press Conference, Washington, D.C., 7/11/11)

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On the Issues: 2012 Election

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Presidential Republican primary race 2011-2012:ON THE ISSUES..

Click for our 2012 Presidential Vote Match quiz or click for 2010 Senate race quizzes.

State and federal officeholders in 2011
(Click below on a state for a list of Governors, House of Representative members, or Senators and their challengers).

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Who Is Alan Krueger?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

By BARBARA ESPINOSA



Obama Nominates Advocate For $500 Billion Tax Increase Through Value-Added Tax

“President Barack Obama Nominates Princeton University’s Alan Krueger To Be Chairman Of The White House Council Of Economic Advisers, A White House Official Said.”(David Wessel, “Labor Economist To Fill Key Post,” The Wall Street Journal, 8/29/11)

LACKS REAL WORLD BUSINESS EXPERIENCE. Krueger should fit right in with the rest of Obama’s administration they have less business experience than a bunch of fifth graders…
If you’re wondering why it seems that the Obama Administration truly doesn’t understand how the free market works or why it thinks that we can simply spend our way out of a bad market, you need look no further than the make-up of the personnel on his team. In the past 110 years, we have never seen such a cabinet lacking in business expertise. Yes, there are many lawyers who have worked with businesses, but if you have to look at making payroll, making decisions that affect products in the market, market research, hiring and firing, well, you’re looking at 92% of a cabinet sans business experience with nary a clue how to deal with this economy. If we were in a legal crisis, we might all feel warm and fuzzy.Politifacts claims this is false, but asserts legal experience substitutes for business experience. You can decide for yourself as here is their link. From JP Morgan Private Bank via Michael Cembalest research published by Forbes.com:

Krueger Has Little To No Real World Business/Private Sector Experience. (Alan B. Krueger, Curriculum Vitae, Accessed 8/29/11)

Krueger“Another Example” Of Obama White House Favoring Individuals With No Private Sector Experience To Key Economic Positions. “Alan Krueger nod another example that there’s nothing this White House prizes like previous administration experience.” (Ezra Klein, Twitter Feed, Accessed 8/29/11)·

Ezra Klein: “Krueger fits the Jack Lew, Gene Sperling, Bruce Reed, etc model closely, where the White House prefers to go inside than out.”(Ezra Klein, Twitter Feed, Accessed 8/29/11)

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More on OBAMA’S ILLEGAL ALIEN UNCLE

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

OBAMA’S ILLEGAL ALIEN UNCLE ARRESTED..Ironic?

While President Obama is living “high on the hog” with the rich and famous in “Martha’s Vineyard” golfing, eating out etc. his illegal Uncle is being arrested in Framington, Mass. outside a so-so chicken restaurant for drunk driving.

Onyango Obama, uncle of US President, detained as illegal immigrant

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OBAMA, Let Our Country Go.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

By BARBARA ESPINOSA

The people said unto Obama, “Let our country go…”

THE PEOPLE SAID:

We don’t want socialism.

We don’t want out of control spending.

We don’t want unattainable debt.

We don’t want unprecedented unemployment.

We don’t government run healthcare.

We don’t want government funded genocide (abortions).

THE PEOPLE SAID:

We want a smaller government.

We want less taxation.

We want less government regulations.

We want government to follow Americas rule of law.

We want Cap, trade and balance for the budget.

We want transparency in government.

We want government to secure our borders.

We want government to have a sound fiscal policy.

We want government to have a sound foreign policy.

Obama was unyielding…Obama said:

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The Truth about Texas Job Growth

Monday, August 29th, 2011
(Liberals, please go look up the definition of “truth” before proceeding)
Obama and his loony tune financial advisers seem to think that doing all things Keynesian will get the economy back on track.

rick-perry

We’d love to see a Rick Perry vs. Jerry Brown death match on the next UFC card.

It seems that Dallas Fed chief Richard Fisher has a different take on things and uses Texas as a shining example:

On Wednesday, Richard Fisher, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, gave a speech in which he separated “fact from fiction” about the record of job creation in Texas.

We can help but wonder whose fiction he was talking about?

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Problem Solver: Green Jobs

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The greatest idea in history: How to solve the budget, poverty, obesity  and energy problems simultaneously

We bow to the genius of Walter Russell Mead. In fact, this is one guy we wouldn’t mind seeing President Obama bow to.

Mead’s article at TheAmericanInterest.com explains that green jobs are complete nonsense or, if you prefer, complete B.S.:

The belief that green jobs would drive a new era of American prosperity was — like the large majority of green policy chat — intellectually incoherent. The goods that drive renewable energy industries, like so much else in this world, are far cheaper to construct in Asia. As the NYT piece describes, SolFocus, a widely-celebrated solar power company based, only has 90 employees at their San Jose headquarters. The solar panels are assembled in China. Whether a product is an ordinary t-shirt or an admirable piece of world saving green technology like a wind turbine has zilch, zero, nada influence on the mind of the manufacturer trying to decide where it should be made.

Get ready. Here comes the idea that’s destined to win Mead a shelf full of Nobels:

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Comparing OBAMA PROMISES with RESULTS

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

By BARBARA ESPINOSA

Promises..Promises…from the past…The President predicted he would create 15 million jobs with his policies, the stimulus would save 3.5 million jobs, economic recovery plan would create 2.5 million jobs, green energy economy would create 5 million jobs, Obamacare 4 million jobs, 2 million jobs with infrastructure spending. The granddaddy of all job creation “unemployment” would create 600,000 jobs.

These “Promises” and the uncontrolled spending since President Obama took office, America, has lost 2.37 Million Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 7.8 Percent To 9.1 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 8/23/11)
· Including 1.8 Million Private Sector Jobs, 1.02 Million Construction Jobs And 814,000 Manufacturing Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 8/23/11)

· The Average Duration Of Unemployment Has Increased From 19.9 Weeks To A Record 40.4 Weeks.(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 8/23/11)Since President Obama’s $831 Billion Stimulus Bill Passed, The Nation Has Lost 1.65 Million Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 8/23/11)

The Unemployment Rate Has Remained Above Eight Percent For A Record 30 Straight Months. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 8/23/11)

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