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Inherited Stupidity

July 13th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Yes, idiocy can be hereditary :

Which books have most influenced your political philosophy?
“I’m a huge fan of Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the modern-day Democratic Party. He’s probably the greatest figure in American history.

The least you can expect from a congressman is an elementary understanding of his own party’s history, something Mr. Carnahan fails to display.

Andrew Jackson was the founder of the “modern-day Democratic party.” Jefferson’s party, founded on limited government, was called The Republican party which went on to be named the Democratic-Republicans. Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonians broke away from the Democratic Republicans and began to call themselves “Democrats.”

Thomas Jefferson was not a modern-day Democrat in name or theory. In name, the Democrats would be better off claiming Jefferson Davis, Democrat president of the pro-slavery south. In theory the Democrats would be better off claiming George Jefferson because of the ghetto misinformed rank and file in their party.

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  • 1 Jim Durbin // Jul 13, 2007 at 10:44 am

    I’m guessing he doesn’t like the primacy of the yeoman farmer.

  • 2 Sam Hodge // Jul 13, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    I think the author’s assertion that Congressman Carnahan needs a history lesson is grossly misguided. The modern day Democratic Party has its roots in the Democratic-Republicans. Jefferson’s party had many names before it adopted the title “Democratic Republicans.” All of them conveyed the same meaning and ideals. Party members called themselves “Jeffersonians”, “Republicans” and “Democrats.” Andrew Jackson ran for President in 1824 as a Democratic Republican. Jackson, an unbelievably influential President, and the crises of the times led to a political realignment in American. Most historians would agree that Jefferson’s party is the foundation of modern Democratic thought. Jackson was heavily influenced by Jefferson. The political realignment under Jackson looks more like the modern-day Democratic Party, but to place our modern day politics into the past is a fruitless venture and any attempt to do so would be highly suspect. Acknowledging the historical roots and documenting the evolution of thought, values and ideals of a political party is an exercise of political intelligence.

    You’re most recent blog post about Russ Carnahan is woefully unintelligent. The Democratic Party is neither the party of Jefferson Davis or George Jefferson. We’re the party of FDR, Johnson and Clinton.

    And more to the point what’s so idiotic about being a “huge fan” of one of the most influential figures in American history? There isn’t. Perhaps you should spend more time writing about the problems facing everyday Missourians and less time engaging in shallow, pointless political rhetoric.

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