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I had a startling epiphany watching TV tonight when I realized that Howard Dean and Linda Ronstadt have the same nose. Now, I don’t mean that they share A PHYSIONOMICAL SIMILARITY. No. I have studied the nose. It’s the same nose. They refrigerate it somewhere, and when one or the other needs it, they take turns checking it out. Epiphanies are supposed to be startling, or they wouldn’t be epiphanies.

What is with Nancy Pelosi shaking and trembling over the angry words being uttered? She complained that it reminded her of the angry words she heard uttered in the sixties and it ,,, it,,, it.. led to violence.

Yes indeed, there was violence in the late sixties and early seventies.. People like William Ayers of the Weather Underground and others of his ilk were making pipe bombs. People were injured and in some cases killed by activities of groups like this. But this wasn’t because people spoke their minds, even in angry words. I have a revelation for people such as our speaker: This country was built upon people yelling angry words at each other. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton disagreed fiercely on the role of the Federal Government. Hamilton tried, in a diabolical fashion, to have Washington sidestep Jefferson (the Secretary of State) in all matters of state that involved relations with the British, and then the French Government. That’s interesting, because that was Jefferson’s job.

The anger didn’t stop there. The members of the First Continental Congress disagreed fiercely over the role of slavery in the future Republic. Some felt it should be left alone, fearing that an attempt at eliminating slavery would endanger the newly born nation. Others believed in immediate manumission, like Washington, who freed all of the slaves he himself owned.

Others, like Franklin, near the end of his life, heaped kerosene upon the flames of the slavery discussion by making pronouncements against it in the press, pronouncements meant to shame the then Congress of the time. He was shunned up to the moment of his death by the members of the Senate and House in the nation he had helped to give rise to. The vitriol in the press was every bit as fierce as what we see today at tea parties and town hall meetings. Yes, some health care supporters did bludgeon a black man who opposed Obama’s Health Care, but then, Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel, a duel that found its origins in their political; differences.
Yes, a Health – Care aficionado and supporter did bite the ear off of an individual expressing his concerns and dismay with what Congress was trying to foist on the American people, but then, don’t forget the caning of Senator Charles Sumner by Preston Brooks pursuant to an angry speech Sumner delivered on the senate floor, pointing out several states as –particularly evil, and several Senators of those states as willing participants in the evil. Brooks, the nephew of Senator Butler of South Carolina, who was one of the objects of Sumner’s fierce rhetoric, felt it necessary to defend his sick uncle. He caned Sumner, and not with bamboo. This act was really the exclamation point following months of angry rhetoric in Congress over the slavery issue.

So you see, it’s really just history repeating itself:
An abolitionist gets too angry and free with his speech, a pro-slavery person bludgeons him, an anti-abortion individual skeptical of the role of Obama’s health care, gets a tad too vocal, and a pro Federal Government Health Care individual bites off his ear.

And don’t forget, it was the wish of the founding fathers, at the very signing of the Declaration of Independence, that the day of Independence (which they believed would be regarded as July 2nd), should be celebrated with loud noises and bands, and fireworks, and loud cymbal crashes. But, shhhhhh… around the Current House of Representatives… we don’t want to startle anyone.

-Juan Zapatero
Copyright 2009 Juan Zapatero

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