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 Wednesday April 6th 2016Tim Candler9


      In the US Primary Elections what we've got is basically four candidates for the Office of President. Two are hoping to lead the Republican Party, two are hoping to lead the Democratic Party, and I'm quite sure that like most people who enter politics all four are just a little bit nuts. Oddly the Democratic Party has it's origins in the Democratic-Republican Party which was Thomas Jefferson's brain child. Jefferson was a Founding Father, no girls involved, he was the Second Us Vice President and to give you an idea of him in his long political career he was a US representative in Paris during the Storming of the Bastille, he was a slave owner from Virginia and in the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Jefferson wrote "All men are created equal." 



      The Republican Party, The Party of Lincoln, was founded primarily by Northerners, pissed off members of the Democratic-Republican Party, Whig type business liberals, anti-slavery activists and what were called Free-Soilers who in many ways as I understand it, where kind of Dignity of Labor people rather than great admirers of Capital. Free Soilers reckoned slavery was inefficient and therefore wrong. Free Soilers had much to do with the post civil war Homestead Act, which was designed to grant land to people at little or no cost and so long as they hadn't taken up arms against the US Government, anyone was eligible including women, black people and immigrants. Never really accepted the US Exceptionalism argument, but I do know what a Carousel is.



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