In the latest in a series of 48-page broadsides from Encounter Books, writer Michael Walsh puts the Democratic Party on trial and presents the case for abolishing what is nothing more than “a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.”
Michael Walsh is an American Book Award-winning novelist, music critic, screenwriter, and media critic. Formerly the editor of Andrew Breitbart’s BigJournalism.com, he writes political commentary for the New York Post and also for the National Review under both his own name and that of his alter ego David Kahane, whose Rules for Radical Conservatives: Beating the Left at its Own Game to Take Back America is a must-read guide for waging political warfare. Now Walsh brings his erudition, humor, and political killer instinct to his Encounter pamphlet, The People v. The Democratic Party.
Not one to urge Republicans to reach across the political aisle in search of compromise, Walsh begins by pulling no punches in his condemnation of those on the other side of that aisle. “From the inception of the Republic,” he writes, “the Democratic Party has been a public enemy – an organization antithetical to our nation’s traditions, civic virtues, and moral values.” In fact, “the party of slavery, segregation, secularism, and sedition has always been in the forefront of everything inimical to the United States of America.”
He proceeds to sketch the history of the Democratic Party by noting that one of its founders and its first vice-president, Aaron Burr Jr., shot and killed one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel and plotted sedition against his own president: “If one man besides George Washington can be said to have set the American experiment on its future course – in this case not for good but for ill – that man is Burr.” The duel embodied the struggle between the Federalists and the Democrats, and a two-party conflict has been waged ever since. Burr went on to lead Tammany Hall, a New York City political organization which became the iconic standard of big-city corruption and of politics as special-interest factionalism and legalized bribery.
Walsh moves on to a brief discussion of the Civil War, during which it was the Democratic Party that was “on the wrong side of history” (as the left always likes to accuse Republicans of being). They denounced the Republican President Lincoln as a tyrant and advocated a settlement with the South. Lincoln was later assassinated by a Democrat, John Wilkes Booth.
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