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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes We Can--A New Role

Having surveyed the damage done to Republicanism—both last night and over the past five years—a role in dissent seems the likely place for me, and if I may speak counterpart, and this blog. Having voted and subsequently lost, it is not my prerogative to make the next four to eight years miserable for the ruling party. If this was a coalition government, in parliamentary style, I can only predict that after four scathing yeas of opposition, a vote of no confidence would be cast and the tide of this new Liberal wave would be broken.

However, this is America, and we have no such luck. However, my initial message is to take heart. As opposition leaders and the dissenting minority, we are following in the footsteps of great men from as far back as 4000 BC. Here are just a few famous dissenters:

  • Moses against Pharaoh
  • Brutus against Caesar
  • Savonarola against Catholicism
  • Galileo against Catholicism
  • Martin Luther against Catholicism
  • Lord Bolingbroke against Walpole
  • The Founding Fathers against England
  • Jefferson against Adams
  • Calhoun against Clay
  • Radical Republicans against Johnson
  • Disraeli against Gladstone
  • Roosevelt against Wilson
  • Berkley against FDR
  • Churchill against Chamberlin (Post-WWI)
  • Churchill against Chamberlin (Post-WWII)
  • Goldwater against the Christian Right
  • The Christian Right against everything

And the list goes on…

So we join the ranks of dissent!

1 comment:

Scott Manning said...

The Churchill references are off. Churchill's "dissent" against Neville Chamberlain was more pre-World War II than anything. Chamberlain did not become Prime Minister until 1937. While Churchill began to openly criticize Chamberlain, the criticism stopped in 1939 when Chamberlain started handing out war guarantees to Eastern European countries.

When World War II started, Churchill served in Chamberlain's cabinet. When Churchill became Prime Minister, Chamberlain served in Churchill's cabinet. In 1945, Chamberlain died.

I think a more accurate bullet point would be "Churchill against his own party (Pre-WWII)".