Originally Posted by jcat
The problem is that I wasn't around back then - I merely remember the 1960s, 70s, etc.. I imagine that most Americans were pretty ill-informed in the late 18th/early 19th centuries, so most political controversies were centered in the "big" cities.
Actually, politics at the start of the country were on a much more personal level, something close to what Alaska is today. It was likely you knew your representatives, and if you had a beef with them, it was likely to come out in public.
You know the rule about always referring to your opponents in the Senate as "my good friend" or "the honorable Senator from ... ?" That's because early in its history, it became clear that unfettered speech could lead to violence, the worst example of which was the caning of Senator Sumner by Representave Brooks in 1856.http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/...les_Sumner.htm
And the 60's were no picnic, either. You may not remember the "Checkers" speech, or the theft of the 1960 election by Daly and Johnson. But it was all there.
Politics often bring out the worst in people. Just look at this forum. At our hot rod forum, we finally had to ban all politics and religion.
The thing is, any two of us, both well-educated, knowledgeable about world events, understanding of economic principles, can support completely different candidates. Does that make either one of us wrong? Someone here said they would never date a Republican. How is that bias fair? I mean, James Carville is married to Mary Matalin; how could you get two more different views on a matter? Andrea Mitchell is married to Alan Greenspan; again, very different world views.
Read through any of the critical posts here, and substitute "Hillary Clinton" for "Sara Palin." See how different you feel about that. Substitute "Bill Clinton" for "Barack Obama." I'm interested in facts. Don't give me this, "My guy good, your guy bad" routine, because it just doesn't cut it with me. That's why, although I get partisan e-mails from friends on both sides, I delete them all. Except for the ones I send the refuting snopes article to.