Historian Walter Stahr can answer this one better than I can:
The Democrats of the late 1830s and early 1840s favored small government with a limited role. The United States Democratic Review declared itself in favor of “as little government as possible; that little emanating from, and controlled by, the people; and uniform in its application to all.” The Whigs, in the words of the leading historian of their party, “believed government must promote prosperity. Especially in hard times, the government must take positive action to stimulate economic recovery.” Whigs favored a national bank and state support for internal improvement projects, such as roads and canals, that would not only provide jobs but also lay the groundwork for future growth.
As you might know, many Whigs (including Lincoln) became Republicans after the Whig Party broke apart due to disagreements over the issue of slavery expansion. So, in sum, Abraham Lincoln ≠ George W. Bush.
[Nine-year-old Buffalo area girl] Anna Conte died Thursday due to complications from a seizure she suffered more than a week ago…
She suffered from Dravet syndrome, and her mother said they were considering moving to Colorado to get a liquid strain of marijuana that could help with the seizures.
New York passed a medical marijuana law last month that will make the drug available on a limited basis and not in smokeable form. It won’t be on the market for 18 months. —
Politics on the Hudson
It took Andrew Cuomo more than three years to legalize medical marijuana (via a bill riddled with serious flaws) and it’ll take another year and a half before patients can actually get it. It’s important to keep in mind that seriously ill people are living in a constant state of emergency. Their needs must be met immediately and cannot be subject to the squabbles and inner-workings of state governments. Maybe in the future politicians can concern themselves with the health of their constituents and not with their antiquated fear of the devil’s weed?
Former President George W. Bush was supposed to give a speech to Ameriprise Financial conference in Boston next week but had to bow out because he’s recovering from surgery on a bum knee. But the financial services firm was able to secure a prominent substitute speaker: Hillary Clinton. —
This convention serves as a nice microcosm of American politics. If you can’t get a lousy Republican to peddle nonsense, there’s always a lousy Democrat on standby.
New York, I’ve missed you. So beautiful.
The [three-fifths compromise] richly rewarded the southern states, artificially inflating their House seats and electoral votes and helping to explain why four of the first five presidents hailed from Virginia. This gross inequity was to play no small part in the eventual triumph of Jeffersonian Republicans over Hamiltonian Federalists. —
Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton
Kidnap people, separate them from their families, murder and rape some of them, then use them to preserve your own political power. This is the Jeffersonian way.
This is going to be a real test to see where policies are in the city now and whether the change that we feel has occurred, has occurred. —
Al Sharpton, at a Harlem rally demanding justice for Eric Garner, who was strangled to death while being placed in police custody.
Mayor de Blasio needs to bring the hammer down and control his errant police force, which is constantly being accused of misconduct and unnecessary arrests. One expects out-of-control cops under a conservative “law and order” administration led by mayors like Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani, but de Blasio specifically campaigned on reforming the horrid stop-and-frisk policy. Hopefully he has sense enough to understand that stop-and-frisk was not simply one bad policy but rather the symptom of a disease.
Remember, without the overt and enthusiastic support of our governments, there would be no way for the Israeli government to pay for such a massive military nor inflict violence on Palestinian civilians at any time with zero repercussions. How does your preferred candidate feel about no-strings support for the Israeli government? And what can you do to make sure you see future viable candiates who don’t feel the same way?
At sunset, the Israeli military begins to pound Gaza from the air, land and sea. Flares illuminate the northern and eastern parts of the Strip. The bombardment is continuous, the most intense of the 10 day assault. The Wafaa hospital in the east—that houses disabled patients—comes under heavy attack and is partially evacuated.
Then the news breaks. Israel has launched a ground invasion. They are coming in. The first time since the brutal 2008-2009 assault that left over 1,300 dead. The power goes out and Gaza is plunged into darkness as 1.8 million Palestinians brace for more violence. — Sharif Abdel Kouddous, doing some spectacular reporting for The Nation
[T]hose who defend war have invented a pleasant sounding vocabulary of abstractions in which to describe the process of mass murder. — Aldous Huxley
A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is. — George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Few, if any, other founding fathers opposed slavery more consistently or toiled harder to eradicate it than [Alexander] Hamilton— a fact that belies the historical stereotype that he cared only for the rich and privileged. — Ron Chernow
[A new study] shows that men and women who engage in more frequent heavy drinking occupy higher statuses within their friend groups. …it provides hard data to support what shows like Mad Men preach: Alcohol is a high achiever’s secret weapon. —
The Daily Beast