Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Republicans Denounced as "Lizards" (in 2015), as "Reptiles" (in 2010), and as "Reptiles" (in… 1860!)

First, James Carville calls Republicans reptiles, now New York Magazine’s Annie Lowrey says that she wants GOP presidential candidates to “unleash their lizard brains” during the debates.

Her full comment is even worse, writes Elizabeth Price Foley:
Even in terms of getting a better bread and circus type ludicrous production, which as a journalist is all that I care about, I just want chaos, anarchy, racist comments, sexist comments, I want, I want the worst of these people, I want them to, like, unleash their lizard brains.
This is something altogether new, you believe?

Do you really believe the Democrats' (self-serving) belief that the Democrat and the Republican parties have switched sides from the mid-19th century and today?

Time to bring out the main character from The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln. Turns out that not much has changed from a century and a half ago, specifically when Honest Abe spoke at the Cooper Union in February 1860 (over 150 years ago), in an attempt to address the Republicans' castigators:
…when you speak of us Republicans, you do so only to denounce us as reptiles [!], or, at the best, as no better than outlaws. You will grant a hearing to pirates or murderers, but nothing like it to [Republicans]. In all your contentions with one another, each of you deems an unconditional condemnation of [Republicanism] as the first thing to be attended to. Indeed, such condemnation of us seems to be an indispensable prerequisite — license, so to speak — among you to be admitted or permitted to speak at all. Now, can you, or not, be prevailed upon to pause and to consider whether this is quite just to us, or even to yourselves? Bring forward your charges and specifications, and then be patient long enough to hear us deny or justify.

Related: Wondering Why Slavery Persisted for Almost 75 Years After the Founding of the USA? According to Lincoln, the Democrat Party's "Principled" Opposition to "Hate Speech"