you want low points in american history?
how about the morning after the pearl harbor attack, and the several years afterward in which america and britain suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of the germans and the japanese, all over the world. democracy and the west bitterly persevered in the face of daunting odds, and americans tenaciously fought and died in order to gain the footholds from which victory emerged.
those were dark days.
the economic depression of the late 20's and 30's were times to test america's faith in its prospects. and, the days of the john kennedy and martin luther king assassinations were no sunday days at the beach. this country has been through lynchings and race riots, and days of the brutal suppression of labor's rights to organize, enforced through machine guns and the national guard.
and, we can almost look back fondly at those days when offending editors and reporters were beaten in the streets, and offices and press room were destroyed and set fire. it was not uncommon for an editor espousing unpopular views to be summarily tarred and feathered, and run out of town on a rail. have you ever thought of what it would be like to have hot tar poured all over you, and chicken feathers added to the mess for good measure.
politics has never been a game for the meek in this country, and rhetoric of the most incendiary sorts has always boiled below the surface, reflecting serious schisms in american society. do you know that supporters of the john l. lewis attempts to unionize coal mine workers erupted in one of the largest battles on the north american continent, after a pro union sherriff was assassinated by mine owner's goons walking unarmed w/ his wife into a local southern courthouse? go ahead, name the county, the year, and the location of the battle.
never heard about it? look it up.
alexander hamilton was not the only american politician ever killed in a duel in america, when aaron burr shot him to death on the jersey shore, where dueling was still legal. have you ever heard of john mosby, known as the grey ghost for his exploits at guerrilla war in the virginia swamps? as a college student, mosby was tried and convicted for the shooting death of a fellow college student, over politics if i remember correctly. he led southern troops during the civil war. after the war, he announced simply that the north had won, and it was time to get on with life and put it behind. he served in the united states senate, as a republican, and served in the republican justice department, no doubt enforcing reconstruction politics and "law." (you think loretta lynch isn't the first partisan lawyer to draw partisan breath? do you think john mosby was hated in the south? well, how did he get "elected" then? you haven't a clue, have you?)
have you ever heard of andersonville? do you remember dwight eisenhower federalizing national guard troops and moving them onto the campus at little rock, arkansas to enforce civil rights legislation? no, of course you don't, because you are an american who is ignorant to the bone of your own contemporary social history, the better for you to swallow leftist nostrums. (let's face it, from a standpoint of basic literacy, you are quite ignorant. just a fact. and, a result of a lot of effort on the part of the left to make you that way. quickly now, what was "jim crow"? who enforced it, and where?)
no, american politics is no where close to being at a low ebb. it may not be as decorous as the conflict between dwight eisenhower and adlai stevenson.*** but, it is no means as rancorous and contentious as the politics between burr and hamilton. i did not see either clinto or trump reach to their respective girths for the rapier, or proffer dueling pistols, ... , your choice.
no, this is a relatively tame epoch. and, megan kelley can go eat rocks, sans salt.
but, i can tell you this. if the left keeps pressing the issue, and keeps attacking traditional values, and keeps poking its nose into the life of the family, then it is going to get decidedly less tame.
and, if hillary is elected, and goes after gun ownership and rights, then we move decidedly closer to rebellion and civil war. you haven't seen anything yet. if you truly want to see a low ebb, you may just get your wish. in spades.
john jay @ 10.10.2016
*** stevenson once said, "i will make a bargain with the republicans. if they will stop telling lies about democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." pretty catchy, and not just a little witty. the democrat bastard.