A choice between strychnine and hemlock

1872 Candidates

I am so frustrated that we don’t have the opportunity to vote Cruz for President. If you watch the video below you can’t help but feel that this man believes in what he is saying. What catches my attention most is his statement that he has spent a lifetime defending and upholding the Constitution.

Here is a true man of conviction. A real leader, someone who is willing to be reviled by both sides in order to do what is truly right, and the American public, it would seem, no longer has the moral fiber or clarity to recognize greatness when it sees it! Instead we are stuck with the choice of voting for the Republican skunk or the Democrat skunk. I will not vote for either one of the skunks.

This is a very interesting election. It is also a very frustrating and maddening election. But not an election without precedent. It seems we have traveled a very similar road in the past – way back in 1872.

1872 Election

In some ways the election of 1872 was even crazier than the election year we now find ourselves in. It seems a lot of Republicans had gotten fed up with the corruption and cronyism of the Grant administration and made a move to dump Grant. Sound familiar?

A quote from U.S. History.Org tells the story:

“Those determined to dump Grant created a party organization called the Liberal Republicans. They gathered in Cincinnati in May, and after much dissension and six ballots chose New York Tribune publisher Horace “Go West Young Man” Greeley — a sure loser — as its presidential candidate. Staunch Republicans would refer to the rebel group as “The Cincinnati Sore Heads”

History really does repeat in some warped ways. Just like the Republicans of 1872 many of us are fed up with government in general, and the Republican establishment in particular. Much like the Liberal Republicans in Cincinnati the present Republicans have chosen a sure loser in the person of Donald Trump. But, it doesn’t end there. In fact, it gets even weirder because that year the Democrats voted to endorse the Liberal Republican Greely as their candidate against Grant. So, much like today, instead of the situation we face where both candidates are basically Democrats, the choice then was between two Republicans.

The page goes on to state:

“One wit declared the Grant-Greeley contest was the choice between “hemlock and strychnine.” Another said the choice was between “a man with no ideas [Grant] and a man with too many ideas.”

That pretty well sums up how I feel about this election. The choice between Hillary or Trump is very much like the choice between strychnine and hemlock. Today Trump is the one with no ideas and Hillary clearly has way too many.

Things are going to be rough no matter who gets elected. But – and this is a big but – this nation WILL survive. We have been through waters more treacherous than the ones we are currently in. We have survived foreign invasions; the War of 1812, the Civil War, two world wars, the Great Depression, and apparently at least one other election as crazy – if not more so – than the current one. I think we will survive this one also. As they say, “this too shall pass.”

Gene O'Neill

I am a 57 year old conservative man living in the -"great flyover country" - that is the heart of these United States. I have worked in the oil fields of Wyoming, spent twenty years in manufacturing, and am currently employed in hardware retailing. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and-and in the words of Romans 1:16-... "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile" I am also the author of the blog...Today's Politics by Freedomlover,and can also be found on facebook at Boonecountyconservative. I am the father of four children, and have been happily married to the same woman for 39 years.

  1. I’ll be honest, I clicked on this post to read it, and after first couple of sentences was expecting something very different from what I got. Like the analogy and glimpse at history very much. Thank you!

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