The Daily Dose – February 2, 2017
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
GAYLON FOR CONGRESS…VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN: One interesting aspect of the Trump Administration is the effect it will have on the future of the Republican Party.
It was also an interesting aspect of his candidacy. At first, we thought a Trump loss would spell the end of the GOP. Now, though, Trump’s victory might well spell the end of the Party of Lincoln.
Please Stand By: Maybe not today or next week. But it’s hard to believe there won’t come a time when some in the GOP won’t say enough, fear and ignorance are not what our country or our party are about and bolt.
Dry, Technical Matter: The Republican Party was founded in 1854, after the Whig Party dissolved. It came to power in 1860, when it took control of both houses of Congress and Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Donald Trump is the 19th Republican president.
Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: Plot Lincoln and Trump on a graph and you have a line going straight down.
Great Moments In Trump: President Trump got Black History Month off to a rousing start by speaking of Fredrick Douglass as still being alive.
More Dry, Technical Matter: FredericDouglassss was an American slave who escaped to freedom. He has been quoted here from time to time, and his Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave is one hell of a book. Douglass died in 1895, well before Trump took office.
Back On Message: Yeah, we know about the Libertarian Party. We’ve run for both the United States Senate and the United States House under their banner. Without exception, every Libertarian wants good things for our country.
Our country, however, has always been indifferent to the LP. We’ve never been entirely sure why. I have found there is a bit of libertarian in all of us and, as we like to say, it’s difficult to argue with us on the issues because we’re right.
Part of the reason is this has always been a two-party country, even back before the founding of this republic, when there really weren’t political parties. Third parties have never made a long-term dent in the American landscape.
Another is human nature. It is human nature to stick with what’s familiar and the Republicans and the Democrats are nothing if not familiar. If good men with big names like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson could not get the LP in the game, it’s unlikely the LP will become anything more than it is now.
The Bottom Line: So we’ll see. Trump has not only divided the country he is dividing his party, and the damage might get so bad it can’t be repaired and there might be another party with some powerful names on the ballot for the 2018 midterms.
GREAT MOMENTS IN NEW YORK CITY: New York City, then known as New Amsterdam, is incorporated on this date in 1653. It would become New York City in 1664.
Aichiwawa: The Mexican-American War ends on this date in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in what is now a part of Mexico City. The United States won and took over half of Mexico’s pre-war territory, which included all or parts of ten current American states. Mexican citizens in the conceded area were given one year to choose to stay and accept American citizenship or return to Mexico.
Play Ball: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs is formed in New York City on this date in 1876. It would begin play in April with teams in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Hartford, Louisville, St Louis and Cincinnati.
The National League is still in operation, of course, and is the world’s oldest professional sports league.
Oh Yeah: The Chicago Cubs, then known as the White Stockings, and the Atlanta Braves, then known as the Boston Red Stockings, are the only original teams still in the league. Though the NL has teams in New York, Cincinnati, St Louis, and Philadelphia, the original teams folded and new franchises joined the league.
Thought For The Day: They tell us, sir, that we are weak…But when shall we be stronger?…Will it be when we are totally disarmed?…We are not weak, if we make proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. – Patrick Henry, Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death speech to the Virginia legislature, 3/23/1775
Answer To The Last Trivia Question: There! I’ve Said It Again By Bobby Vinton was number one the week before I Want To Hold Your Hand.
Today’s Stumper: What is the second oldest professional baseball league in the United States? – Answer next time!