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Constitutional Thinking: Hidden key history

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I have been thinking about a subject that bothers me greatly. As a Republican for most of my life and now an independent, I wondered why Republicans usually put up a socialist for President. Most Republicans I know don’t admit to or claim to be socialists.

A good example is a letter Sally Atwater, widow of former Republican big-wig Lee Atwater sent out supporting Newt Gingrich in South Carolina. Below is a constitutionalist’s response to her letter:

“So Sally, you must love communists since Newt believes our constitution needs replacing, he doesn’t believe in private property rights and he voted in 1989 for the UN total and complete disarmament of America…not a very good record in Congress either I’m afraid. So stop sending me these outrageous lies. You just want to trade a black communist like Obama for a white communist like Newt.”

The Republican Party is doing everything is can do to keep constitutionalists that they can’t control from winning nominations for office. After some research, it appears that this strange behavior may have something to do with the origins of the party. This information may be shocking, but it needs to be known. 

One Republican Party website I checked says it was started by Alvin E. Bovay, a disgruntled Whig and abolitionist, at an informal meeting at a little white schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin, on March 20, 1854. The name Republican was supposedly chosen because it reminded people of Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. 

Bovay was head of the National Reform Association and Editor of Young American Newspaper, that wanted an American Empire through using American might to create a new world order. Sounds like a modern neo-con Republican.

If that isn’t bad enough, one researches says that Frederick Engels, co-author of the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, wrote is his book “Principles of Communism” that they (the communists) had formed common cause with the Bovay group. 

Horace Greeley, publisher of the New York Tribune, the largest Sunday paper in the US, also was VP of a communist group that started 50 communes around the country, one conveniently near Ripon, which became part of Ripon when it ended.

A local Republican Party leader in Wisconsin, Warren Chase, after coming to the state to start a commune, helped found Ripon College. The college website says he believed in “utopian socialism, spiritualism, women’s rights, and, most scandalously at the time, free love.” He would sure fit in as a National Republican leader today. Chase became a state senator. Bovay was also a Ripon trustee.

Bovay notified his friend Horace Greeley, who spread the word, and Greeley’s communist groups worked to build the party across the U.S. by bringing in outside people.  Most people didn’t realize what was going on.

There was a lot of agitation for war with the South because of the slavery issue, and many Southerners were worried at the time. This fear did play out during the campaign of the first Republican Presidential candidate, famous Western explorer and maverick, John C. Fremont in 1856. Freemont got 33 percent of the vote, but lost to Democrat James Buchanan according to Wikipedia, when “Democrats warned that his election would lead to war.” 

By the 1860 election a paramilitary group called “Wide Awake Republicans” had developed which wore uniforms, and 10,000 of them paraded in public in Chicago. Their insignia was crossed furled flags – one US flag, one French Revolutionary Tri-color, with an “all-seeing eye” in the center. They were to keep order and protect candidates.

Of course, in 1860, the Republican Party came to power when Abraham Lincoln was elected. War, as the South feared, followed in 1861. According to Wikipedia, many of the Republicans elected were former Whigs that called themselves “Radical Republicans” during the war. They were opposed by Lincoln and most other Republicans and Democrats alike during and after the war. 

The Radicals wanted harsh policies for the former Confederates during Reconstruction, and their members and heritage gave us the awful Fourteenth Amendment and Progressives (the nice word for socialists) like Teddy Roosevelt. Patrick Henry warned before the Constitution was ratified that “the president will lead in the treason.” 

That is now finally obvious to all with President Obama. Do “conservative” grassroots Republicans today want “radical” leaders or true constitutionalists? 

If Republicans are to be what they claim, party leadership needs a housecleaning. Conservative, which means nothing today, needs to come to mean Constitutional, unless the party really wants to be Socialist.

It appears that our socialist Republican and Democratic Party leadership want to finish off the Republic and the introduction of the Enemy Expatriation Act (HR3166/S1698), little different from the Nazi Nuremberg Laws, leads in that direction.

Correction: In a recent column I mistakenly listed Sigmund Freud doing experiments with dogs instead of Ivan Pavlov.

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