Friend of the Gormogons Michael Walsh has written a treatise you may have seen advertised called The People v. The Democratic Party.
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This 45-page treatise can be easily read in one sitting, or two if you’re like the Czar and needed to flip the meat on the grille. Walsh provides the voice of the Prosecutor, explaining his charges before a jury ready to weigh in on the evidence. Literally: the book is presented as the opening argument in a case. Hokey? Not at all—it pulls the reader straight in and spells out the situation in a spell-binding way that leads us to believe Mr. Walsh may indeed be quite talented. This previous sentence is of course a cheap gag, because Mr. Walsh is a long-time friend of this crew, and does a nice job promoting us on Twitter, which we add, not all of you do.
Where were we. The book begins with the premise that the Democratic party was effectively founded in an act of crime—the murder of Alexander Hamilton by Aaron Burr, and how this links to the founding of Tammany Hall, the eventual spoils system of Andrew Jackson, and so on down the line to today’s party. Along the way, Walsh covers the Democrats’ presistent racism to maintain or acquire power, financial entanglements, manipulation of the media, and more, while showing the continuing pattern that repeats every generation.
The Czar was there for all of it, of course, but appreciates Mr. Walsh’s explanation that this has followed a pattern of twisting the truth and shape-shifing to sucker in more people. And while he explains that today’s Democrats are a twisted, perverted mutant of the historical Golden Age Democrats (and for whom Walsh lists many good accomplishments), but still follow the same patterns learned all those years ago in Tammany Hall.
The point is that the Democrats have not changed in two-hundred years, even though they alter their shape: their shift from pro-slavery to forcing blacks to live on government programs seems like a 180° irony but is no different than the virulent anti-Communist Democrats of the past suddenly embracing radical socialism today: find out where a group is disenfranchised with Republicans, promise them whatever they want in exchange for a vote, and then backstab them once elected. This logic seems tortuous as the Czar puts it here, but Mr. Walsh guides you through it expertly.
Criticism? Well, really, only one. In the conclusion, Mr. Walsh elects to quote a stanza from Milton’s Paradise Lost, which we confess was like hitting a speed bump hidden around a highway curve. The stanza is clever, and underlines a point, but struck us as a strange distraction from the fast-moving text of the rest of the book. A line or two would have sufficed, but a dozen lines of blank verse iambic pentameter is a thwack in the face. We might have edited that out entirely.
So if you can live with that—and you’re gonna have to, because the book’s in print—this book is a superb and swift read.
For whom does the Czar recommend this book? If you are fairly new to politics, or want to learn more about suppressed history, this book is a gem. Inexpensive, too—and did we mention owning it is a click away? This is the sort of stuff that a lot of people would prefer you not read; so even if you already know the sordid history of the number 2 party, you will enjoy Mr. Walsh’s infrastructure thoroughly, as we did.
Also, if you’re a Democrat, you ought to read this book. We didn’t mention it above, but a small portion of this book strongly suggests that the Democrats need to go. This is not a mere partisan challenge; rather, like the Tea Party has begun a serious and increasingly successful reformation of the Republican party, it might be time for Democrats to start a similar reformation of their own.