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The Good Guys v. the Bad Guys

My new entry in Roger Kimball’s Encounter Broadside series of political pamphlets is The People v. the Democratic Party, now available on Amazon — J’accuse!

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: I come not to praise the Accused but to bury him. For too long, he has afflicted our body Politic with vilenesses various, seducing our Youth and employing the Institutions of our Government against the People in a naked Quest for Power. For too long, the Enemy has skulked and lurked under cover of good Intentions, subverting the Principles of Self-Reliance, personal Industry, and limited Government in favor of an alien Ideology whose maleficent and baleful Presence continues to distress our Nation.

A decent respect to the opinions of mankind, therefore, demands this Indictment. The history of the present Democratic Party is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the several States. It is, in fact, a criminal Organization masquerading as a political Party. 

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

My essay, which runs about 6,000 words, lays out the frankly criminal history of the Democratic party, beginning with Tammany patriarch and national traitor Aaron Burr’s murder of one of the Founding Fathers (that would be Alexander Hamilton), continuing through the seditious Copperhead “peace” Democrats and their opposition to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War (the very first Republican president was, of course, murdered by a Democrat), and running right on through to the party’s shameful Tammany-inspired electoral chicanery and its co-option of the media by functionaries such as . . . well, Jake Lingle himself:

Today, following the lead of David Axelrod, the former Chicago Tribune reporter turned wealthy Democratic campaign consultant and adviser to President Obama, reporters play both sides of the street in the hopes of striking it rich. Like the fence Mr. Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera, they act “both against Rogues and for ’em.” With a little luck, they can hope to escape the demeaning drudgery of journalism and become the White House press secretary, the head of the Aspen Institute, or a deputy secretary of state.

In other words, they’ve all become Jake Lingle, the corrupt Tribune legman who made an illicit fortune covering the Capone mob for Colonel McCormick’s broadsheet while at the same time working for Scarface Al himself. One day in 1930, while crossing under Michigan Avenue on his way to the train and the racetrack down in Homewood, a gunman put a Colt Detective Special .38 – gangland’s weapon of choice – behind his ear and pulled the trigger. Jake died with his cigar still smoldering in his mouth, which ought to be a cautionary tale but hasn’t been.

Locked in an unholy ideological alliance with a criminal organization masquerading as a political party, the media  need not wonder how they – representing the American public, on whose behalf they’re supposed to operate – got here. All they need to do is keep doing it. Once the ends justify the means, anything goes.

The e-book edition (with links) comes out at the end of the month. Enjoy!

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.


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