One-Liner Wednesday —The Know Nothings

Before I offer my One-Liner Wednesday quote for today, I need to provide a little context. In the most recent issue of The Week magazine, Editor-in-Chief William Falk wrote:

America needs two viable, sane political parties. Parties provide voters with a coherent choice of governing philosophies, and galvanize people to unite behind an agenda and candidates … When parties become enamored with unpopular and foolish ideas, they can die: The Federalists, the Whigs, and the Know Nothings all once flourished and then perished.

Falk ended his editorial with this line:

“The Republican Party can be revived, but it must first turn back from the Know Nothing path it’s on now, which leads to Knowhere.”

If you want to know more about the Know Nothing Party, you might want to read this article.

8 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday —The Know Nothings

  1. Susan St.Pierre February 24, 2021 / 8:13 am

    Seems to me, people who ‘know nothing ‘ are frequently the most certain about what they know. 😉

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    • Fandango February 24, 2021 / 11:49 am

      That often does seem to be the case.


  2. Marleen February 25, 2021 / 8:19 am

    I tend to believe we’d be better off with more than two parties and not just the two caucuses in the legislatures. As for the Republicans, they were messed up before Trump… yet they have gotten even worse. When the Democrats have come over to meet you on some policies (corporatism and pleasing the rich), you feel like you can and should become ever more reactionary to distinctivize yourself and really get more of what you want deep down inside; whether or not this had to be a given, it is what has happened here. Plus, in my estimation, all thoughts and issues don’t come down to two sides; two is a hindrance to evaluation.

    All topics supposedly fitting philosophically into two camps can seem random or incoherent as well as actually function in service of chaos, confusion, and distraction. I think we would do best to focus on the kind of fair country we used to think we were functioning in or working toward. Subject matter is, or so far has been, pulled along as if a big priority of the main interests at the top of Conservatism. Meanwhile, I don’t know how we who don’t want to get behind the primary goals of the Republicans — protectionism of extreme wealth to the detriment of most people — are supposed to cheer for getting that party up and running.

    How one conservative clan got to the Capitol

    From the American Legion to alleged insurrection:
    The story of American conservatism as told through
    four generations of L. Brent Bozells.

    Feb. 18, 2021

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    • Marleen February 26, 2021 / 11:50 pm

      How Republicans are using ‘The Big Lie’ to push racist voter suppression

      “They knew Donald Trump didn’t win the state of Georgia. But [Republicans] knew if they created enough doubt, manufactured enough of a ‘crisis,’ then they could introduce all of these laws in response to that ‘crisis’ that would fit their political goals,” … GOP voter suppression efforts in Georgia and other states.
      February 22, 2021

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    • Marleen February 27, 2021 / 11:03 am

      GOP bill could give Arizona Legislature power to overturn election results

      Arizona’s legislature is considering 19 bills that would restrict voting rights – more than any other state. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the latest Republican efforts to prevent people from voting.
      Feb. 26, 2021

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    • Marleen March 7, 2021 / 2:28 pm
      Biden marks [56th anniversary] by signing executive order on voting rights

      Under the Trump administration, however, some federal agencies refused to share the data that would allow states to automatically register voters … Biden’s executive order instructs federal agencies to relax that policy.

      And it establishes a steering group on Native American voting rights tasked with producing recommendations by next year on expanding voter outreach and turnout among Native American communities.





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