Rubbish: After all the events of the last week or so, I wonder whether President Trump could switch his party affiliation to Independent. Wouldn’t that be a hoot!
Pu: I would love that. It’d destroy the GOP in one sentence!
Rubbish: Yep. Add in a sprinkling of “and I’m thinking about organizing my own party called the POT (Party of Trump)” and that would suck all the air out of things for a bit!!
Pu: All it needs is a great slogan like a “chicken in every pot”!
Rubbish: I think we need to be a little more progressive. How about “pot in every chicken”?
Pu: Gawd! Can you imagine the media meltdown?
Rubbish: It would be a beautiful thing. Actually, from a branding perspective, just call in MAGA. That would also get everyone saying that’s what he intended all along; which, for all I know, maybe he did!
Pu: Very true. Everyone already knows what MAGA means and there’s already great merch!
Rubbish: I’m pretty sure a number of candidates would start appearing in primaries. It could be life changing in a political sense.
Pu: Certainly so. Like Lincoln starting the GOP.
Rubbish: I actually didn’t know that.
Pu: It’s a bit more complicated than that so I’ll explain. The Republican Party was formed to fight the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854. This created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and was drafted by Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois and Democratic President Franklin Pierce. The bill left it up to Kansas and Nebraska to determine whether they wished to allow slavery. Settlers from both sides swarmed into the area to try to make sure their side won the vote. There were a number of violent skirmishes that were known as “Bleeding Kansas.”
Rubbish: So where did Lincoln fit in?
Pu: In 1858 there were the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. These were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, and incumbent Democratic Senator Stephen Douglas. Lincoln expertly argued the immorality of slavery while Douglas argued it was essentially a states’ rights issue. The debates propelled both the Republican Party and Abraham Lincoln into the national spotlight and ultimately to the presidency two years later. And, of course, set the stage for the Civil War.
Rubbish: Donald Trump as Abraham Lincoln. That’s going to take a bit to sink in!
Pu: Here’s an Abraham Lincoln quote to end with. “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.”