Local columnist Tom Eblen should move to the editorial department. Certainly, his opinion that “Lincoln wouldn’t recognize the party of Trump” did not belong on the July 24 Bluegrass page.
Andrew Jackson, the first Democratic president, who is remembered for the Trail of Tears, also would not recognize the party of Clinton.
The Democratic Party started as a states’ rights party opposed to the Federalist party, which stood for a strong centralized government. The Democratic Party historically maintained this stance, including the attempt to dissolve the Union by starting the Civil War in 1861. This is a far cry from the Democratic Party of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who want our lives to be totally controlled by Washington bureaucrats.
What Eblen and other more qualified political pundits don’t seem to realize is that the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump indicates that the American people are tired of politics as usual. The Democratic establishment quashed Sanders, but the Republican establishment was not so successful in putting down Trump.
He may not be the typical likeable professional politician, but he says things a lot of people seem to agree with. It’s a poor choice between the two, but it will be interesting to see what happens this fall.