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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

Updated on April 1, 2019
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A speech I grew up with was President Lincoln's "house divided". Having learned how far back it goes. Sad that we haven't learned from it.

President Abraham Lincoln, Civil War
President Abraham Lincoln, Civil War
John Dickinson, Revolutionary War
John Dickinson, Revolutionary War

"A house divided against itself cannot stand"

For most of us, we were taught about "the House Divided" speech from President Abraham Lincoln. Given in 1858 from Springfield, Ill. while in school.

His speech was meant to instill in the people that the government could not continue with it's divisiveness. In order for it to work we must all become one. And either we would make it work or our government would fail.

However, in Boston, 1768, John Dickinson wrote a pre-Revolutionary War song called the "The Liberty Song" in which a line of the song says, by unity we stand, by dividing we fall". John Dickinson was in his own way one of the founding fathers, he wanted independence from Great Britain, but he had property and wealth and didn't want to lose it. He wanted to work with Great Britain, not go to war with them. In the end he refused to sign the Declaration of Independence.

The phrase "A house divided against itself cannot stand" actually goes further back in time than that.

In the Gospel of Mark 3:25, the bible says from Jesus, "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

We as human beings have apparently always been at odds, but have managed to overcome our differences to become united again.

In the year 2019, we have come to that point again, our house is extremely divided and if we cannot unite it then will most surely fall.

United as One

We were once a country strong and true. We could agree to disagree and move forward with compromise. To say we were perfect would be a lie, but to say that we usually worked together for what was best for the country and its people, that I think is true.

It didn't matter what your party affiliation was, you could still have discussions and leave as friends with different views.

America was founded in diversity. Immigrants from all over the world came to America, to live the American dream. Each with their own skills to help make America the great country it became. We as American's worked together to abolish slavery, we worked together to give the women the right to vote, we worked together to overcome some of the hardest things that came our way. Why? Because we put our country first.

Then came the great divide

What is the Tea Party and where did it come from?

As early as 2003, the Koch Brothers helped co-found an organization called Americans for Prosperity. It was a conservative organization that worked to divide America even back then. From this organization sprang up other conservative groups, but the one that got quite a pit of notoriety was the Tea Party. These groups avoided the "traditional" conservative social issues.

When the Tea Party began, it was a group of conservatives that vowed to fight for smaller government and fiscal responsibility, individual freedoms and up hold what they referred to as a "conservative" view of the the U.S. Constitution. It quickly began to lean to the extreme right.

The problem that the Tea Party found was that they had many groups and no central leadership leaving each to their own agendas that sometime conflicted with each other.

February 2010, the Tea Party held it's first ever convention. Their guest speakers, Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, to name a few were nothing more than viral agitators. They spoke to incite anger and fear, their speeches misleading and less than factual. What Donald Trump would call "fake news". At this point, the party went extremely to the right.

They called themselves the Tea Party, had their own convention and own rules; why didn't they establish their own party? The Tea Party continued to run and support members of their party against Republicans running on the ticket that were long known and established members of the Republican Party.

Yet, the Republican Party continued to let them run on their ticket. Why? As more and more Tea Party candidates were being elected over traditional Republicans, it was creating dissension among party members. Former head of the RNC, Michael Steele said they needed to support these candidates, Jim Demint was forced by party heads to pay out of his campaign coffers for Tea Party candidates support for openly supporting and pushing for their acceptance.

John Boehner let his sentiment be known to the GOP when speaking about the Tea Party. He said some GOP members wanted to co-op the parties, but John Boehner preferred to walk among them and listen to them, but not include them.

The Tea Party Movement

Electing America's first black president

In 2008, as the country was coming to a crash as the markets were dropping and we were in a downward spiral. American's voted for the first black American President, Barack Obama.

His election, was great for the country, he pulled America out of the spiral and began to stabilize our country financially, job growth, etc. However, the racist in America began to show their true colors. A multitude of horrific memes and comments become the norm on social media, even news shows pushed the racism to an extreme.

Americans began to argue over who was more patriotic than the other. They began to question birthright citizenship and so much more. We began to lose our Christian and moral ways.

Americans even talked about secession. "We can go it alone". Only, we didn't. We endured and overcame. Until the election of 2016. When a television personality took front and center of the Republican Party. The media ate it up, and his base grew stronger and more racists came out of the woodwork.

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

Secession anyone?

California threatens to secede.
California threatens to secede.
Texas gets serious about seceding.
Texas gets serious about seceding.

Followers of the Constitution and Patriots

Since 2008, when Obama was sworn in, the Republican's began wrapping themselves in the American flag, calling themselves patriots and saviors of the Constitution. While, this is all within their "constitutional" right; it lead the Republicans into a path that at most times contradicted with their party politics, even creating erratic behavior.

Why did they choose to lead by fear, rather than lead by results? Because their agenda became, WIN at any cost. They had one wedge issue after another that they have jumped on.

  • First, they used all the power within their means to include distractions to fight Health Care Reform and while they fought against the reform, they didn't offer any of their own solutions or ideas. They spent the entire time looking for and pointing out, what they saw, as bad policies in the reform effort using lies and scare tactics to divide Americans.
  • When those efforts failed, they went after the large Hispanic population, with the Immigration attacks. Which turned out to be unpopular among many Americans and quickly showed America and the world how racist Americans really can be.
  • As this issue was hot and heavy; they were also fighting against Financial Reform, blocking the Jobs Bill. And while crying out about the deficit, they were quietly asking for Government assistance for their states.

The Republicans proposed 42 amendments to the Constitution they believe in

Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat by defending the Constitution, then decided it needed changing, he wanted to get rid of birthright citizenship, federal income taxes and implement the castration of child rapists.

Republicans are not alone, but the difference is that the Democrats proposed twenty seven amendments of their own, most by Jesse Jackson of Illinois; asking for new rights to quality housing and education.

  1. The Republicans proposed about 42 amendments in the current Congress of the time; such as the now famous repeal of the 14th Amendment's birthright citizenship,
  2. restrict the president's ability to sign international treaties,
  3. repeal Congress' power to regulate the economy,
  4. repeal Congress' power to spend money,
  5. repeal the equal protection of the laws,
  6. repeal fundamental rights
  7. repeal the 17th Amendment which requires direct election of senators.

When Broun was questioned on his contradiction, he said "it's not picking and choosing", basically that it's (THE CONSTITUTION) that just needs tweaking.

Is that not picking and choosing?

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Trump's divisive rally's and lies continue

Fast forward to 2019

In 2016, Trump and all his glory, exaggerations and lack for telling the truth took over the Republican Party. His goal, to repeal anything that Obama signed into law during his presidency. To change the laws so that the rich, like himself could become richer and the poor and middle class could pay for it all.

However, the main objective was to divide America. Trump supports white supremacy every time he chooses not to hold them accountable for their racist acts. Trump continues to supports dictators over the American people and our values. He tweets daily, with continued name calling, divisive and unstable behavior. He is the first President in history to single out a certain group for a base and pander to them and only to them.

The person that occupies the White House and is America's spokesperson should always, unequivocally do what is right for "all" Americans. We are the United States of America.

John Boehner said it best, first about the Tea Party and now about the Republican Party. There is no more Republican Party, only the Populist Party of Trump.

Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, at one time the most powerful men of the Republican Party
Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, at one time the most powerful men of the Republican Party

Did the Republican Party do the right thing in letting another party run under their party?

See results

Do you believe the Republican Party, "the Grand Old Party" is no more?

See results

© 2010 Lady Liberty

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    • sir slave profile image

      sir slave 

      9 years ago from Trinity county CA.

      they have disintergrated into two scared herds that need each other so bad they dare not stray from each others pack...but the tea party is insisting on purism, as they rejected McCain until he chose palin. they will likely have to do something like that again, and this time it will be Romney /Bachmann! yippee! this purging and orthodoxy has obliterated the moderate republicans in washington..so much so that the democrats led by Obama is co-opting their positions one by one as they run from them....the next thing you know tax cuts for the rich will be the standard democratic position while the republicans position will be abolition of all taxes and the IRS with the huckster on the way!!

    • Abecedarian profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Liberty 

      10 years ago from These United States, Texas

      Go right ahead Jillian Barclay. Unlike Palin, I like to hear from both sides, it makes it interesting instead of a love fest.

    • Jillian Barclay profile image

      Donna Lichtenfels 

      10 years ago from California, USA

      So tired of hearing about government workers destroying the economy. I thought it was illegal immigrants? Maybe it is anyone the Republican party hates today. It is much like "Flavor of the Week". What government workers should lose their jobs? Please give me a proposal for whose jobs you will cut? Firefighters, police, teachers, garbage men, sewer workers, FBI, CIA, IRS, Food and Drug, CDC, Border Patrol, US Marshal Service? By the way, my son is one of those government workers. He has such a cushy job. He cleans the sewer lines every day, coming home daily covered in you know what. We probably don't need him, because then the sewage would back up into your home and that would be ok? Think about what you are saying, Opinion Duck. Sorry, Abecedarian, I should just be commenting on your great hub. Again, you make sense and deal with the facts. Thank you.

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      OpinionDuck 

      10 years ago

      My point is that California is an example of damage caused by Democrat Controlled Government. We see it now on a national level since Pelosi took over.

      Having said that the Republicans didn't do well for the people and the country when they were in control.

      Again, the real problem is the two party system, in which neither party is helping the middle class.

      Supporting either party as a loyal party member is detrimental to the health of the country.

      The proof is undeniable that Congress has failed the country for the last seventy years. The energy problem for example started in the seventies, and Congress failed to take any measures that could have prevented the problem we still have today.

      Their inaction cause the demise of the American Automobile Industry to the foreign automakers. The oil crisis of the seventies now has made third world countries in control of energy for the world, and made them powerful creators of terrorism and war. An alternative energy program that could have been created in the seventies would have been implemented and perfected long before the end of the last century.

      There would have been less of an issue with global warming, and more domestic resources for energy.

      Flat out Congress has been inept or corrupt but in any case ineffective in protecting the people and the country.

      The size of the government is at least double the size that it needs to be, and it continues to increase in size even since the economic meltdown of 2008.

      Each government worker is a tax liability and lowers the GDP.

    • Abecedarian profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Liberty 

      10 years ago from These United States, Texas

      American Romance, if that's how you really feel, you have issues. You are "a" typical of what I wrote. Like you and yours, you did not make 1 single comment supporting anything you say...just hateful name calling. Thank you for proving my point.

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      American Romance 

      10 years ago from America

      All propaganda and too many biased movies directed by flaming libs! Nice try aint nobody buying but the yahoos who slather at the mouth to praise someone in their diminished mental league!

    • Abecedarian profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Liberty 

      10 years ago from These United States, Texas

      Opinion Duck, I'm not picking on anyone, everything the Republicans have done and everything I've stated is true and public knowledge. And I never said the Democrats were free from blame, however, the Democrats are not out there feverishly trying to change our constitution as a political strategy or to instill fear. Every party out there has individuals that shouldn't be in position of power because their egos have gotten larger than their belief in doing what's right for the American people. And granted, California wasn't doing great before Schwarzeneager took over, but he's totally destroyed that state. In 2007- we had the largest amount of Californian's flee the state and move to Texas, why? They all gave me the same answer, it's getting unbareable there. Here we can build a home twice the size for half the cost and still put away $100,000+ for retirement after selling our home there. And what's best, we don't have to pay a state tax.

    • Abecedarian profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Liberty 

      10 years ago from These United States, Texas

      LRC Blogger, thank you. I'm glad to see that I'm not completely alone in my thinking, because to be honest, some days I wonder what the heck people are thinking with all this mess that's going on. And you are so correct, I'm still waiting to hear some form of concrete idea they come up with about anything.

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      OpinionDuck 

      10 years ago

      You are missing the problem which is that Congress whether democrat or republican controlled has failed the people.

      I wouldn't be putting down the republicans because of the pathetic record of the democrats. Neither party has the interest of the people in mind.

      The democrats have had ultimate and singular control in California for over a half a century, and look where California is today.

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      LRCBlogger 

      10 years ago

      Very well said, I hope this hub gets a lot of attention. He GOP is using fear and smear to blind the truth. As you pointed out so well, no conservatives complained when Bush opened a room of the pentagon for a mosque (nor should they).

      The current Republican leaders are masters of spreading mis-information and blatant lies. I would love to see honest campaigns on the actual issues. By the way, we still have not heard the agenda from the GOP?

      What is their plan if they take control of congress?

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