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Friday, June 16, 2017

A Better Way to Express Political Dissent

2017 has seen more than its share of political violence. Riots broke out when certain speakers scheduled appearances on college campuses. And just two days ago there was a shooting at a baseball field at which Republican members of Congress were targeted.

When the U.S. was young there was also plenty of political rancor. But people found more civil ways to express their discontent.

The book Thomas Jefferson: Passionate Pilgrim by Alf J. Mapp, Jr. describes the efforts in Congress in 1802 to repeal the Judiciary Act which was passed during the previous administration:

... Rasping voices of anger exacerbated frayed nerves. Equally abrasive was the crunching of those who devoured apples with a ferocity suggesting that each piece of fruit was surrogate for an opponent. When patrician little Vice President Aaron Burr assumed his place as President of the Senate, replacing a President Pro Tem, the offending chompers hastily stuffed their apples into their pockets.

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