Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Hypocrisy in action....

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States,
WEDNESDAY, April 18, 1832

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"...The accused admits that he was greatly excited by these provocations, and that, under the influence of feelings thus excited, he did, on accidentally meeting the said Stanbery, assault and beat him, the accused being unarmed with any other weapon than a common walking cane, and believing the said Stanbery to be, as he in fact was, armed with pistols; that the meeting took place several hours after the adjournment of Congress, about 8 o'clock in the evening, on the Pennsylvania avenue, and nearly half a mile from the Capitol, and on the opposite side of the avenue from where Mr. Stanbery's boarding-house is situated; and that, at the time of this occurrence, he was neither seeking for, nor expecting to see the said Stanbery...."
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The "accused" was none other U.S. Representative Samuel Houston. The offended party was U.S. Representative William Stanbery.
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Oh, I get it now.... It is good for them, but not for us. Hmmmm, hey, wait a minute! Aren't these people our servants?

2 comments:

Mike Battaglia said...

They used to be, they don't think they are anymore. We just need to reign 'em in.

E. David Quammen said...

You got that right, Mike!