Stephen Douglas was a BAMF

For those unaware: BAMF stands for Bad Ass Mother Fucker (I mean this in the colloquial sense, I have no proof of his standing as fucking mothers and am not equipped to judge his ass as good or bad).

Let’s look at some accomplishments: Judge of Supreme Court of Illinois, member of the House of Representatives, Senator, the Democratic nominee (well, for the Northern Democrats anyway — this shit is complex) for President in 1860 and died at the age of 48.

Now people remember him as Lincoln’s second banana. Douglas WON in a senate election against Lincoln (with the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates) and likely would have won the popular vote for Presidency in 1860 if the Democrats didn’t split between northern and southern Democrats.

Let’s get to some quotes from the man himself:

“There are only two sides to this question. Every man must be for the United States or against it. There can be no neutrals in this war; only patriots and traitors.”

“Slavery is not the only question which comes up in this controversy. There is a far more important one to you, and that is, What shall be done with the free negro?”

“Mr. Lincoln is the next President. We must try to save the Union. I will go south.”

“If I can’t be the President, at least I can hold his hat.”

I didn’t even make any of those up. He was a true patriot who believed in his country more than parties or anything else.

Now what has happened to him:

XKCD's take on Douglas

Douglas arguably won the debates he had with Lincoln (read the first few debates where Douglas just made Lincoln seem stupid). He was the moderate of moderates and where Americans tend to only celebrate the radicals, I think it is important to remember the moderates. Douglas is one of the best debaters and maybe the most important politician to never become President (Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott, impact on Civil War and taking to the ideas of debates [Lincoln was virtually unknown at the time and Douglas very well could have refused to debate]).

So let’s remember Douglas as one of the greatest politicians of his era.


~ by realfactsandbeer on November 5, 2012.

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