PRESIDENTS & IMPEACHMENTS

Sidney Blumenthal, advisor to former President Bill Clinton will give us a history lesson on Abraham Lincoln and weigh in on the current political climate in Washington D.C.

Aired on October 16, 2019. 

TRANSCRIPT

THE YEARS LEADING UP TO THE CIVIL WAR.

THEY COMPROMISE AND THE FREE STATERS AND KANSAS AND BEYOND HAD BEGUN RIPPING AT THE VERY FABRIC OF THE NATION.

AND THEY TL ARE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THEY COMPARE TO PRECIVIL WAR AMERICA.

AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN ALL OF THE POWERS.

AND THE NEW BOOK IS A FASCINATING AND TIMELY EXAMINATION OF THE EVENTS THAT LED TO THE CRISIS AND OF THE MAN THAT WOULD EMERGE FROM THE POLITICAL WILDERNESS TO SAVE THE UNION.

AND PRESIDENT BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON AND SIDNEY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOK.

THANK YOU.

SO SIDNEY, THE HEART OF THE NEW VOLUME ROUGHLY COVERS THE FOUR YEARS BETWEEN THE MOMENT WHEN LINCOLN RE-ENTERED POLITICAL LIFE AND IS ELECTED.

AND THE UNITED STATES.

AND BASICALLY, 200 AND THE CONTEXT WITHIN WHICH LINCOLN WAS FORCED TO ACT.

AND SUMMARIZE THE KEY EVENTS.

THIS IS A STORY OF A GREATEST CRISIS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.

AND IT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY.

AND LINCOLN IS IN AN OBSCURE LAWYER.

HE IS WRITING A OLD HORSES OR BUCK BOARDS OR RAILROADS FROM COUNTY YOU COULD COURTHOUSE AND COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS PRESSING CASES AS A LAWYER.

AND THE PARTIES ARE FALLING APART AGAINST THE PARTY IS SPLIT OVER THE EXTENSION OVER THE EXTENSION OF SLAVERY.

IT'S OVER THE ISSUE.

HE WAS A FORCE OF NATURE AND A MASS F MASTER DEMAGOGUE HAS SPONSOR THE THE KANSAS NEBRASKA ACT.

HE WANTS SOMETHING.

AND THEY CAN CARRY AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

AND HE WANTS THAT AND HE PROPOSES THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT.

HE OPENS THE TERRITORIES OF THE GREAT PLAINS TO WHOEVER IS GOING TO BE SLAVERY FREE.

AND THEY'RE IN IT FOR SLAVERY.

AND THEY COME IN FOR FREEDOM AND FREE LABOR.

AND THEY KILL EACH OTHER.

AND ARMIES AND OUR OPPOSED TO EACH OTHER IN THE PLAINS.

AND HE BEGINS TRYING TO FIND HIS FOOTING.

AND CHARLES SUNNER AND THE FLOOR OF THE STATE AND THE CROSS SLAVERY FORCES.

AND THE TOWN OF LAWRENCE.

AND CONGRESSMAN PRESTON BROOKS IS VIRTUALLY ASSIGNED BY THE POWERS THAT BE.

AND CONGRESS AND POWER.

AND HE WALKS INTO THE SENATE AND CAVES.

AND MOST OF THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE.

SUMNER IS ALMOST KILLED.

HE IS VIRTUALLY REMOVED FROM POLITICS.

THIS INSPIRES SOMEBODY AT THE SAME TIME JOHN BROWN.

AND THEY KILL THE SENATORS IN KANSAS AND WITHIN TEN DAYS OF THESE EVENTS.

ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN PARTY THE VEHICLE THAT WITHIN WILL CARRY HIM TO THE PRESIDENT BALT.

AND YOUR BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST POLITICAL BIOGRAPHIES OF STEPHEN DOUGLAS AS WELL ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

HE HAS A HUGE IMPACT.

NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE AMBITION.

IN 1958, LINCOLN DECIDES TO CHALLENGE THE SENATE SEAT.

AND THE FAMOUS LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATES.

WHAT EXACTLY WERE THE CONTENDING POSITIONS?

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LIVINGON WAS COMPLETELY OPPOSED TO THE EXTENSION OF SLAVERY AND I BELIEVE THAT SLAVERY WAS AS HE SAID DOZENS OF TIMES IN MANY SPEECHES IN EACH SPEECH WRONG, WRONG, WRONG AND WRONG.

IF SLAVERY IS WRONG, NOTHING IS WRONG SAID LINCOLN.

THEY BELIEVE THE POLICY OF WHAT LINCOLN SAID DON'T CARE, INDIFFERENCE.

DOUGLAS SAID HE DIDN'T CARE WHETHER THE TERRITORIES WERE FREE OR SLAVE.

IT WAS UP TO THE SETTLERS.

AND THEY FACED OFF THE FAMOUS DEBATES.

AND HOUSE DIVIDED SPEECH.

HE SAID THE COUNTRY WILL BECOME.

IT WILL BE ONE THING OR THE OTHER.

THEY BELIEVE THE PEOPLE WOULD PUT SLAVERY AS THEY SAID IN THE COURSE OF ULTIMATE EXTINCTION.

DOUGLAS SAID THAT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS MADE ONLY FOR WHITE MEN AND THAT IT EXCLUDED.

IN STATING ALL MEN ARE CREATED QUAUG INCLUDED NEGROES AND THAT THEY HAD NATURAL RIGHTS.

THEY FACED OFF IN SEVEN DEBATES.

AND THE DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN JE JERRY MANDERED BY DOUGLAS.

AND LINCOLN LOST EVEN THOUGH HE WON THE POPULAR VOTE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT IS POPULAR NOW.

ONE OF THE LESSONS FOR US.

LINCOLN ALWAYS WORND AGAINST THIS UNION.

HE WARNED AGAINST A HOUSE DIVIDED.

AND HE SAID THAT OF THOSE WHO WERE SEEKING THIS UNION WERE THE SOURCE OF TROUBLE.

AND THEY'RE SEEKING AND ALL EVENTS.

AND AT THE ENDst SPEECH HE SAID RIGHT MAKES MIKE.

AND HE SAYS THAT ANY ATTEMPT TO IMPEACH HIM WILL CAUSE A CIVIL WAR.

AND THE DECISIVE YEAR IN WHICH THEY MOVE HIM AND HE WAS A RESPONSIBLE FIGURE.

AND IT IS UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION.

THE DEMOCRACY FACES A THREAT TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR VARIED DEMOCRACY.

LINCOLN ROSE TO THE OCCASION.

HE UNDERSTOOD THE CRISIS.

AND HE WAS PREPARED TO LEAD THE COUNTRY.

AND FOCUSED AND DETERMINED PERSON.

AND FOR ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT WE'RE FACING.

AND HE HAD A DEEP AND PROFOUND.

UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY WAS AND WHERE THE POLITICS WERE TENDING.

AND IN THE BOOK AFTER LINCOLN GIVES HIS COOPER UNION SPEECH THIS IS THE GREATEST THING SINCE ST. PAUL.

AND HE WAS A GREAT LEADER.

AND THAT MAKES ONE WANT TO BE A BETTER HUMAN BEING.

I WONDER WHAT EFFECT IT'S HAD ON YOU SPENDING ALL AND THIS GREAT AMERICAN.

LINCOLN HAS GREAT COMPANY.

I SPENT YEARS WRITING THIS SERIES OF BOOKS.

AND I CAN'T IMAGINE AND SPEND TIME WITH.

AND HE HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.

AND HE HAS A DEEPLY INCISIVE MIND.

HE GREW UP IN THE DEEPEST POVERTY.

AND UNDERSTANDING OF AND ISOLATION, SLOWLY STUDYING.

AND HE BECAME AN EXTRAORDINARILY AND IF THE COOPER UNION SPEECH.

AND NOTABLE IN THE DAY.

AND FROM THE FAR WEST, ILLINOIS, HE APPEARED IN A RUMBLED SUIT.

HIS HAIR WAS TASSLED.

HE SPOKE IN A THIN FOIS.

VOICE.

THEY'RE LIKE WHO IS THIS PERSON?

THEN THEY WERE STUNNED BY HIS ARGUMENTS, HIS WORDS, HIS PHRASES, THE WAY IN WHICH HE WROTE AND SPOKE.

AND AT THE END, AS YOU SAID, ONE OF THE JOURNALISTS SAID HE'S THE GREATEST MAN SINCE ST. PAUL.

HE WAS ALSO A LAWYER WHO FRAMED EVERY ARGUMENT IN ORDER TO WIN THE CASE.

HE KNEW WHAT JURIES WERE.

THE HE KNEW WHO ORDINARY PEOPLE WERE.

HE KNEW THE ARTS OF PERSUASION.

LINCOLN WAS A PRACTICAL POLITICIAN HIS WHOLE LIFE.

AND TO THE MARROW OF HIS BONE, BUT HE IS SOMEBODY THAT SAW THAT IN THE SFERVICE OF THE NATION.

THE COUNTRY HAS EVER FACED WITH LESSONS FOR US ALL TODAY.

THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO US TODAY.

IT'S A WONDERFUL BOOK.

I HOPE OUR VIEWERS GO OUT AND BUY IT AND READ IT.

THANK YOU, RAFAEL.

Funders

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