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54-40 or Fight, Dred Scott, and Stupak

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Posted on March 10 2010 6:24 am
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There are pivotal events in the history of our country that define our national character.  In 1844, Democratic presidential candidate James K. Polk ran on a platform of taking control over the entire Oregon Territory and used the famous campaign slogan, “Fifty-four Forty or Fight!” (after the line of latitude serving as the northern boundary of Oregon at 54°40′).  In March of 1857, the United States Supreme Court declared in what came to be known as the Dred Scott Case that all blacks – slaves as well as free – were not and could never become citizens of the United States. The court also declared the 1820 Missouri Compromise unconstitutional, thus permiting slavery in all of the country’s territories.   Battle lines are drawn, pitting one group against the other.  If Rep. Bart Stupak makes a deal with the House leadership and the White House that results in the passage of Obamacare despite overwhelming public opposition,  the Stupak Compromise may become one such pivotal event in our history.

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