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Did a U.S. Congressman Brutally Beat a Senator in the 19th Century?

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After U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, one journalist called it the 'most classless act ever conducted in Congress.' Others disagreed.The claim that in 1856 a congressman (Brooks) viciously attacked a senator (Sumner) with a cane on the floor of the U.S. Senate was accurate and is a matter of historical record. 

Here’s how the website of the U.S. Senate describes the infamous attack:

On May 22, 1856, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” became a combat zone. In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate’s entire history, a member of the House of Representatives entered the Senate Chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness.

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When Nancy Pelosi ripped up Trump's trite and predictably mendacious "State of the Union" speech, I think she scored a moment in history not soon to be forgotten, and I laughed and clapped and would have sent her flowers if I wasn't so far away. But this story jumped out at me today because I'm a direct descendant of both "Bully" Brooks; and Andrew Butler; along with Milledge Bonham, the Governor of South Carolina who started the Civil War. ( I'm assuming politics was a family affair back in SC; I know my parents were distant cousins!).

I heard these names dropped from time to time by my very vain Aunt Margaret, and her giant oil portrait of him hangs in my sister's Berkeley home, along with that of his wife. My own mother never spoke of these people, which puzzled me, but once I was filled in on their significance, I wasn't surprised. One of my earliest memories was my father taking me on his lap and saying, when my brother made reference to our maid's color "Molly, there's no difference between black people and white people."

My mother dropped her "drawl" like an unwanted garment once she hit the North, not long after the depression; but my aunt Margaret, though she joined us in New York, clung to her's steadfastly, and never stopped yammering about our "noble heritage", and those gloomy portraits almost filled her tiny living room wall. All I can do is shudder as I look back at the damage done in those terrible times. I would not be here if it weren't for those twisted individuals; but neither would all the fabulous African Americans who brighten our lives daily, had they not been dragged here in the night and oppressed for generations.

What a world! This is the first time I've actually read this story. Glad to learn that Sumner lived on and Brooks was dead in a few months; the opposite of what I had been told, and glad the "times they are a'changin"; may they change some more. Classless gestures be damned; what's classier than telling it like it is? That Nancy Pelosy is a right fine woman!

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I won't quibble about her fine-esse at ripping paper. Point delivered.

But Nancy Pelosi would voraciously eat you for breakfast if she ran out of Wheaties.

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Really! What makes you say that?

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Remember when Cindy Sheehan was running for Pelosi's congressional seat? Can't remember the year.

Many Sheehan supporters gathered around Pelosi's home in S.F. expressing their opposition to her policies.

It was reported that a (naturally) pissed off Pelosi remarked (paraphrased), "Too bad. If these people were the homeless, I could just call and have them forcibly removed." This strengthened my growing dislike at the time.

I simply don't have gentle regard for the powerful, Molly. Perhaps it's the whole sucky system. (tho' I don't relish life during its collapse either) :)

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Seems to me, whatever the political conflict, home is out of bounds.

We martyr our politicians enough with intrusion through the media with the publication of their every nose pick, so where are they safe? She didn't say she WOULD OR SHOULD have them arrested, she said she COULD.


I think you're being silly. I'm also glad she's the speaker. I love the thought that if Trump were impeached and Pence tripped over his wife (mother?) and broke his neck, she'd be President ! Maybe you had a dog in that race? Anyone who picks up that mantle better have balls, figurative or literal; or they're not going to last. Unlike Hillary, who I think wanted to beat the boys at their own game, Nancy stayed remarkably feminine throughout the impeachment; classy and believable, and I hope she sticks around.

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The only dog I have is asleep in her bed right now. Don't care if you think my opinion is silly; but I-human person- am not being silly for having it. IMO.

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