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  •  Wilson was a similar president, marginalizing and (0+ / 0-)

    imprisoning the left while self-identified as a progressive. What you point to is the defeat of a moral center. In 1851 Sumner was elected to the Senate to break the immoral silence about slavery. At that time a civil war had been averted by a compromise that left the North complicit with the slave catchers. If you want a profile in courage, read his pre-war speeches that broke the silence and triggered the civil war, "Freedom National, Slavery Sectional," "The Landmark of Freedom" "The Crime Against Kansas" and the "Barbarism of Slavery". His career demonstrates how it works in the US system, he founded the party that would elect Lincoln. There is no one remotely close to this today, without which nothing moves.

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