Lessons from a Political Martyr

If politics is anything, it is contentious. So long as men have opinions, they shall defend them, even with fervor at times. But contention is not sedition, and as Democrats’ calls to impeach President Trump intensify, it would appear that American politics has moved toward the latter. Both parties believe the other has betrayed its country. Those who once were rivals now are denounced as traitors. He that gathers not is himself scattered. Where this malice might lead no one knows. But if history is any guide, vindictive politics tend to escalate quickly and end well for no one, especially when guilt matters more than truth. Just ask Thomas Wentworth, the 1st Earl of Strafford. Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford painted by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (source) Strafford was an English noble and political figure in the decade prior to the English Civil Wars. King Charles I raised Strafford to the peerage in 1628 and then appointed him as Lord Deputy of Ireland in...(Read Full Article)
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