Aaron Burr was the third Vice President of the United States; he served during President Thomas Jefferson's first term. In 1804 Burr killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel. Burr was never tried for the illegal duel, and all charges against him were eventually dropped, but Hamilton's death ended Burr's political career.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "M" is for "madness")
As you may be painfully aware, the U S political races seem to be in full swing. TV screens present the usual eager candidates claiming that their opponents are listless, incompetent blackguards, among other things.
Of course, this is nothing new; such vituperation has been more or less normal for generations. It got me to thinking of a couple of our political figures of the past.
I thought of two chaps especially. As far as they were concerned, they proceeded normally with their careers; in other words they each spent a lot of the time trash-talking, as we say today, the other.
There was a slight difference, however.
In our time quite a number of folks have made derogatory remarks about our Vice-President and he has done what he could to respond to his critics.
Politicians generally are accused of being moody, talking a lot and doing nothing. So it’s fascinating that there was a part of our history when we had one Veep who did plenty.
As to whether this turned out to be good or bad, there is no question. It was bad.
He stepped over the line. He broke the rule.
Written or unwritten – or both - it was a solid rule, and politicians then and now did not break it.
You see, he shot the guy who was responsible for most of the trash talk against him, shot him and killed him.
If this was a story happening in our time and written as a farce, the Vice President would have been cheered by many, or at least by the NRA, and perhaps he would have gone on to be featured on TV talk shows as a successful celebrity, later appearing on “Dancing With the Stars.” J
However, in those benighted days there was no television and many folks, including even those who had been his most ardent supporters, turned against him. "Politicians shooting each other; it's horrible, it's madness!" they cried. "It's got to stop!"
Well, that’s the story. I guess I should cut this short; I don’t want to incite any political types of our time into similar action.
As for the weekly quiz question, what was the name of the Veep?