Saturday, February 12, 2022

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ???

From a blog

The New York Times described an atmosphere of tense apprehension on Capitol Hill with fear that “the counting of the electoral votes would never be peacefully accomplished.” House leadership responded to “rumors of plots to take the city, blow up the public buildings, and prevent the inauguration” with a large police detail and limited access to the House Chamber. Local authorities increased security throughout the city to ensure that Members of Congress could perform their constitutional duty. The Baltimore Sun described the House as “filled to overflowing with spectators, and an eager crowd . . . poured along the passages and corridors leading to the galleries.” The “immense throng strained its ears to catch . . . every word” (...) Those feelings ranged between “half jolly, half angry, some sneering, some smiling, some swearing.”

No not 2021. The year was 1861.

Tomorrow, February 13, is the anniversary of that electoral count.



On February 12 to February 16, 1862, one had the battle of Fort Donaldson in the Civil War.


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