Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bring Back the Duel!

Yesterday while I was researching my daily "today in history" Facebook post, I discovered that it was the 213th anniversary of the day on which Vice President Aaron Burr* shot and killed former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel. This got me to wondering if there isn't a way to end the gridlock in Washington by bringing back dueling as a way of settling differences once and for all.

I imagine that it would be particularly appealing to Republicans, because it would be a win-win situation for them: the chance to get rid of pesky Democrats once and for all, and an opportunity to show their support of the gun lobby. It would also appeal to Democrats by stressing the need for responsive and affordable health care for the losers.

I think I'll write to my elected reprehensives and suggest it. What could it hurt?

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


* Disclaimer: I am distantly related to Mr Burr on my mother's side of the family, but did not collude with him to obtain information which would help him win the duel.


eViL pOp TaRt said...

The revival of te Code Duello might spur a return to good manners and civility!

Mike said...

All 437 of them in a big circle, each with AR15's. We could sell tickets to the event.

allenwoodhaven said...

This has also occurred to me. If it were televised, think of the ratings! An unintended consequence might be politicians who are only good at dueling. Still, that might actually be an improvement.