Friday, September 12, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: September 12

On the morning of September 12, 1881, a delegation of Senators from the opposition Liberty Party met with Mexican President George Vining to protest his violations of the Constitution. Vining responded to the Senators by saying, "Have no fear for the Constitution. I have it here in the Palace, and will release it once peace returns to our land." Whether Vining honestly intended to restore constitutional government to the U.S.M. would never be learned, since he suffered a heart attack that afternoon and was dead by nightfall.

On September 12, 1949, Karen Markey of the Burgoyne Tribune wrote a column lauding North American Governor-General Bruce Hogg's decision seven years earlier to proceed as usual with the upcoming Grand Council elections, in spite of the ongoing Global War and the unity government he had formed with the opposition Liberal Party in 1940. Markey wrote, "North American republicanism was strengthened by the Global War, which showed, among other things, that a republic need not forget its heritage while under attack. Hogg never forgot this; Silva did. It is the difference between a nation that honors John Dickinson and one that honors Andrew Jackson."