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It’s time to reinstate the duel in American politics

It’s time to reinstate the duel in American politics

It’s time to reinstate the duel in American politics
November 25
14:35 2015

The Editorial Board

It has been deemed “blood sport” by those who’ve escaped the clutches of Washington and lived to tell the tale. The constant bickering and partisanship. The making and breaking of careers channeled through ego and ambition. It’s politics.

A recent example of this can be found in the would-be feud between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and President Obama. The president said the senator, along with many of his colleagues, has resisted the migration of refugees from war-torn Syria because they are “scared of widows and children.”

In true schoolyard fashion, the senator from Texas countered by insisting Obama should insult him to his face.

We at North Texas Daily would like to remind these members of government of their positions and point out that, instead of a full-on “Fight Club” rumble on the steps of Capitol Hill, they should settle it with dignity. Are we crazy, or is it time to reinstate the duel?

Before falling to the understandable knee-jerk reaction of “Have you lost your mind?” let us remind you that it would not be the first time two prominent leaders in our government settled their differences in such a way.

In 1804, Aaron Burr, then vice president under Thomas Jefferson, fatally shot Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton (the guy on the ten-dollar bill) in a duel.

If it worked for them, why can’t it work now? After nearly two decades of political rivalry and strife, these politicians saw fit to deal with their frustrations in true gentlemanly fashion: duels to the death armed with flintlock pistols. What’s more democratic than that?

Obviously, there are some concerns—namely, where is anyone going to get a flintlock pistol in this day and age? Well, if any episode of “Pawn Stars” is to be believed, there seems to be more than enough floating around out there to get the ball rolling. That’s 200 years of dedication, right there.

If two consenting adults are able to quantify their distaste for one another to the point they feel only one of them should continue living, should we stop them? You say first degree murder; others say expedited democratic process.

It would almost certainly, and more immediately, narrow the field of contenders for president and could cut the coming insufferable debates between the Democratic and Republican nominees to just a few minutes. Everybody wins!

This case with Cruz and Obama would certainly be a great trial run for the nation. Although, we’re initially hesitant to give the former a home-field advantage. We feel Texas is the only place where these proceedings could take place.

It’s almost poetic, and we have the sneaky suspicion that what Cruz meant by “say it to my face” was actually, in true Texan form, “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us.”

Featured Image: The Aaron burr v Hamilton duel that occurred on the morning of July 11, 1804. Courtesy | Wikimedia

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