The Election Results of another Era

The voting is over but the blame-game and the debates continue. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at another era – 1810. At that time James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, was president. Madison, a Democrat-Republican (that was the name of the party), is credited primarily for the War of 1812. The U.S. population was 7.2 million, including 1.4 million African-Americans, of whom 1.2 were slaves. The very first Black Baptist Church, founded in Pennsylvania, turned a year old. Four years had passed since Lewis & Clark finished their westward exploration and a million people relocated west of Appalachia.

The economy was slowly improving following the repeal of the Embargo Act of 1807 and the reopening of the export market. John Jacob Astor formed the Pacific Fur Trading Co. in Astoria, Oregon. During the mid-term elections of 1810, many of the seats formerly held by Federalists as a result of economic concerns reverted back to the Democrat-Republicans.

 What has been will be again, 
 what has been done will be done again; 
 there is nothing new under the sun. Eccl. 1: 9 

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  • Nice post. I had no idea of the similarities. I shake my head when I think of all the wasted years when I was convinced that my political party was the answer. When I thought that if we just elected “X” everything would be right again. God is reminding me yet again today that our answers, our solutions, and our salvation is in Him. He’s also reminding me that we are to pray for our leaders who are in office, regardless of whether we agree with them or not.

    1 Timothy 2:1-3 “I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;”

    Praying for Democrats and Republicans makes it hard to hate on ’em.

    • By the way, I wasn’t being intentionally non-partisan when I said “X”. There was a time when I voted Democrat on everything, and another time when I voted consistently Republican. I have found that the answers are in neither.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      James: I have wasted a goodly portion of my own life rambling about the same stuff and have come to the same conclusions as you have — if it’s transformation we want it has to start with us, spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally. Prayer is probably the best place to argue any points.

  • Funny time (but not laughable). “Elites” are now the scapegoats du jour, and people who obviously spend $350/wk on haircuts are claiming, in the words of that insufferable song, that they “have friends in low places.” Elites? What would we call an entire nation of us who have refused to pay for wars out of our pockets and nuclear families, thus sending the bill to others, many not even born yet. Not because we couldn’t pay. Our leaders refused to ask us, and we refused to think it necessary. So we must really think ourselves elitists, above all that, after all. Funny time. But not laughable.

  • I love this post, especially the Sonny and Cher song! Peace to you.

  • Great post. I also appreciate James W’s reminder about praying for them all. I pray for them and for the country. I have my own response posted on my blog LIFE MATTERS at