Preparing For Battle

Steve Inskeep had a fascinating op-ed in the New York Times the other day that detailed the similarities between our current political environment and the period immediately preceding the Civil War. Inskeep points to the 1856 election where the nascent progressive Republican party, fueled by demographic changes, was intent on stopping the spread of slavery to the prospective new states in the West. Inskeep writes, “Northern states had grown far more…