Matthew says there were two animals, a colt and an ass. Is an ass a mule or a donkey? It says the colt is the foal of the ass. Mark just says colt. So does Luke. John So we can pick.
What else can we pick? Party identities? How to get it to get going?
Go back to before the Civil War, fair use here of a portion at the site http://www.cprr.org/Museum/Ephemera/Republican_Platform_1860.html: Find public works, support of the general government, exchanges to provide liberal wages, remunerating prices, adequate reward. Use land, not already settled by a landowner, for the public use. No abridging rights of immigrants. Provide for transportation, mail.
"12. That while providing revenue for the support of the general government by duties upon imports, sound policy requires such an adjustment of these imposts as to encourage the development of the industrial interests of the whole country, and we commend that policy of national exchanges which secures to the workingmen liberal wages, to agriculture remunerating prices, to mechanics and manufacturers an adequate reward for their skill, labor and enterprise, and to the nation commercial prosperity and independence.2. The Elephant and Ganesha. In favor of multi-ethnicities enjoying same speeds.
"13. That we protest against any sale or alienation to others of the public lands held by actual settlers, and against any view of the free homestead policy which regards the settlers as paupers or suppliants for public bounty, and we demand the passage by congress of the complete and satisfactory homestead measure which has already passed the house.
'14. That the Republican Party is opposed to any change in our naturalization laws, or any state legislation by which the rights of citizenship hitherto accorded by emigrants from foreign lands shall be abridged or impaired; and in favor of giving a full and efficient protection to the rights of all classes of citizens, whether native or naturalized, both at home and abroad.
'15. That appropriation by Congress for river and Harbor improvements of a National character, required for the accommodation and security of an existing commerce, are authorized by the constitution and justified by the obligation of Government to protect the lives and property of its citizens.
'16. That a railroad to the Pacific ocean is imperatively demanded by the interests of the whole country; that the Federal Government ought to render immediate and efficient aid in its construction; and that, as preliminary thereto, a daily overland mail should be promptly established."
How does this match with Internet Partitality? A lesser Hindu god. Elephant-shape deity, the remover of obstacles, the god of creative works. Friendly, welcoming. Look at an old article in the NYT - In India, the Deity to Know, by David Colman, Sunday 6/27/2004. A silent task-assistant. The article is about a designer of textiles, but the description of the role of Ganesha in human endeavor is lovely. Very gentle.
Fair use thumbnail from http://ganeshutsav.org/Images/ganesha_symbolism.gif/ - Good poster: The writing shows the meaning of the elements of the elephant.
- These things are big: ears for listening, head for thinking, stomach for digesting the good and bad in life.
- These things are tools: hold rope for attaining a goal; axe to cut off attachments to extraneous diversions.
- These things are small: mouth for less talking, eyes for concentrating.
- What it does: blesses.
- What it has: unique trunk showing adaptability.
- Surrounds: A mouse, representing desires out to distract, get you. And a bundle of prasada - the world is available to you.
Revert: From the disappointing elephant above, see that the elephant has its benign side. This is the one intended to dominate thought about internet partiality so we won't think -- awwww.
For the benign, nothing here to hurt you, see the chubby, cute 18th Century western culture - old japanning pattern. Cute little corpulent fellow. No pale-eyed glare from orange face. This from our old book, The Ladies' Amusement, showing old japanning patterns, nobody's copyright any more.
Internet partiality: In the 1870's, Republicans were social liberals - http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Social-liberalism/ That represented a dual stance, favoring free enterprise but also government role in providing guaranteed, regulated services in education,
- See Why are a Donkey and an Elephant the symbols of the Democratic and Republican Parties? at http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-civil-war/donkey-elephant.htm/printable/. The artist-commentator, Thomas Nast, who made the elephant connection. was horrified at the change then that the Republicans made, in abandoning social liberalism.
An 1874 cartoon shows the elephant as a "confused behemoth" lunging toward inflation and chaos. In later years, it was shown as ailing, a nostalgic, retrospective of what the animal once was.
6. The donkey?
The donkey originally represented northern Democrats who opposed the Civil War from the start. "Copperhead" Democrats, who, in the view of Mr. Nast, desecrated even the memory of Lincoln's by-then deceased Secretary of War. In a later depiction of the donkey in a lion's hide, the idea was that the Democrats want to seem predatory, but are really harmless.