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Exit Interview pt. 2

A continuing examination of the Presidency of Barack Obama… partisanship is kept to a minimum, but the issues raised are the opinions of Practically Historical and its staff.

Another lecture

Another lecture

The Bad…

 

The clean energy conundrum:  Obama’s attempts to be the first “Green President” cost the tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus subsidies  and crippled traditional industries(costing thousands of jobs) with an undeclared war on the coal industry.   Considering that the United States accounts for less than 15% of the world’s CO2 emissions, Obama’s policies were decidedly ideological and at odds with the majority of the American people

 

Minding the store:  The 24 hour news cycle brings local stories national attention, completely skewing proper perspectives.  Obama’s seeming need to insert himself in local and state matters often blurred the lines of Federalism and confounded attempts at reforming law enforcement.  The “beer summit” and professed paternal bond with Trayvon Martin did more to divide the public than promote understanding.  Obama’s image evolved into that of lecturer-in-chief, castigating the public for what he considered their ignorance.  on matters of race, religion, and tolerance.

 

Selective Enforcement Syndrome:  Despite being declared “scandal-free” by partisans, Obama’s Justice Department was plagued by insidious ideological application of the law.  The half-hearted investigation of  IRS officials  targeting Conservative groups with audits and denying non-profit status based on ideology concluded without a single indictment; conversely, Attorney General Loretta Lynch promptly responded to Congressional Democrats demanding an investigation into secret videos of Planned Parenthood officials leaked by a pro-life group.  The DOJ refused to pursue any charges in the botched DEA operation called “Fast and Furious.” 

Another round was needed

Another round was needed

 

Next time–  The Ugly

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Exit Interview Pt. 1

The historic Presidency of Barack Obama is over… many scholars have already formed their opinions on our 44th President– Practically Historical advises more careful scholarship be undertaken.  Obama’s historic election should be remembered, but his time in office needs proper scrutiny for the sake of future generations.

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The Good–

Economic recovery-  Critics will charge that the natural business cycle helped us out of the Great Recession, but Obama’s administration played a key role.  Job growth, GDP, and stock prices all rose under his leadership, while unemployment fell.  Obama’s efforts with the stimulus package and the bailout of the auto industry are both noteworthy.  By the end of his second term, economists were only debating the rates of growth, not whether there had been any.

 

Civil Rights-  Though he opposed gay marriage for much of his political life, Obama changed his mind and used the Justice Department to fight for this most basic right for same-sex couples.  His efforts united people from across the political spectrum– the key court case was argued by former US Solicitor (Republican) General Ted Olson.  Anthony Kennedy sealed the Constitutionality of the issue in Obergefell v. Hodges.

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Killing Osama Bin Laden-  George W. Bush had given up the manhunt, but Obama made it a priority.  Violating the sovereign borders of an alleged ally and carrying out a dangerous clandestine raid there was a bold stroke.  Obama showed commendable fraternity by first contacting his predecessor with the news.

 

Tomorrow–  the bad. 

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Rogues Gallery- historian edition

History is often cited as the least popular… subject in schools.  It is also one of the leading causes of family fights around the holidays.  It is easy to see why an academic  discipline can obtain such a reputation-  look at the so-called “experts” who saturate historical discourse in this country.

The disputed authority

The disputed authority

Annette Gordon-Reed-  Just when we thought Fawn Brodie and her pseudo-scholarship were long since buried, along came Gordon-Reed and her obsession with Thomas Jefferson’s “slave family.”  Almost single-handedly revitalizing the Sally Hemings debate, Gordon-Reed raked in a Pulitzer-Prize for her brand of authoritative conjecture.  There was a time when students of history were taught about citation, sources, evidence, you know, proof…. obviously, such tedious requirements stand in the way of book sales and Pulitzers.

What's wrong with this picture?  David Barton can't really say.....

What’s wrong with this picture? David Barton can’t really say…..

David Barton- It is clearly open season on Thomas Jefferson, David Barton just has a peculiar attack plan.  Labeling America’s most infamous deist an evangelical christian has earned Barton scorn from the historical community, but praise from conservative circles.  The most basic methodologies historians adhere to are largely ignored by Barton- ie, he makes stuff up.  The scary part, millions of Americans have paid money to read his books.

What, me worry?

What, me worry?

Michael Beschloss- Historians are known to be admirers of the people they cover, but Beschloss goes a bit too far.  Just a year into the Obama presidency, Beschloss declared him to be the “smartest man ever elected President.”  There is little, if no evidence to support such a claim (George W. Bush went to Harvard too) but the made-for-TV  “Presidential Historian” is convinced our nation suffered through 42 dummies.   Jefferson would be mildly amused.

When the research isn't there, just make stuff up

When the research isn’t there, just make stuff up

 

Thomas DiLorenzo-  What can you say to someone who believes the Confederacy should have won the Civil War?  DiLorenzo’s brand of neo-secessionism is poorly disguised as economic theories of an academic, but he fools no one.  Peer review of his work exposed it as sloppy, if not fraudulent.   Millions of Americans saw an accurate depiction of Lincoln the President, surely causing Stonewall Tom some sleepless nights.

 

No wonder historians in America… have such a bad name.  History does not have to be salacious, bitter, or divisive to be interesting.  Americans love a good story, and the founding, struggle, and maturation of this country is exactly that.  Stop grinding your axes and brainwashing your minions- just tell our story in a more responsible way.

 

LEARN HISTORY YOU WIMPS!!

LEARN HISTORY YOU WIMPS!!

 

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

No one asked me, but…

  • Liberals now calling for an end to midterm elections were hailing them as “true democracy” in 2006
  • Historically, the President’s party almost always loses power in midterm elections
  • Second term presidents always lose popularity- Obama is no exception here
  • Principle can be displayed without obstructionism
  • Compromise is a dirty word in Washington these days- this ideological absolutism is stifling our republic
  • Would Eisenhower be welcomed in today’s Republican party?
  • Would JFK be a Democrat today?
  • Gun control was a big loser in this election- especially in Colorado
  • Jared Loughner and James Holmes would have passed the background checks Liberal politicians are demanding
  • John Kasich was the big winner this week- a humble, everyman populism that has a broad appeal…
  • Fight for school choice…
  • Charter schools work
2016 ?

2016 ?

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

Only in America… such a reassuring ring to it

 

  • Simply because impeachment is part of the Constitution is a poor excuse to exercise such an option
  • The impeachment process places undue pressure on the republic
  • The country has not fully recovered from the last impeachment crisis…another one may spell the end
  • Barack Obama is guilty of a lot… “high crimes” is a hard standard to establish
  • For the last eight years, our foreign policy has been inept- our enemies have take advantage of the weak hand…
  • No President can ever forget the obligations of the Monroe Doctrine
  • Colorado is creating a permanent under-class that will probably never get off the couch…
  • John Denver would definitely change the words to his song about the Rocky Mountains…
  • Somewhere in America, someone is offended right now–  that’s hilarious…
  • We all need a thicker skin
  • Is it possible for Don Rickles to perform any longer?
  • For profit, corporate charter schools are dangerous
  • For the record- this educator works for a non-profit
  • Charter schools work….so does school choice
Lighten up, America !!!

Lighten up, America !!!

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Rogues Gallery- historian edition

History is often cited as the least popular… subject in schools.  It is also one of the leading causes of family fights around the holidays.  It is easy to see why an academic  discipline can obtain such a reputation-  look at the so-called “experts” who saturate historical discourse in this country.

The disputed authority

The disputed authority

Annette Gordon-Reed-  Just when we thought Fawn Brodie and her pseudo-scholarship were long since buried, along came Gordon-Reed and her obsession with Thomas Jefferson’s “slave family.”  Almost single-handedly revitalizing the Sally Hemings debate, Gordon-Reed raked in a Pulitzer-Prize for her brand of authoritative conjecture.  There was a time when students of history were taught about citation, sources, evidence, you know, proof…. obviously, such tedious requirements stand in the way of book sales and Pulitzers.

What's wrong with this picture?  David Barton can't really say.....

What’s wrong with this picture? David Barton can’t really say…..

David Barton- It is clearly open season on Thomas Jefferson, David Barton just has a peculiar attack plan.  Labeling America’s most infamous deist an evangelical christian has earned Barton scorn from the historical community, but praise from conservative circles.  The most basic methodologies historians adhere to are largely ignored by Barton- ie, he makes stuff up.  The scary part, millions of Americans have paid money to read his books.

What, me worry?

What, me worry?

Michael Beschloss- Historians are known to be admirers of the people they cover, but Beschloss goes a bit too far.  Just a year into the Obama presidency, Beschloss declared him to be the “smartest man ever elected President.”  There is little, if no evidence to support such a claim (George W. Bush went to Harvard too) but the made-for-TV  “Presidential Historian” is convinced our nation suffered through 42 dummies.   Jefferson would be mildly amused.

When the research isn't there, just make stuff up

When the research isn’t there, just make stuff up

 

Thomas DiLorenzo-  What can you say to someone who believes the Confederacy should have won the Civil War?  DiLorenzo’s brand of neo-secessionism is poorly disguised as economic theories of an academic, but he fools no one.  Peer review of his work exposed it as sloppy, if not fraudulent.   Millions of Americans saw an accurate depiction of Lincoln the President, surely causing Stonewall Tom some sleepless nights.

 

No wonder historians in America… have such a bad name.  History does not have to be salacious, bitter, or divisive to be interesting.  Americans love a good story, and the founding, struggle, and maturation of this country is exactly that.  Stop grinding your axes and brainwashing your minions- just tell our story in a more responsible way.

 

LEARN HISTORY YOU WIMPS!!

LEARN HISTORY YOU WIMPS!!

 

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Weekly History News Roundup

Amelia Earhart’s plane found?… Underwater survey discovers debris field

Racism looms large during Mississippi celebration… Many uncomfortable with honoring Confederate veterans

Harry Truman would have a field day… 112th Congress less productive than Truman’s “do-nothing” Congress of 1947

Appalachian Trail turns 75 this year… but the path from Maine to Georgia has never really been finished

Hitler’s nephew begged to join US Army… long lost letter shows William Hitler’s desire to fight Nazis

I made this easy for you, Barry !

 

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