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Not Another Campaign Speech

Historically, inaugural speeches celebrate the American system… our republican virtue and the peaceful transfer of power.  Partisanship is put  aside in acknowledgment of being part of something greater, and speakers usually are humbled by the Day.

Still on the Stump

Still on the Stump

January 20, 2017 was just another stump speech for our 45th President… unaware or unwilling to accept that the day and our history dwarf him, President Trump repeated his neo-populist campaign slogans in a not-so-subtle swipe at his predecessors.  At the precise moment he should have shed his reality TV persona, Mr. Trump chose to continue his role as rabble rouser in-chief.

"candid men will acknowledge that in such cases choice would have little advantage to boast of over lot or chance."

“candid men will acknowledge that in such cases choice would have little advantage to boast of over lot or chance.”

John Adams understood the gravity of his inauguration… March 4, 1797.  His words echoed through history for generations to follow, yet were all but ignored today:

“The existence of such a government as ours for any length of time is a full proof of a general dissemination of knowledge and virtue throughout the whole body of the people. And what object or consideration more pleasing than this can be presented to the human mind? If national pride is ever justifiable or excusable it is when it springs, not from power or riches, grandeur or glory, but from conviction of national innocence, information, and benevolence.”

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2016 in Context

Americans have elected unorthodox candidates to the Presidency before… though Donald Trump’s victory could prove to be the most radical of them all.  Here is a list of the stranger decisions of our electorate…

 

5.  William Henry Harrison–  Desperate for a return to Jacksonian form, Whigs from around the country rallied around the lifelong soldier and Virginia aristocrat.  Though his personal story hardly resembled Jackson’s, Harrison’s reputation as an Indian fighter was enough to propel him to the Presidency.  At the time, he was the oldest man elected to the office.

Bully Pulpit

Bully Pulpit

4.  Theodore Roosevelt-  Though many historians claim Roosevelt crafted his persona to gain higher office, his pedigree as historian, rancher, and reformer set him apart from other post- Civil War politicians.  The Office was changing and Roosevelt was the perfect candidate for the era.  At the time, he was the youngest man to hold the office.

 

3.  Zachary Taylor-  With a nickname like ‘Old Rough ‘n’ Ready’, Taylor was clearly an unconventional choice in 1848.  Not only had he never held public office, but also claimed(proudly) to have never voted.  We elected a candidate with no experience, no affiliation, and no agenda….sound familiar?

Let us see what's in there

Let us see what’s in there

2.  Andrew Jackson-  On the surface, Jackson appeared the perfect candidate- military service, humble roots, and holding elected office at all levels.  What separated him was his temperament- Jackson was incredulous, uncouth, and violent.  A man too often consumed by his passions and pride, Jackson’s judgement was often affected by these detriments.  His brand of raucous populism forever changed electoral politics.

 

1.  Donald Trump-  Frustratingly unprincipled, irretrievably vulgar, and perilously ignorant,  Trump stands as the greatest gamble the American voters have ever taken.  The political elite controlling our government so abused the voters’ trust, Trump became their last resort.  Harnessing a dangerous breed of populism, Trump proved an effective demagogue on the campaign trail- and fear has swept him to the Presidency.

Time will tell?

Time will tell?

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A Most Dangerous Man

We have never elected someone as dangerous as Donald Trump? … Thomas Jefferson commenting on the candidacy of Andrew Jackson in 1824.  Sound familiar?

He is dangerous

He is dangerous

“I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson President.  He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place.  He has had very little respect for laws and constitutions, and is, in fact, an able military chief.  His passions are terrible.  When I was President of the Senate, he was Senator; and he could never speak on account of the rashness of his feelings.  I have seen him attempt it repeatedly, and as often choke with rage.  His passions are, no doubt, cooler now; he has been much tried since I knew him, but he is a dangerous man.”   Thomas Jefferson

 

He is ignorant, passionate, hypocritical, corrupt and easily swayed by the basest men who surround him
Henry Clay

 

 

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False Equivalence

Andrew Jackson was furious with the results of the election of 1824… but never doubted American democracy or the electoral process- he blamed his opponents.  Jackson accepted the outcome and promised to right the wrong in 1828.  Trump threatens litigation and possibly violence in his disregard for our process.

There can be only one Great Orator

There can be only one Great Orator

Clay and Calhoun were thorns in Jackson’s side… and so-called enemies of the “common man.”  Jackson stood against his mortal enemy Clay in the election of 1832 and Calhoun resigned as his Vice President the same year.  Neither man was arrested or charged with any alleged crimes.  Old Hickory waited until the inauguration of Martin Van Buren before finally expressing disgust with his long-time rivals.  Trump threatened to arrest and prosecute his opponent before the election.

Hard to find sizzle in Trump Steaks

Hard to find sizzle in Trump Steaks

There is no comparison between Trump and Jackson… for his many faults, Jackson was a war hero, public servant, and self-made man.  Trump is nothing more than a womanizing, racially divisive demagogue.

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Some Electoral System Required

The movement for a national popular vote should never have started…. cries about democracy ring hollow in a country designed as a republic.  The election of 2016 should stand as definitive proof that a popular vote would diminish the authority of the states and make a mockery of these crucial elected offices.

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Alexander Hamilton understood the dangers in allowing… the easily manipulated masses decide our paramount elections.

“Men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.” Federalist 68

 

Demagogues and hucksters may be able to fool sizable groups… in specific locations(cities) but the Electoral College guards against such trickery,  “Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States”

 

Has there ever been a candidate with such talent for low intrigue and the arts of popularity like Donald Trump?

 

 

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

We are the wretched refuse….

 

  • If there was ever an election to vote third party– this is it
  • The Johnson/Weld ticket is the most trustworthy, hands down
  • Why not just ask about Syria?
  • The media should not be in the business of proving points
  • I had no idea where Aleppo was
  • Wasn’t Aleppo the sixth Marx brother?
  • Clinton vs. Trump =  Blaine vs. Cleveland
  • The United States needs a new party- not another third party, but an entirely new party
  • The Republican party is crumbling before our eyes
  • Trump should have taken the auto tour in Gettysburg
  • No candidate or politician should ever compare their speech at Gettysburg to Lincoln’s
  • Populism has never had a positive impact on this country
  • Demagogues thrive on populism
  • Populism always involves healthy doses of fear and resentment 
  • Trump’s talk of “settling scores”  comes directly out of Germany in the 1930’s
  • PracticallyHistorical.net  endorses the Johnson/Weld ticket in 2016
  • Voting is a privilege that can never be overrated 

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Not Reality TV

Trump’s inability to accept the inevitable was on full display last night… he’s losing this campaign and will fall in the election by a yuuuuuge margin.  Scowling his way through the final debate, Trump hinted again at not accepting defeat on Nov. 9.   Rather than admit his shortcomings as a candidate, he has perpetrated the false narrative of a “rigged system.”  His colossal insecurity is actively undermining our democracy.  Media bias is not “rigging the system”, it is simply a response to HIS OWN hostility.  If this irresponsible rhetoric causes any illegal or destructive behavior by his followers, Trump must be held accountable. 

Already a sore loser

Already a sore loser

Attempts to link Trump’s absurd notion of refusing to accept election outcomes… with Al Gore’s actions in 2000 fail the test of history.   Gore drew back his concession because the decisive electoral verdict would come from a state that had instituted and mandatory recount.  Florida went to George W. Bush by a margin of 537 votes.   Gore’s hesitation was understandable, his continued litigation, debatable.

Counting votes

Counting votes

The election of 2016 is not coming down to one state… the electoral result is going to be decisive.  Any attempt to claim that it was somehow stolen, or manipulated is foolish talk from an irresponsible candidate.

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