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Presidents on the Move

2016 will bring a new President, and thus, new Presidential rankings….

History is constantly evolving and changing…. so is this list.

Can't we all just get along?

Can’t we all just get along?

George W. Bush ^  :  Loathed by modern “progressives,”  any historian worth his/her salt should have suggested patience. Presidents must not be judged immediately following their terms, nor soon after elections.  Many of Bush’s policies are now being viewed as successful- see the Surge, and TARP.  Despite the vitriol still spewed by his critics, W’s historical stock is rising.

Civil Rights Rube...

Civil Rights Rube…

LBJ  v :  Recent release of Oval Office recordings revealed Lyndon Johnson at his worstModern depictions of him in films like “Selma” have also cast doubt on his civil rights legacy.  No other President has experienced this sort of roller coaster ranking,  and this year appears to be a straight drop for “Landslide Lyndon.”

Ike

Dwight Eisenhower ^ :  Soon to be memorialized on the National Mall, Ike is liked once again.  Historians are beginning to appreciate his cool demeanor and bipartisan political record The current Republican party should do some soul searching when viewing its current obsession with ideological purity.

Professor know-it-all

Professor know-it-all

Woodrow Wilson v :   The recent uproar at Princeton over the racist legacy of its most famous history professor has everyone reconsidering our view of the Progressive champion.  Proper scrutiny is now being leveled against Wilson’s policies- many of them created as a result of his distrust of the Constitution and disregard for the Declaration of Independence.

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Presidential Campaign Scandals part 1

As the current crop of presidential contenders…  battle a salacious media digging for skeletons in all the respective closets–Let’s take a look back at the history of campaign scandals.

Grover Cleveland was campaigning to be… the first Democratic President in 25 years in 1884.  Cleveland faced many electoral obstacles, but an unusually large number of personal troubles plagued his campaign.  Cleveland was a bachelor  which brought more scrutiny on his private life.  In July, rumors began to spread of Cleveland fathering a child out-of-wedlock  with a widow from Buffalo.  Republican nominee, James G. Blaine ran an active campaign delivering over 400 speeches in 1884.  Things looked rosy for Blaine as election day approached, he needed to mark time and wait for the results.

Could a scandal be worse than this?

The election of 1884… provided one of the earliest examples of the “October surprise.”  Blaine was all but elected in late October until  one week before the election.  Blaine attended a rally at a protestant church in New York City that got a little out of hand.  The minister was castigating Republicans who supported (Mugwumps)  Cleveland when he shouted Democrats lived for “Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion!”   Blaine sat in silence, but the damage had been done.  News of the indiscretion spread like wildfire among Catholics, Irish, and working class voters.  Cleveland was propelled to the Presidency.  Blaine is now a footnote.

Leaving scandal in his wake

Cleveland survived what seemed to be… an insurmountable scandal.  His strategy was simple; tell the truth.  He admitted to paying the widow child support, though at least two other men could have been the child’s father.  Cleveland ran an open campaign and never evaded questions about the issue.  In the end, he appeared truthful and Blaine looked like the dishonest scandal-monger.  Do today’s candidates have the same courage Cleveland possessed?

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

I have blog, hear me roar….I guess.

  • We only have ourselves to blame for this Trump candidacy
  • Harry Truman lost the New Hampshire primary to a guy in a coonskin cap- perspective matters
  • John Kasich is experienced, seasoned, reasonable, and very electable- no wonder Republicans hate him…
  • Votes against Clinton and Bush are votes against oligarchy
  • The incessant purifying of the Republican party will be its downfall…
  • A moderate Democrat is needed now, more than ever
  • We need fewer, yet motivated people in college- not more disinterested students enticed by free tuition  
  • Bernie Sanders shouldn’t give up his night job….heckling the Muppets
  • Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill were not golfing buddies- they were political rivals who compromised often…for the good of the country.
  • There is nothing more dangerous to liberty than a second-term President nearing the end of his time in office…
  • One of the current political parties has overstayed its welcome…. flip a coin
  • A Trump administration will undoubtedly call for a third incarnation of the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities –  I can’t wait to be called
  • Corporate charter schools are becoming part of the problem in education reform-  nonprofit charters are the only answer
  • School Choice still works- keep the corporate money out.
  • You will really “Feel the Bern”  on tax day…

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New Hampshire Lunacy

Anything can happen in the New Hampshire primary… ask Harry Truman.

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Truman’s popularity was at an all time low in 1952… but Harry had beat the odds before.  He was challenged in the 1952 New Hampshire primary by Estes Kefauver- a homespun Senator from Tennessee.  The first politician to proudly wear a coonskin cap since David Crockett, Kefauver used his folksy demeanor and no nonsense reputation to upset the incumbent.  Truman saw the writing on the wall and withdrew.

Estes was "bestes"

Estes was “bestes”

Expect the unexpected in today’s primary… the voters of New Hampshire rarely disappoint.

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Presidents on the Move

2016 will bring a new President, and thus, new Presidential rankings….

History is constantly evolving and changing…. so is this list.

Can't we all just get along?

Can’t we all just get along?

George W. Bush ^  :  Loathed by modern “progressives,”  any historian worth his/her salt should have suggested patience. Presidents must not be judged immediately following their terms, nor soon after elections.  Many of Bush’s policies are now being viewed as successful- see the Surge, and TARP.  Despite the vitriol still spewed by his critics, W’s historical stock is rising.

Civil Rights Rube...

Civil Rights Rube…

LBJ  v :  Recent release of Oval Office recordings revealed Lyndon Johnson at his worstModern depictions of him in films like “Selma” have also cast doubt on his civil rights legacy.  No other President has experienced this sort of roller coaster ranking,  and this year appears to be a straight drop for “Landslide Lyndon.”

Ike

Dwight Eisenhower ^ :  Soon to be memorialized on the National Mall, Ike is liked once again.  Historians are beginning to appreciate his cool demeanor and bipartisan political record The current Republican party should do some soul searching when viewing its current obsession with ideological purity.

Professor know-it-all

Professor know-it-all

Woodrow Wilson v :   The recent uproar at Princeton over the racist legacy of its most famous history professor has everyone reconsidering our view of the Progressive champion.  Proper scrutiny is now being leveled against Wilson’s policies- many of them created as a result of his distrust of the Constitution and disregard for the Declaration of Independence.

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No Comparison at All

Listen to these words, I promise they're important

Listen to these words, I promise they’re important

Silly observers viewed President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union… address as some great moment in presidential oratory.  His supporters fawned over the milk-toast delivery and listless platitudes.  In politics, perception is indeed, reality- Obama’s supporters will always perceive him as a transcendental figure in our pantheon.  Many of us, simply yawned…

 

Here is what a substantive, memorable, and historic Annual Message… sounds like:

Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We, even we here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free–honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just–a way which if followed the world will forever applaud and God must forever bless.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN
This is how you finish a speech....

This is how you finish a speech….

 

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Presidential Campaign Scandals part 1

As the current crop of presidential contenders…  battle a salacious media digging for skeletons in all the respective closets–Let’s take a look back at the history of campaign scandals.

Grover Cleveland was campaigning to be… the first Democratic President in 25 years in 1884.  Cleveland faced many electoral obstacles, but an unusually large number of personal troubles plagued his campaign.  Cleveland was a bachelor  which brought more scrutiny on his private life.  In July, rumors began to spread of Cleveland fathering a child out-of-wedlock  with a widow from Buffalo.  Republican nominee, James G. Blaine ran an active campaign delivering over 400 speeches in 1884.  Things looked rosy for Blaine as election day approached, he needed to mark time and wait for the results.

Could a scandal be worse than this?

The election of 1884… provided one of the earliest examples of the “October surprise.”  Blaine was all but elected in late October until  one week before the election.  Blaine attended a rally at a protestant church in New York City that got a little out of hand.  The minister was castigating Republicans who supported (Mugwumps)  Cleveland when he shouted Democrats lived for “Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion!”   Blaine sat in silence, but the damage had been done.  News of the indiscretion spread like wildfire among Catholics, Irish, and working class voters.  Cleveland was propelled to the Presidency.  Blaine is now a footnote.

Leaving scandal in his wake

Cleveland survived what seemed to be… an insurmountable scandal.  His strategy was simple; tell the truth.  He admitted to paying the widow child support, though at least two other men could have been the child’s father.  Cleveland ran an open campaign and never evaded questions about the issue.  In the end, he appeared truthful and Blaine looked like the dishonest scandal-monger.  Do today’s candidates have the same courage Cleveland possessed?

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