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Weekly History News Roundup

Little noticed Confederate monument now controversial… most in St. Louis unaware of its existence 

 

WWI MIA rediscovered by amateur historians... Government had lost the man’s records in paperwork.

 

JFK turns 100… Why he remains one of our most popular leaders

 

Baltimore mayor contemplates removing monuments… Confederate monuments to Lee and Jackson are considered offensive

 

Trump marks Memorial Day at ArlingtonPresident offers appropriate remarks to families of veterans

 

The lost cause

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On Impeachment

Supporters of corrupt Presidents, from Andrew Johnson to Bill Clinton… all use the same erroneous argument about the Impeachment provision of the Constitution.  “But he didn’t commit a high crime!”   

 

If only our Framers had specific indictable crimes in mind when they included… the all important Impeachment provision.  The historical record clearly shows “High crimes and misdemeanors”  is a standard based on all facets of public conduct.

Listen to this rap

In Federalist 65, Hamilton writes : “those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”

 

Madison argues in the Convention debates that impeachment can be used if the President “fails to discharge the duties of his office.”  

The Framer

“it will make him in a peculiar manner, responsible for [the] conduct” of executive officers. subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses.”

 

Should we scrutinize the current occupant of the White House more diligently? 

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It was Never the Tariff

Historians, politicians, and neo-secessionists who argue that the Civil War… was caused by the Federal government’s manipulation of tariffs are at best terribly deluded, at worst, they are scurrilous ideologues with a shameful political agenda.

A brief history lesson for Tom DiLorenzo, Governor Greg Abbott, President Donald Trump, the Freedom Caucus, Ron and Rand Paul,  and any other woefully misguided students of history:

  • Article 1, Section 8  of the Federal Constitution- The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States………   Really, this should explain it, but secessionists were never concerned with Constitutional restraint.
  • The first tariff in our history was signed into law by George Washington on July 4, 1789.
  • The Walker Tariff of 1845 slashed duties in place since the Whig’s controlled Congress- A southern coalition pushed for the reduction
  • Tariffs were reduced again in 1852 and 1857.  The 1857 tariff was only 18%- the lowest since the 18th century.
  • The Morrill Tariff of 1861 was not passed until Southerners had already resigned from Congress.  During the secession crisis, Southern Senators had blocked the increase.  When in place, it raised the duty from 18-36%.

The Civil War was caused by slavery-  not tariffs. 

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Brief History Lesson for Our Leader

Donald Trump continues to display a disturbing ignorance of American history…  A recent interview with a friendly reporter on Sirius Radio gave President Trump the opportunity to question the necessity of the Civil War.

Confederates in the attic

“People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”

Look how far we’ve fallen

Slavery, Mr. President–  The Rebellious states started the war, Lincoln finished it…. It would be no surprise if Trump’s understanding of Civil War history came from an academic huckster like Tom DiLorenzo.   Clearly, Trump is pandering to his ultra-right wing, states rights base.

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

Who has the best words?

  • Strange we hold a television news host to a tougher standard than our President
  • The most dangerous thing about Trump is his lack of the most basic knowledge about every pertinent policy issue facing this country today 
  • Trump knows very little about history- his discovery of Lincoln’s membership in the Republican party was both sad and amusing 
  • The world is perilously close to war, Trump thought it important to hangout with The Nuge…
  • Cultural appropriation and cultural relativism always seem to be utilized by the same people
  • Free speech should avoid college campuses
  • Remember when safe spaces were in parking lots?
  • Civil War history is under attack in this country- we should all be alarmed
  • We cannot erase our history to satisfy the convenience of political correctness
  • Charlottesville’s decision to “sell”  Lee’s monument is farce 
  • The Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s decision  to call a renovated room in Monticello “Sally’s Quarters”, based on conjecture and innuendo is farce 
  • Betsy DeVos is giving school choice a bad name
  • It’s only a matter of time before social justice warriors begin protesting Confederate Civil War reenactors

The Marble Model for sale

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Weekly History News Roundup

Anniversary of “Seward’s Folly” raises doubts in Russia… right wing in Russia questions the sale of Alaska

 

German radicals call for a new Reichthe right wing in Germany questions validity of post Hitler government

 

Trump’s poor grasp of history is troubling… the President lacks basic knowledge and respect for predecessors

 

James K. Polk cannot stay buriedTennessee politicians look to move him for fourth time since 1849

 

April 1st is also Park Day with the National Park Servicejoin cleanup efforts in 130 parks nationwide

 

On the move….again

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Would He Belong?

Would Dwight D. Eisenhower be welcomed in today’s Republican party?… Today’s GOP- dominated by fiscal Conservatives like the so-called “freedom caucus;”  scrawny descendants of  Do-Nothings of the 80th Congress   who obstruct, protest, and bloviate over the slightest Federal spending.  The insistence on labeling government programs as “entitlements” will give these rank amateurs undue influence in policy making.  Programs like Social Security, GI Bill, unemployment insurance, the interstate system, Civil Rights and the National Parks are all seen as drains on our government and in need of outsourcing.

Let’s build interstates

Eisenhower oversaw the expansion of all these “drains” and expanded so-called entitlements ….  and had a very different view of governing:

In all those things which deal with people, be liberal, be human. In all those things which deal with people’s money, or their economy, or their form of government, be conservative.”

 

Ike’s domestic policy was bold and equitable in the face of … the traditions of his party.  Sadly, such a leader would be expelled by today’s Republicans–  no longer the party of Lincoln. 

 

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