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  • President Trump May Not Get an Invite to Notre Dame Graduation

    12/07/2016 8:51:37 AM PST · by Bronzy · 31 replies
    Sojourners ^ | 12/06/2016 | David Gibson
    If President Obama’s appearance at the Notre Dame commencement in 2009 sparked an unprecedented uproar among American Catholics, imagine what inviting President Trump to graduation might provoke That concern is making Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, think twice about making a pitch for the incoming U.S. president to receive an honorary degree...spoke to the student newspaper December 2, 2016.
  • Jimmy Carter's Anti-Semitism

    12/01/2016 6:00:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 1, 2016 | Fay Voshell
    It appears former president Jimmy Carter, now 92 years old, has yet to meet a tyrant he doesn’t admire. His continuing embrace of terrorist regimes makes some wonder when we will see the cessation of his continual self-exhumations from political burial in order to once again resume his prophetic declamations on behalf of odious regimes, past and present. Carter’s latest declamation on the demise of the pitiless tyrant Fidel Castro reveals once again his lifelong empathy for totalitarian regimes: “Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We...
  • Jimmy Carter remembers Fidel Castro ‘fondly’

    11/26/2016 8:57:04 AM PST · by PROCON · 78 replies
    politics.blog.myajc.com ^ | Nov. 26, 2016 | Greg Bluestein
    Former President Jimmy Carter had kind words for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died Friday, saying in a statement he and his wife “remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country.” Castro, who was 90, was long a scourge of the U.S. who brought the Cold War to America’s doorstep. But he and Carter, a Georgia native, had warmer relations. Carter took a step to normalize relations between the two nations during his presidency, and the two shared several visits, including a 2011 journey where Castro called Carter a “friend.”
  • What President Rutherford B. Hayes said in 1888 [Vanity]

    11/26/2016 12:48:57 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 33 replies
    wikiquote.org ^ | March 11, 1888 | President Rutherford Birchard Hayes
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 19th President of the United States wrote: The real difficulty is with the vast wealth and power in the hands of the few and the unscrupulous who represent or control capital. Hundreds of laws of Congress and the state legislatures are in the interest of these men and against the interests of workingmen. These need to be exposed and repealed. All laws on corporations, on taxation, on trusts, wills, descent, and the like, need examination and extensive change. This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a...
  • How FDR Politicized Thanksgiving

    11/24/2016 5:06:49 PM PST · by OddLane · 18 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | November 24, 2016 | Tho Bishop
    Call me old-fashioned, but one thing I am always thankful for every Thanksgiving is the blessing of not having Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the White House. After all, of all the heroes of the American progressive movement, few have quite the record of sins as FDR. The man routinely celebrated in the halls of academia was guilty of Japanese internment camps, stealing Americans' gold, prolonging the Great Depression, and establishing a number of Federal agencies that continue to haunt the American economy today. But perhaps one of the most absurd examples of Roosevelt’s Presidential arrogance was his attempt in 1939...
  • JFK's assassination seems like yesterday

    11/22/2016 5:21:19 AM PST · by luke1825 · 104 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 11/23 | Peter Lucas
    THREE SHOTS FIRED AT PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S MOTORCADE TODAY IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. That was the United Press International bulletin that came over the clattering teletype machine. It was early afternoon Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 -- 53 years ago today. I looked at the bulletin in shock. I turned to tell someone, but there was no one in sight. I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. I was a young reporter for the Boston Herald Traveler checking out the Canadian ambassador to the United States who was speaking at a luncheon of bankers and financie
  • Roger Stone makes the case against LBJ

    11/21/2016 7:22:51 AM PST · by fishtank · 59 replies
    Roger Stone ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Roger Stone
    Published on Dec 2, 2014 Roger Stone spoke recently at the JFK Conference in Arlington, Texas.
  • DEATH THREATS AND THE CANDIDATE

    11/19/2016 4:40:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/19/16 | Jeffrey A. Friedberg
    A Prescient Fiction Short Story Companion Piece to Responsibility for Donald Trump’s personal safety is Obama’s “If the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, and his Chief of the DHS, Jeh Charles Johnson, are not responsible for the physical safety of apparent President Elect Donald Trump, then who is? It would be better if NOTHING happens to Trump while these two are in charge of security and protection.” Jeffrey A. Friedberg, Retired Security Professional, 11/18/2016 A Prescient Fiction Short Story, From “What The Hell Was That?” October, 2015? EXCERPT: “Mr. President, I’ll be brief: our own internal polling...
  • U.Va. professors ask (their University's) president to stop quoting Thomas Jefferson

    11/14/2016 9:33:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 14, 2016 | Jessica Chasmer
    Hundreds of students and faculty at the University of Virginia have asked the school’s president to stop quoting President Thomas Jefferson, the university’s founder, because of his slave-owning past. The letter garnered 469 signatures before being sent to University President Teresa Sullivan on Friday, The Cavalier Daily reported. It was prompted by an email sent last week by Ms. Sullivan promoting unity in light of Donald Trump’s presidential victory.  “Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend that University of Virginia students ‘are not of ordinary significance only: they are exactly the persons who are to succeed to the government of our country, and...
  • Professors ask [UVa Pres] Sullivan to stop quoting Jefferson [ed]

    11/14/2016 11:49:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    The Cavalier Daily ^ | November 13, 2016 | Kate Bellows
    Several groups on Grounds collaborated to write a letter to University President Teresa Sullivan against the inclusion of a Thomas Jefferson quote in her post-election email Nov. 9. In the email, Sullivan encouraged students to unite in the wake of contentious results, arguing that University students have the responsibility of creating the future they want for themselves.
  • Teddy Roosevelt Gave Speech After Being Shot

    11/06/2016 2:58:27 AM PST · by Montana_Sam · 12 replies
    History.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Christopher Klein
    "It is a very natural thing," he said, "that weak and vicious minds should be inflamed to acts of violence by the kind of awful mendacity and abuse that have been heaped upon me for the last three months by the papers."
  • 120 Years Ago: UPRISING OF A GREAT PEOPLE: Anarchy and Repudiation Trampled Under Foot

    11/04/2016 1:40:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | Wednesday November 4, 1896 | New York Tribune
    McKinley wins in electoral landslide. Full edition of the New York Tribune at the link.
  • Brian Kilmeade: How Thomas Jefferson abandoned diplomacy and changed US history

    10/17/2016 5:40:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | October 16, 2016 | Brian Kilmeade
    In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then a minister to the French government of Louis XVI, had a concern more intimidating than anything else he’d faced before: the threat of pirates off the coast of North Africa, a region known as the Barbary Coast. These pirates had already taken over two American ships, the Dauphin and the Maria, plundering their goods and taking their crews hostage. Unfortunately, this was a common fate for ships venturing near the area, where the Sahara’s arid coast was divided into four Islamic nation-states. Running west to east were the Barbary nations Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and...
  • California Number of Popular Votes for the Republican Candidate from 1900 to 2012

    09/28/2016 3:30:31 PM PDT · by autopica · 7 replies
    Autopica ^ | Sept 22, 2-16 | Autopica
    🐴 2004: 5509826 Republican Party Candidate: Mr. George W. Bush In office: Mr. George Walker Bush (2001–2009) on behalf of the Republican Party (Start: January 20, 2001 - End: January 20, 2009) 🐌 1984: 5467009 Republican Party Candidate: Mr. Ronald Reagan In office: Mr. Ronald Wilson Reagan (1981–1989) on behalf of the Republican Party (Start: January 20, 1981 - End: January 20, 1989) 🐸 1988: 5054917 Republican Party Candidate: Mr. George H.W. Bush In office: Mr. Ronald Wilson Reagan (1981–1989) on behalf of the Republican Party (Start: January 20, 1981 - End: January 20, 1989) 🐍 2008: 5011781 Republican Party...
  • Flashback: President George HW Bush Oval Office Speech on 1992 LA Riots

    09/22/2016 7:50:30 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 18 replies
    Video via YouTube ^ | May 1, 1992
    "What we saw last night and the night before in Los Angeles is not about civil rights. It's not about the great cause of equality that all Americans must uphold. It's not a message of protest. It's been the brutality of a mob, pure and simple. And let me assure you: I will use whatever force is necessary to restore order. What is going on in L.A. must and will stop. As your President I guarantee you this violence will end... "...In a civilized society, there can be no excuse, no excuse for the murder, arson, theft, and vandalism that...
  • March organizer wants to tear down Andrew Jackson statue

    09/23/2016 1:31:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies
    http://wgno.com ^ | 9/19/16 | MARK DEANE
    NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Community activist Malcolm Suber believes tearing down the Andrew Jackson statue in the heart of Jackson Square and the French Quarter is an act of civil rights.“We want every white supremacy monument in this city taken down,” he says.Suber is a coordinator of the group Take Em Down NOLA, which is planning a march this Saturday (September 24). It will start in Congo Square and end in Jackson Square, possibly with marchers using ropes to remove the statue dedicated to the seventh U.S. President and the hero of the Battle of New Orleans.“We think that this...
  • Like Ike? A Trump presidency could mirror Eisenhower

    09/20/2016 11:06:55 PM PDT · by TBP · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 19, 2016 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    With swing-state polls reportedly driving some nervous Hillary Clinton supporters to check out housing prices in Canada, attention is turning to what many in both parties thought the impossible -- a Donald Trump presidency and what it might look like. Though the temperament and personality hardly match, there are enough parallels between the high-energy business tycoon and Dwight D. Eisenhower to make the avuncular Ike's Oval Office tenure six decades ago a predictor of a Trump presidency's features. The World War II hero and five-star Army general credited with winning the war in Europe wasn't rigidly ideological any more than...
  • WHY WOULD WE ELECT TO THE PRESIDENCY A GUY WHO...?

    09/01/2016 9:27:37 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 25 replies
    Vanity ^ | 9/1/2016 | Dick Bachert
    WHY WOULD WE ELECT PRESIDENT A GUY WHO...? Why would this country elect as president some guy who was known to regale friends with nigger* jokes, grew up with a boyhood hatred of slavery because his father regularly hired him out for heavy manual labor then confiscated his earnings, had a history of depression, was suicidal from time to time (in his defense, probably due to the death of his young son, but suicidal nonetheless) and eventually started an internecine war ostensibly to halt a slavery that was, due to its inherent inefficiency, fading out – and during which he...
  • Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to be renamed (Because...Racism!)

    08/25/2016 9:54:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    wistv.com ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | LaDonna Beeker
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina's Democratic Party will no longer use the name of two former presidents who were slave owners in its name for an annual fundraiser. The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, which is scheduled for Sept. 30, will be renamed after this year's event, according to a spokesman for the SCDP. It was named after former presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
  • 1912 U.S. Election Campaign Speech Audio (Teddy Roosevelt)

    08/14/2016 9:02:52 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1912 | Theodore Roosevelt (audio recording)
    Live phonograph recording of former president Teddy Roosevelt speech regarding special interest corruption in the Democrat and Republican parties, given more than a century ago (1912). Words are just as true today as they were then. Could have been spoken by Donald Trump. Worth a listen, despite the poor audio quality.
  • Some great leaders had mental illness-it may have helped (Pro-Hillary piece?)

    08/11/2016 5:45:57 AM PDT · by libertarian27 · 65 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 11, 2016 | Seht Borenstein
    Some of America's greatest leaders in history have had mental health problems and it may have helped in times of crisis, psychiatrists and psychologists said. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, along with Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., all struggled with mental health issues, often depression, said Tufts University psychiatry professor Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, who has written about historical figures' psychological issues. He also points to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and India's Mahatma Gandhi as major historical figures who thrived while having emotional issues.
  • Carr: Ask not who’s the most qualified to be president [Ha=Hillary-ous]

    07/30/2016 6:47:12 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 30, 2015 | Howie Carr
    Obama really said this Wednesday night: “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.” You don’t say, Mr. President? So why don’t we size up her, uh, qualifications, eminent as they might be, compared to some of the prior, lesser 44 occupants of the office. Dwight Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander. Hillary ran the Bimbo Eruptions Unit. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Hillary wrote “It Takes a Village.” Teddy Roosevelt...
  • Judge frees President Reagan's would-be killer Hinckley

    07/27/2016 8:01:42 AM PDT · by Donglalinger · 54 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | July 27, 2016 | Ian Simpson
    John Hinckley Jr., who wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt prompted by his mental illness, should be freed after 35 years and released to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
  • Carter: Trump 'violates' our founding principles

    07/27/2016 5:26:40 AM PDT · by kevcol · 56 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 26, 2016 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Jimmy Carter ripped Donald Trump in a video address to Democratic delegates Tuesday night by claiming the Republican presidential nominee has "violated some of the most important moral and ethical principles on which our nation was founded." The 39th president predicted this election will affect Americans "for generations" and praised Hillary Clinton as the ideal candidate to be competing against Trump.
  • Richard M. Nixon Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech 1968

    07/22/2016 6:13:46 AM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 7 replies
    4President.Org ^ | 07-22-2016 | Richard M. Nixon
    Nixon Agnew 1968 (Click to Return to 1968 Page) Richard M. Nixon Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech Republican National Convention Miami Beach, Florida August 8, 1968 Mr. Chairman, delegates to this convention, my fellow Americans. Sixteen years ago I stood before this Convention to accept your nomination as the running mate of one of the greatest Americans of our time -- or of any time -- Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eight years ago, I had the highest honor of accepting your nomination for President of the United States. Tonight, I again proudly accept that nomination for President of the United States. But...
  • Review: Brion McClanahan’s

    06/28/2016 1:47:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | Jack Kerwick
    A friend and colleague of mine just sent me a NY Times article by Robert Reich in which the latter contends that the Republicans are acting “unconstitutionally” by refusing hearings to any of Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. I replied—admittedly, a bit too abruptly—that the Democrats feign concern about abiding by the Constitution only when it suits their purposes. I stand by this position. But I know that the same can be said for Republicans. Brion McClanahan’s latest book underscores in spades this bipartisan disregard of the Constitution. His 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to...
  • Fox News host Bret Baier working on book about Eisenhower

    06/20/2016 5:31:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 7:35 AM EDT
    Fox News host and chief political anchor Bret Baier is working on a book about the waning days of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency and the beginning of John F. Kennedy’s administration. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, told The Associated Press on Monday that Baier’s “Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission” would come out in January, around the time the successor to President Barack Obama will be sworn in. …
  • Jody Hice pushes for Nancy Reagan Memorial Park

    06/16/2016 6:06:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2016
    An airplane landing at Reagan National Airport, over Gravelly Point Park — which some say should be renamed Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. (ted eylan) In the typical whirlwind of legislation comes H.R. 5457, a nice breeze of a bill was introduced this week by Rep. Jody Hice. The Georgia Republican simply proposes that Gravelly Point Park — located on the Potomac River at the foot of the main runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport — be renamed Nancy Reagan Memorial Park. It is a petite, scenic and unique park. Aircraft thunder directly overhead, families picnic, and the grand...
  • Teddy Roosevelt was Right: No Hyphenated-Americans

    06/03/2016 1:58:14 PM PDT · by pboyington · 4 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 3, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In an address to the Knights of Columbus in Manhattan on October 12, 1915, President Teddy Roosevelt remarked: "There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.” “This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a...
  • Philippine President elect Duterte delivers his first instructions to his cabinet

    06/02/2016 6:41:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 32 replies
    Duterte News .. (uh oh) ^ | June 2, 2016 | dutertenews
    I've been excited about Duterte for a couple of years
  • JFK's love letter to mistress one month before death will be auctioned

    06/02/2016 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 119 replies
    WCVB.COM ^ | 02 JUNE 2016 | CONOR ROCHE
    BOSTON —President John F. Kennedy’s love letter to an alleged secret mistress will be put up for auction by RR Auction. The four-page love letter was written to Mary Pinchot Meyer, a Kennedy family friend and wife of CIA agent Cord Meyer, in October 1963, a month before the president’s assassination.
  • Jenna Bush Hager Offers Advice to Sasha and Malia on Life Post-White House

    05/13/2016 8:21:52 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    The First Daughters club is a small one. And while there are certainly advantages to growing up in the White House, living out your formative years in the public eye is an experience that very few can ever fully understand. So you know former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager meant it when she said, "They need none!" when asked what advice she had for the Obama girls as they prepare to leave the White House. "They are such remarkable girls—they've done such a terrific job," Hager continued in a recent interview with Time magazine about her new book, Our Great...
  • Good thing the #NeverTrumpers aren’t running for president

    05/09/2016 8:25:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Because presidents - like CEOs and other leaders - don't get to sit out or make delusional fantasyland choices when none of the options are appealing Here’s a scenario a real president could face one day soon: Mr. President, Russia has amassed troops on the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic. Putin has cut off all diplomatic contact with the U.S. No negotiations are possible. We can send troops to defend our allies. If we do, we’re looking at the potential for World War III. If we don’t, we will be in violation of our NATO obligations and we...
  • With Trump now the GOP nominee, both former presidents Bush plan to sit out presidential race

    05/05/2016 8:55:48 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 71 replies
    Dallas News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Tom Benning
    AUSTIN — With Donald Trump now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, former President George W. Bush “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential race,” a spokesman said Wednesday. ... And George W. Bush — whose decision was first reported by The Associated Press – isn’t the only one in his family who will be sitting out the election. A spokesman for George H.W. Bush told The Texas Tribune that the former president is “retired from politics.” “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb,” Bush 41 spokesman Jim McGrath told the media...
  • Bush 41, 43 Won’t Be Endorsing Trump

    05/05/2016 8:25:57 AM PDT · by detective · 81 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | May 5, 2016 | Doug Mataconis
    The only two living Republican former Presidents have no plan to endorse Donald Trump: For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office — and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well. Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed every Republican nominee for the last five election cycles, will stay out of the campaign process this time. He does not have plans to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, spokesman Jim McGrath told The Texas Tribune.
  • Remembering a Comment on the Occasion of Carter's Loss to Reagan

    05/04/2016 9:44:58 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 28 replies
    Freep | 04/04/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    "Politicians are the People Who Ran for Class President." I find the whole election so far, hilarious, because, it's been like knocking the walls with a sledgehammer in an old Greasy Spoon to get the roaches to scurry out, seeing the Neo-Conservatives so up in arms over the loss of their supposedly non-existent, elite privileges. So, can anyone come up with the source for this? This was remarked upon, on the occasion of Jimmy Carter's disgrace at the hands of conservative Cro-Magnon Ronald Reagan. (It's an anti-pejorative, since we are all Cro-Magnons, it's the Neanderthals who are knuckle-draggers.) It's...
  • Do Not Weep for Andrew Jackson

    04/21/2016 8:31:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2016 | by DAN MCLAUGHLIN
    Politico reports that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is set to announce that Alexander Hamilton will get a reprieve and remain on the $10 bill, while Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20, and Treasury will make other changes including “putting leaders of the women’s suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil-rights era leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill” while relocating Jackson to less desirable real estate (his own Trail of Tears, one might say) on the back of the $20. There are a few...
  • Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

    04/20/2016 9:22:20 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 211 replies
    Harriet Tubman is going to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, according to a report. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to make the announcement on Wednesday, according to Politico. Sources told the site that he has also decided to keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill.
  • Hamilton to Stay on $10 bill, Jackson Will be Replaced on $20

    04/19/2016 1:47:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    After much speculation on the possible replacement of Alexander Hamilton’s portrait on the $10 bill, it appears the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury will stay put on the heavily-circulated note. While the high-profile support voiced by the cast and creator of the popular Broadway musical, Hamilton, could not have hurt the founding father’s case to remain on the 10, it seems current Treasury Secretary Jack Lew counts himself among Hamilton’s admirers and was reluctant to replace him from the beginning. This doesn’t mean things will stay as they are. CNN notes that a “mural-style depiction of the women’s suffrage...
  • Five Best [books]: Robert W. Merry on presidential campaigns

    04/16/2016 5:32:29 PM PDT · by statestreet · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2016 | Robert W, Merry
    The Making of the President, 1960 By Theodore H. White (1961) 1. Reporter Teddy White kicked up a sensation with his narrative of the tumult, gamesmanship and drama of the 1960 campaign. He rendered in vivid detail the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of the spectacle. On Election Day at Hyannisport, John Kennedy didn’t just light up a cigar while awaiting election results—it was a “Havana Royal panatela.” After lunch the candidate emerged from his house wearing a pair of shoes, one of which was “glossily polished, as usual—the other scuffed and dirty.” Thus did White transport his readers to...
  • Cal Silent No More

    04/07/2016 6:49:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 6, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Clearly we have to reach beyond academia if we want to reclaim our history. "Calvin Coolidge had four percent growth which candidates today only talk about as a goal," Amity Shlaes, the former Wall Street Journal reporter turned Coolidge biographer, said of the much-maligned former president. Shlaes, who has also written critically of FDR, was the luncheon speaker at the annual national meeting of the Philadelphia Society, a group of conservative intellectuals, formed in the wake of the Goldwater defeat of 1964. Seventy-three percent was the top tax rate in 1923, Shlaes noted at the Philadelphia Society’s meeting in Charlotte,...
  • Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson: From Sally Hemmings to His "Deism"

    04/02/2016 12:11:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/02/2016 | Richard Kirk
    What kind of criticism would prompt a major publisher to withdraw from circulation a New York Times bestseller by a recognized scholar? One would think the objections would have to be weighty and the critics unquestioned experts in the particular field. In the case of "The Jefferson Lies", one would be mistaken to make those assumptions. In 2012, David Barton's popular analysis of Thomas Jefferson was pulled by the book's publisher, Thomas Nelson, based on what appears to have been an academic putsch designed to protect the now popular view of the third president as a secular deist and hypocritical...
  • Fmr Presidential Adviser (Erlichman) Confesses: Nixon Invented Drug War to Decimate Hippies

    03/22/2016 4:28:55 PM PDT · by drewh · 139 replies
    Reason.org ^ | |Mar. 22, 2016 5:15 pm | Robby Soave
    President Richard Nixon launched the War on Drugs for one specific reason: to decimate his perceived political enemies—the anti-war left. That's according to an anecdote in a lengthy cover story for Harper's, in which journalist Dan Baum recounts an interview he conducted with John Erlichman, a former Nixon staffer who was jailed for one year due to his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Unprompted, Erlichman confessed the true purpose of federal drug prohibition: “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal...
  • Our Forgotten Statesman (Happy Birthday, James Madison)

    03/16/2016 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 16 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 16 March 2016 | Walter Williams
    George Washington, our first president, is probably our greatest and most decent statesman. We celebrate Washington's Birthday each February. But March 16th marks the birthday of probably the second-most important and decent American, James Madison. Madison became our fourth president, but his presidency is not the chief source of his greatness. There would have been an entirely different America without Madison's enormous input and foresight at the contentious 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. There were 55 delegates to the convention. Like Madison, some had a formal college education, while others did not. From Madison's notes about the quality of the...
  • 5 Great Presidential Speeches in American History

    Words are important. Any good leader knows this. That is why one of the true marks of a good leader is the ability to communicate ideas and intentions to the people, to motivate them and guide them toward a common goal. In American history, our presidents have used the power of words to guide the people and the nation. Of the millions of words that have been spoken by these 44 men over the past 200-plus years, there are only a handful of times that those words have been used to their maximum effect. These speeches are prime examples of...
  • The President Without a Party

    02/15/2016 8:29:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    John Tyler's presidency was born in a fog of constitutional confusion. On April 4, 1841, President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia, just one month into his term as the nation's ninth chief executive. It was the first time a president had died in office, and no one could say with certainty what was supposed to happen next. The relevant language in the Constitution was murky: "In case of the [president's] death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office," commands Article II, Section 1, "the same shall devolve on the vice president." But the antecedent...
  • Lincoln’s Birthday Reflections: His insights on liberty and tyranny still ring true today

    02/12/2016 11:59:28 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2.12.16 | Kevin Portteus
    Abraham Lincoln told an 1864 audience that "the world has never had a good definition of the word 'liberty.'" Different people can define liberty in different, even contradictory ways, so that both sides in a conflict can claim to the mantle of liberty. That was exactly the situation in the Civil War: Slaveholders defined liberty in such a way as to make themselves the guardians of liberty... The South's liberty was the liberty to hold other people as chattel slaves. What the slaveholders called liberty, the North quite rightly called tyranny; namely, the systematic deprivation of the natural rights of...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former President Jimmy Carter Says He's Not Cancer-Free: 'I'm Still Taking Treatments'

    01/25/2016 3:07:03 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    ETOnline ^ | January 25th 2016 | Zach Seemayer
    Jimmy Carter says his body is responding well to treatments, but the former U.S. President says he's not entirely free from cancer. Speaking exclusively with ET's Brooke Anderson in Plains, Georgia, during the Painting, Paula [Deen] and a President fundraiser, Carter opened up about the struggle he still faces. "They haven't detected any cancer, but sometimes the cancer spots [return]," Carter said, "including in my brain."
  • Angry voters’ choice: new face or Clinton devil?

    01/18/2016 11:55:09 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/18/16 | David Hunter
    I suspect that fate will turn on the small issues of steadfastness, trustworthiness and mostly likability Americans will take a lot, but they will not tolerate the continuing destruction of their nation by elites in both parties who believe they are untouchable.—Monica Crowley In the final analysis (while I affirm Ms. Crowley’s optimistic tone) maybe so, maybe not. Indeed, it’s scary when such monumental world-shaping choices are seemingly left to the whims of fate. Recall 2012, despite obvious foreign and domestic policy disasters, Mr. Obama—an utterly failed, ultra-Constitutional, pathological liar of a 1984-style despot—was re-elected. At the time, the combination...
  • Woodrow Wilson’s racist legacy

    12/19/2015 9:10:08 PM PST · by TBP · 11 replies
    El Posto de Washington ^ | 12/11/15 | Chris Myers Asch
    While Wilson has a complicated legacy that includes genuine accomplishments, his record in the District is unambiguously negative. In a diverse area with a rich black history, we should not have the name of an unabashed white supremacist atop one of the District’s few public high schools. When Wilson arrived in 1913, he found that the District offered black people more opportunities than anywhere else in the South. It may not have been “the colored man’s paradise,” as some contemporaries claimed, but the District had the nation’s largest black community — about 95,000 people, nearly 30 percent of the city’s...