America the Disdained

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This article in Salon yesterday was one of several that I saw filled with disdain for America, its people, and its history. But the writer (Andrew O’Hehir) did seem to have some semi-affectionate humor for Fourth of July picnic foods. Interestingly, the author describes a common error in looking at history, then proceeds to write an entire article filled to brim with it. I’ve grouped some phrases from the article into categories. They are no longer in the original order as a result (although the order within categories is preserved. I’ll start with the author’s description of his own error: […]

Happy Independence Day

I hope that each and every one of you is having a happy Fourth of July. The “happy” part of that is significant, and I sincerely hope that you have the skill and the circumstances to achieve it. Skill? Yes. Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote one of the most oft-quoted lines in history describing unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Someone suggested to me today that: […]

John Adams

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A mention of John Adams on Citizen Tom’s forum got me thinking a bit about history.

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Cake

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Attention in the FairTax thread turned, as it so frequently does among leftists, to Walmart, “the evil empire.” Yes, they actually called it that. The assumption was that Walmart workers would be made even poorer, and the old Marie Antoinette quote was trotted out and put in the mouths of Walmart: “Let them eat cake.” I’ll skip the maligning of Walmart that followed. But… […]

Presidential Economy

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Do presidents really have an effect on the US economy? That question was put to me. Here’s my reply. The Clinton era was an utter and complete financial disaster — to the point where Republicans won the midterms in a landslide, and were able to force through tax reductions and other Federal constraints. […]

Treasonous North?

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No, this is not a post about the Civil War. But I thought that I would interrupt this dreary business of apostasy in Islam, where they cut off your head if you change your mind, with a response I made today to someone asking about events during President Reagan’s terms in office. His contention was that Lt.Col. Oliver North committed high treason, and that Ronald Reagan ignored the rise of jihadism. I was familiar enough with the circumstances to respond from memory: […]

Most Hated President

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Indulge me, if you would, in a quick bit of history: Who was the first president to be regarded by historians as the United States’ most hated president? Answer: George Washington. Some of his policies were vehemently hated during his time in office, which will sound strange to us centuries later. His successor John Adams was also bitterly hated, but you couldn’t say that at the time; he enacted laws that made it illegal to criticize the President or Congress. Benjamin Franklin’s grandson, who had followed the family tradition of newspaper publishing, died in jail after having written harshly about President Adams. Let’s go forward a bit in history: Who was the first Republican president to be assassinated in office? (Trick question!) […]

Redistribution

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President Obama is already on record stating that even if higher taxes bring in less revenue, he is in favor of imposing them anyway, out of “fairness.” And he has long complained that the US Constitution has no clear provision for socialist redistribution of wealth: […]

The Lochner Era

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The Lochner Era is a period of time in the history of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) from 1905 to 1937. This period is described as horrible judicial conservative activism by progressives, and some nominally conservative folks too. Others describe it as a valiant defense of the Constitution and free enterprise from the rise of virulent progressive regulatory schemes. I’m in the latter category. […]

The Switch in Time that Saved Nine

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The relationship between the new Republican majority in Congress to Obamacare has been much discussed. Folks following the history of US Supreme Court decisions will perhaps remember when Justice Roberts changed his mind on a crucial decision under pressure from the White House, and rendered the crucial swing vote that had the country in an uproar. […]