HannibaltheVictor13 an archeology, anthropology, and history student created a great video on why people fail to understand both why history is important, but also why being a historian is much harder than many people think. Its primarily just audio but Its a great video lecture to watch, (or just listen to) and also it gives you some important things to think about.
latest wingnut meme:
according to this purveyor of fabricated history, strong presidents with an agenda didn’t exist before ww
Wilson held that it was the responsibility of the president to break the gridlock caused by the Constitution’s separation of powers and unleash the power of the federal government to restrain the barons of industry
um, you mean theodore roosevelt, moron. your grade for american history 1890 through WWI is an ‘F’
The president would no longer be indebted to a political party for his selection, for presidential nominees would be chosen through primaries and the nominee would then impose his will on his party, not the other way around. Wilson’s chief executive was free to be as big a man as he wanted to be, with his power no longer anchored in the Constitution or in his party, but rooted in his personal charisma; presidential effectiveness would hinge on his personal attributes, not on any formal grant of power
“interesting” theory. as far as relevance or accuracy is concerned, george washington, james k polk, and abraham lincoln are laughing at you
Stephen F. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College
i recommend a good basic book on american history, for starters, professor knott. for myself, i always try to bone up a bit on the subject before opening my yap
Outreach? It is true that these past few years of GOP reflection and re-orientation has now sped past
outreach and right into “reach-around” territory:
In his column last week, Daubenmire said “an argument can be made that the wrong side won the [Civil War]” since “government tyranny has exploded since the battle over states’ rights was lost.”
“It has been said that the Gettysburg Address was the most famous speech in American History, but that it would have carried more weight if President Lincoln was referencing the brave Confederate soldiers who were fighting against big-government tyranny,” he added. “Has there ever been a more Christian general than Robert E. Lee?”
A study of the war will show that the fight was over states [sic] rights more than slavery, and an argument can be made that the wrong side won the war. Government tyranny has exploded since the battle over states’ rights was lost. It has been said that the Gettysburg Address was the most famous speech in American History, but that it would have carried more weight if President Lincoln was referencing the brave Confederate soldiers who were fighting against big-government tyranny. Has there ever been a more Christian general than Robert E. Lee?
That is right - because when 40% of your citizens exist in bondage, enforced by the state, nothing. and I mean nothing, represents smaller, freer, less oppressive governance.
‘outreach’ ‘reach-around’ continue…
(Big thank you to RightWingWatch - who continue to do an excellent and thankless job of watching these loons day in and day out - takes a hardy soul.)
Tea Party Activist: ‘Gay Supremacy Is Becoming a Monster That Carries Greater Evils Than White Supremacy Ever Did’
Her post, which Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips emailed to members today, also makes the absurd claim that white supremacy was “quickly put down” in America and argues that the gay rights activists are motivated by “hate” and bent on their opponents’ “utter annihilation.”
Baker explains that gay rights advocates are worse than white supremacists because “I could disagree with the beliefs of white supremacist and still hold to Biblical views about life, marriage and sexuality. Many people in America fought against their own kind in order to rid us of this hateful group but Gay supremacist have bullied every sector of our nation and now sit as the giant bully against all Americans who disagree with their radical agenda.”
When white supremacy tried to make a mark in American history it was viciously attacked quickly put down by the people of our nation . But Gay Supremacy is becoming a monster that carries greater evils than white supremacy ever did. White Supremacy was focused on how a group of people felt about another group of people. They created various barriers for those they hated and their views about their superiority to others provided the frame work for the citizens of this nation to search their hearts and understand that God has created every person in His image. However Gay Supremacy’s hate reaches much farther than a specific group of people. Their [sic] is no common ground that can be reached. Their [sic] is no searching of the heart or consideration of God’s principles. Their hate is generated only by self centeredness [sic] and hate for anyone who disagrees with them.
Science has conclusively proven low intelligence, ignorance and illiteracy are major causes of bigotry. Considering her seeming inability to use the English language correctly, it would be fair to surmise all of these seem to be the font for her particular brand of bigotry.
It is also fair to point out - that if Judson Philips, and other Tea Party leaders propagate this kind of hatred and bigotry, then the greater bulk, i.e. - the majority of the Tea Party, is also full of hateful bigots. If it were not, then they simply would not stand for this.
Btw, Judson Philips is a bigot. It may be redundant to say so - but people of that ilk are allergic to the bigot label, and it makes them cry, which is why we should point out at every opportunity, that they are indeed bigots.
Slavery’s Lasting Impacts Is Topic of Two-Day Symposium - NewsAdvance.com : News - Local Lynchburg, Va. Area
To raise discussion about slavery and its lasting impacts on the United States, Randolph College and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest are calling upon scholars, artists and the community at large for a two-day symposium.
The conference, “Facing the Past, Freeing the Future: Slavery’s Legacy, Freedom’s Promise,” will be held April 3-5.
Scholars will include Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” Christy Coleman, president of the American Civil War Center in Richmond; and Spencer Crew, a former director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
The symposium, open to the public, was developed to celebrate an official partnership between Randolph College and Poplar Forest to share resources and add internship opportunities for students.
“Black and white Americans have been sharing this continent since the early 17th century, yet they’ve never really been properly introduced. They still remain separated to a degree that is not healthy for the body politic and not healthy for any of us,” he said. “That’s the legacy of slavery and it does seem to me … we’ll never fully move past that in any healthy way unless we totally and fearlessly and completely face what slavery was and did to us.”
A detailed schedule is available at web.randolphcollege.edu.
The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America’s big decisions are made.
They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between. Those in Boston, New York and Washington determine how our government works; what sort of news, books, art and fashion we should consume, and whether our money and investments are worth anything.
The Pacific corridor is just as influential, but in a hipper, cooler fashion. Whether America suffers through another zombie film or one more Lady Gaga video or Kanye West’s latest soft-porn rhyme is determined by Hollywood — mostly by executives who live in the la-la land of the thin Pacific strip from Malibu to Palos Verdes.
Across the nation, not just in Washington, there are ever more signs of a Republican Party veering to the right edge of the right wing of the political spectrum. With prospects for a comprehensive immigration bill fading, what will it take to bring the GOP back at least to the right edge of the center of the spectrum, to compete to win national elections on its own merits and not just when the Democrats fail or the economy falters?
American history has many examples of a party going off the rails and taking a long time to recover. It was true of the Democrats in the 1890s and again in the 1960s and early ’70s. One rough rule of thumb is that a party has to lose three presidential elections in a row to make it clear that the problem is not just individual presidential candidates and their failures but something deeper, enough to motivate a party to move to expand beyond its ideological base and capture the center. But if that happens in 2016 — if Democrats make it three wins in a row — I am not sure it will be enough for the GOP.
That is because I see at least five Republican parties out there, with a lot of overlap, but with enough distinct differences that the task is harder than usual. There is a House party, a Senate party, and a presidential party, of course. But there is also a Southern party and a non-Southern one. The two driving forces dominating today’s GOP are the House party and the Southern one — and they will not be moved or shaped by another presidential loss. If anything, they might double down on their worldviews and strategies.
100 years ago political parties were inverted on issues of race.
Probably the most bracing aspect of Ira Katznelson’s new history of the New Deal, Fear Itself, is his portrait of the marriage of progressive domestic policy and white supremacy. I knew the outlines of this stuff, but for a flaming commie like me, the extent of the embrace is hard to take:
Far more enduring was the New Deal’s intimate partnership with those in the South who preached white supremacy. For this whole period — the last in American history when public racism was legitimate in speech and action — southern representatives acted not on the fringes but as an indispensable part of the governing political party.
It actually starts much earlier with Woodrow Wilson who forged a “composite of racism and progressive liberalism” which “came to dominate the Democratic Party, and, with it, the content and boundaries of social reform.”
President Barack Obama is set to be officially sworn in Sunday for his second term as president of the United States, ahead of Monday’s public events.
In a small and short ceremony at the White House, he will recite the constitutionally-mandated oath for the third of four expected times during his time in office.
When Obama first took the oath on Jan. 20 four years ago, he and Chief Justice John Roberts tripped up over the wording, raising concerns about whether the constitutional requirements were fulfilled to the letter of the law. Roberts went to the White House the next day and administered it again in full.
This time, Obama will recite it twice on purpose. Sunday’s official swearing-in, conducted again by Roberts, will be the fifty-seventh inauguration of a president in American history.