Tag: Presidents

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Third and final installment of examining the obscure Presidents on this long Presidents’ Day weekend. With William Henry Harrison, I played a little bit of “what if” with his presidency and argued that he’s more significant than he gets credit for. With Millard Fillmore, I argued that while not great, he is in no way […]

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“Born in poverty, poorly educated, and utterly unsophisticated, Millard Fillmore is one of our most obscure presidents, and one of our worst.” Yikes. This is the opening sentence on the back cover of Paul Finkelman’s Fillmore biography, which is part of Arthur Schlesinger Jr.’s American Presidents Series. Schlesinger isn’t some nobody, his father is a […]

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Happy Presidents’ Day weekend, Ricochet. Enjoy the three-day weekend if you’ve got it. The holiday itself is monarchical and un-American, but it’s also the American Way to use any excuse to take a day off from work. I want to focus on three of the lesser-known Presidents this weekend, the first being William Henry Harrison. […]

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Presidential Responses to Russian Invasions: Then and Now

 

Eisenhower 1957, LBJ 1969, Carter 1980, Biden regime 2022

2022 is not the first time the Russian empire has invaded neighboring countries, killing women and children in the name of preserving or restoring Russian interests. Three real American presidents addressed Russian invasions of neighbors. Transcripts of these president’s rhetorical responses are readily available and instructive, showing alternate and similar responses to the challenges we face today. Consider the context of each invasion and how U.S. presidents responded.

As America pauses for Presidents Day – or at least the federal government does – Jim and Greg take some time to evaluate a few recent presidents who deserve a closer look at their legacies.  They’re presidents many of you remember well but for some reason are rarely mentioned as leaders Americans remember most fondly. Enjoy this encore presentation from Presidents Day 2020.

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C-Span has a 2021 list ranking the Presidents, and Conrad Black has an entertaining article on the issue here at American Greatness.  This might present an interesting topic on a Tuesday afternoon.  Give us your own Top 10 list! Black doesn’t give numeric ranks, but has a Top 4, and another 8 that he rates […]

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Hello Ricochet, Barring any bombshells getting dropped in the next couple of days, we are about to close the history books on presidential administration number 45 (44 if you count Cleveland’s non-consecutive administrations as one. Thanks for making this complicated, Grover…). I don’t think it’s unreasonable to believe that the Trump administration will have a […]

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As America pauses for Presidents Day – or at least the federal government does – Jim and Greg take some time to evaluate a few recent presidents who deserve a closer look at their legacies.  They’re presidents many of you remember well, but for some reason are rarely mentioned as leaders Americans remember most fondly.

Quote of the Day: The First Cabinet

 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/mtv-main-assets/files/pages/mv_byreneecomet.jpgThe President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 2

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Happy President’s Day! I thought I would take this opportunity to share a little project that I’ve been working on. I have always enjoyed reading and I have always enjoyed history, but politics was never really my thing. The political polarization of our current era gave me a much greater appreciation and it led me […]

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Venerating Dead Politicians

 

Have the American people venerated certain dead presidents? If so, what has happened to that veneration? From our coins, to our classroom walls, to the stories we tell, have we seen a sort of secular iconography, challenged by political iconoclasts?

Dennis Prager has long held that America has a unique value system, which he styles “The American Trinity.” The American Trinity is on our coins: “E Pluribus Unum,” “In God We Trust,” Liberty.” Looking at our four most common coins, we also see four presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and FDR.

Perhaps you remember portraits of Washington and Lincoln hanging in grade school classrooms. If you are Generation X or older, you likely learned generally positive things about Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and FDR. Go back far enough, and you may have seen portraits of FDR hanging in homes and public spaces, where people identified him as on the working man’s side.

I Don’t Hate Donald Trump

 

I’m not a big fan, either.

I don’t follow New York real estate deals and reality TV shows are stupid. I voted for Gary Johnson in 2016 because he knew more about Aleppo than either the Donald or Queen Hillary. (Maybe if I had been in a “battleground state.” Hmmm, let me check … nope. My one vote wouldn’t have made a difference in any of those places either.)

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. Book Review ‘The Presidents and the Pastime’ perfect summer read By MARK LARDAS […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have fun with three different headlines, starting with the news that Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott will run for U.S. Senate this year, possibly giving Republicans their best chance of winning that race.  They also scratch their heads as Twitter CEO and supposed free speech champion Jack Dorsey describes a Medium article as a “great read” after it calls for all of America to follow the progressive path of California, says that conservatism must be thoroughly defeated, and labels Republicans as “bad guys on the wrong side of history.”  And they fume after former First Lady Michelle Obama likens the presidencies of her husband and Donald Trump to parenting children.  They also get a kick out of Mrs. Obama saying we shouldn’t look to make someone president just because they give a good speech.

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  Well, it looks to be that time again. There is a new ranking of U. S. presidents based on a survey of presidential historians by CSPAN. This is the third time CSPAN has sponsored such a ranking. Their first go at this game was in 2000, and this was followed up by a new […]

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Tomorrow Donald J. Trump will take his place in U.S. history as our nation’s 45th President. The moment of transition of power from the former president to the new president is one of awe and privilege. There are no purple fingers to hold up. Each citizen voted of their own free will for the candidate […]

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As President Obama has aptly demonstrated, a President has considerable powers (some even authorized) in addition to powers which require the cooperation of legislators. Most of these powers are known before one enters office. So why doesn’t every candidate plan these well in advance?  Publicizing one’s full list during the campaign might scare away voters […]

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As promised, I stopped by the National Portrait Gallery in downtown Washington, DC earlier today to do a little research on this Clinton portrait business that has generated some discussion on Ricochet here and here. The NPG is one of my very favorite places in all of Washington, so this was a most welcome errand. […]

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