Posted by Mr. President on August 18, 2007
Schlesinger, Schlesinger Junior, the Chicago Tribune, all have surveyed Presidential Greatness.
Now Norman Markowitz joins the line of hero searchers.
Blogging at “Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist-Maoist*,” Brother Markowitz asks and answers, “George W. Bush: The Worst President In US History?”
He places Bush just above James Buchanan in the Presidential Badness Sweepstakes, and sinking fast:
“It is purely from an “American Centric” position that Buchanan maintains a slight lead over Bush. And of course (the second caveat), the Bush administration still has around 20 months left to overtake Buchanan. Let’s do Bush a favor. The broad left, the labor movement, the anti-Iraq war movement, all progressive movements and the Democratic Party should act now to prevent a discredited administration from extending its disastrous policies. By using constitutional means to get rid of the Bush administration and the “Reagan legacy” in terms of policy, we can keep Bush below James Buchanan on the list of “worst presidents” in American history. To conclude this article on an explicitly Marxist note, which asked a conventional question and used a presidential comparison model to answer it, we should remember that a revolutionary civil war followed the Buchanan administration.”
*”dedicated to ideologies of great communist leaders Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro and Kim Il Sung”
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Posted by Mr. President on August 17, 2007
What happens when some college kids with dim memories of history and poli sci class try to use the miricle of the Web to get strangers to pay for a meandering journey across this broad land?
Let’s go along and find out!
“What: A journey into the heart of America, to see American places and meet American people.
Where: Wherever the heart of America can be found, we’ll be there.
When: August 25th, 2007 to December 25th, 2007
Why: (*Blues Brothers voice*) “We’re on a mission from God”[Click the link and be dumbstruck!],
or to find ourselves, to find America and to find Americans.
How: With a Ford Expedition, some money in our pockets, and your help!”
The youngsters have web pages, blogs, product placement opportunities, contributers, a twitter presence:
…..and nothing to say:
“American presidential libraries are always a great repository of American history because the President of America is always the symbolic leader of the nation during both times of peace and war as well as the symbolic leader during times of prosperity or a down economy. When we take our Journey Into the Heart of America road trip next fall it will not be possible to stop by every presidential library in the country but maybe we can hit up a few on the list below. For me (mike) as a recent graduate of political science I hope to really reconnect with my American history to remember where our country has come from so I can understand where we are headed.”Or something.
They provide links to US Presidents’ sites [only the nice ones – no losers!] and an appeal to the participatory interactive communityness that is web 2.0: “In addition to the rankings I have included links to information about how to visit each of the presidential landmarks while on a road trip. No matter what president’s party is, I’m sure each of these libraries would be very interesting. Let me know what you think!”
No visible point of view, just a vague invocation of “history.” Their place in history is to pay admission to museums.
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Posted by Mr. President on August 8, 2007
Who hems our pants?
Thanks to the youngsters at postfoetry we learn that the Library of Congress is dumping it’s Presidential action figures, at half price!
Who wouldn’t want a doll which belts out such priceless pearls as “I believe again that the American people are capable of self control and of learning by their mistakes?”[Teddy Roosevelt of course!]
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Posted by Mr. President on July 10, 2007
The Greats Give Back
The Washington Post today takes note of a Manhattan Institute study exploring and deploring the decline in public schools named for Presidents and other Greats.
It’s all about the civic virtue, they claim. By Naming Names we ritually affirm the greats who’ve gone before and the superior system they represent, although the linkage of this with the surprising numbers of schools named for Millard Fillmore or James Buchanan unclear.
St. Louis boasts the McKinley Classical Junior Academy, “Home of the Goldbugs.”
Their continued pressing down upon the brow of labor is to be admired, but what do they actually learn by it?
The Manhattanists claim to be puzzled more schools aren’t named for Martin Luther King what with all the multicuturalness and all. They seem disappointed they can’t beat that familiar dog once more.
That the Institute is a magnet for right wing oddities goes unmentioned in the Washington Post article. One leading light is Myron Magnet, a Martin Van Buren reenactor whose Big Idea is that hippie LSD consumption in the 60s led to those black folk signing up for welfare[“The Dream and the Nightmare]. The Washington Post laid out this crackpot’s influence on George Bush before the election in 2000, so we can’t say we weren’t warned.
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Posted by Mr. President on April 10, 2007
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