Guest Post: The Dangers Of A Failed Presidency

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The Dangers of a Failed Presidency

By Michael Krieger, of KAM LP

If moderation is a fault then indifference is a crime.

-Jack Kerouac

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.


Having fallen from the eternal, the Evil One's desires are endless, insatiable. Having fallen from pure Being, he is driven by the desire to possess, to fill his emptiness. But the problem is insoluble, always. He is compelled to have and to hold, to possess and consume, and nothing else. All he takes, he destroys. Certainly he rules the material, as he is called the Prince of this World in the gospels - but only of the things of this world.

-Denis de Rougemont


I have been calling Barrack Obama’s Presidency a failure for at least six months now and it seems that I now have considerable company in this assessment as it becomes obvious to most.  It is not a failure because of the Republicans.  It is not a failure because of events beyond his control.  It is a failure because this was a man that filled a depressed and downtrodden nation with the audacity of hope.  When I voted for the man I knew it was against my personal financial interests.  It was clear what he would do with taxes.  Nevertheless, I got to the polls and voted for this fifth avenue creation thinking maybe, just maybe he might do some of the things he said.  Most important to me were two issues related to the military-industrial complex (see Eisenhower’s warning on this during his Farewell Address and civil liberties.  George W Bush was turning America into a depressed police state with perpetual war and consolidation of power between a corporate oligarchy and entrenched political class.  A nation where the masses voluntarily gave up many of the liberties the founding fathers fought for merely to ease the fear that consumed them and which was propagated by the administration and the media.  I and many others that voted for him even though they disagreed strongly with his economic policies thought he would at least reverse this trend.  Why did we think this?  Cause he said so.  How foolish we were. 

That being said, the real answer was certainly not John McCain as I think we would be in just as bad shape with him.  I think that what this experience has taught us is that the President of the United States answers to others behind the scene.  There are many theories on who these others are but I will keep it very simple.  There is clearly a power elite that consists of a union between big corporate and financial oligarchs and career bureaucrats in Washington D.C.  These are the folks that pull the strings of all administrations.  All you have to do is look at the trends that have been in place since George W Bush and continue under Obama to see what these players want.  Bigger government and thus more Federal power, more wealth for the oligarchs (thank you Federal Reserve) and an erosion of the middle class, and reduction of civil liberties in the name of the 1984-like never-ending “war on terror.”  I believe in a war on terror of my own.  A war against the terror that Washington D.C. is constantly trying to inject into your head so that you sheepishly give away all you rights and power to them.  That’s my war on terror. 

Ok, so what do I mean by “The Dangers of a Failed Presidency.”  I mean that it is July of an election year and Obama’s magic spell that held sway over the American people and the world for about three months has completely washed away.  I mean that the printed money mirage recovery that we have had to tragically watch is ending and we have no job growth to speak of other than a few hundred thousand census workers.  The public has no appetite for more spending and Bernanke has no cover to print more money (yet).  As such, if people think things are in freefall now for this administration just wait and see how the next several months pan out.  This then brings me to the following quote:

The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” says Rob Shapiro, another former Clinton official and a supporter of Mr Obama. “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”

I found this quote in an FT article earlier in the week and it sent chills all over my body.  This is how the strategists in Washington D.C. think.  They are sick, twisted people.  This guy doesn’t even realize how sick and twisted what he said is which is why he said it.  Imagine what they say off the record!  You can take this quote in many different ways but none of them are good.  I am not going to say anything beyond the fact that I would be VERY suspicious if some sort of event occurred before the elections.  Google the term “false flag.”  Also remember Rahm Emmanuel’s famous quote of  “you don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.”  Think about this deeply.  This doesn’t mean do what the public wants, or follow the constitution.  It means that that those pulling the strings of power have the opportunity to do what THEY want, what fits THEIR ideology.  Hitler is the most famous modern example of a leader that used a crisis to form his fascist state.  Again, I am not talking about Obama in isolation.  I am referring to the power structure that has been firmly in place since the 9/11 attacks.  Many call it a silent coup.  I agree with this assessment. 

This email is not meant to create fear.  It is actually meant to get people ready if things get crazy for whatever reason.  It is a challenge to people.  I challenge everyone to think about how they would react should another terrorist attack or something along those lines occur.  I was there for 9/11 and I saw the buildings go down in person.  I know what it was like to be manipulated by my own government and media in the wake of such an emotional trauma.  I also see that what we have done since, with things such as the Patriot Act and two wars that are still ongoing, and I have reflected on how they have changed America for the worse and provided a fertile ground for the elite to take away more of our rights and our wealth.  So my rallying cry is that we must be strong and fearless in the face of fearful events.  In the wake of anything that may occur in the years ahead we must not react on emotion and NEVER give away our inalienable rights in the name of protection from big brother.  Be fearless, strong and resolute.  Spend more time with your neighbors and build things up at the local level.  If we have those supports then we will be less inclined to cry to the magicians in D.C. and the Federal Reserve for “help.”


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B9K9's picture

B9K9's Law:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a suggestion involving lack of knowledge by the power-elite approaches 1.

Riddle me this: how does a widely-known slacker of questionable intelligence and proven lack of track record in leadership experience become president of the USA? (Note that this question is applicable to both Bush & Hussein.)

In spite of their corrupt natures, I'm beginning to come to admire both Nixon & Clinton because both of them had what it took to reach the top. (Not least of which, they are certainly the two presidents with the highest IQs.) Sure, they were/are mean SOBs, but compared to our last two failed presidents, I'm not sure which is preferable.

Hussein was put in place as a fall guy - it is a measure of his utter cluelessness that Barry accepted such a position. He is the perfect foil: First, he led the way to assist the banker class to unload their toxic assets onto the public @ the highest possible prices long after the market top. Second, he is now leading the way to ensure a Republican sweep which will implement "austerity" as a means of collapsing property prices via deflation. Once that is accomplished, the bailed out bankers sitting on $trillions of our cash will be able to buy back all remaining assets for pennies on the dollar.

This tragic-comedy farce will only come to an end when the "strong-man" appears on the horizon. If you look closely into the faint distance, you might be able to detect/discern a slight disturbance. He is coming - we will know he has arrived when default/repudiation is placed front & center as the #1 priority of the country.

Until then, it's all theatrics as we dance to our doom.

Rusty Shorts's picture

That about sums it up !!

Yophat's picture

Except for the overwhelming ignorance.....Eisenhower was a turd and his comments drip with heavy hypocrisy- Google Operation Keelhaul....and then read "Body of Secrets" by James Banford.....and then read "The Politician" by Robert Welch.

Of course one does need to be truly ignorant to vote for a CIA welp like Obama.....or his predecessor Bush jr (CIA also known as Bush & Co - go back to Allen Dulles/Prescott Bush at BBH)....or the CIA's money launderer Billy Bob Clinton of Mena, AK fame.....or George Sr (Operation Zapata otherwise known as Bay of Pigs, the take out of JFK - smash CIA/Bush into thousand pieces comment, Iran/Contra, attempt of Reagan - Hinckley/Bush family bond).....etc etc


Oh regional Indian's picture


Hey ZHers, plesae stop by and help... spread quickly if you feel called...



bigkahuna's picture

The reason I like this site is that absolutely nothing slides and no one gets a pass. There is too much MSM BS out there--so it is good you are keeping it real Yophat.

nabi's picture

Good post, but Mena is in Arkansas, not Alaska...

Instant Karma's picture

What the fuck is this? A 4000 word Jew hating tirade posted in response to an article about the loss of the Republic to Washington bureaucrats?

jeff montanye's picture

i can take a limited amount of jew (fill in the blank) hating in an otherwise informative comment, but someone who thinks 5,000 pounds in 1492 is worth 50,000 today is beyond hope (2,000,000 to 20,000,000 is closer).  

p.s. i'm as disappointed in obama as most who voted for him but would it be too much to ask that his first name "barack" be spelled correctly in the post?  though his website spell check still rejects his first and last names.  his is, to date, unquestionably a failed presidency and a horrible, horrible extension of the "worst ever" bush administration.

Bear's picture

Let's just use his given name ... Barry

Freewheelin Franklin's picture

I prefer calling him "Obummer". Because his presidency has turned out to be one big  bummer, Dude.

nmewn's picture

"Let's just use his given name ... Barry"


Why not Barry Soetoro? The man has been conflicted all his life, no wonder he can't make proper decisions...ROTFL.

ElvisDog's picture

I would also add that once all the debt has been transferred to the public, that's when interest rates will mysteriously rise. We, the sheeple, will be on the hook for paying 8-10% (or more) interest on trillions in debt to the elite. It's a perfect recipe for Feudalism 2.0

Bananamerican's picture

for any who happen by this point that remain confused as to the relative merits of our recent amerikan CIC's....

George w Shitstick the 2nd=Mega FAIL

Chocolate Jesus Flipside shitstick the 1st= EPIC FAIL

...neither of whom i voted for.

You CAN judge a people/culture by its institutions/candidates....

what the fuck happened to US if it wasn't Corporate DNA replacing that which the founders passed on.?


poorold's picture

Your scenario has been playing out repeatedly for decades.


poorold's picture

Your scenario has been playing out repeatedly for decades.


chindit13's picture

Later day brightest, perhaps, but the US was lucky enough to have Jefferson, Monroe and Lincoln at just the right time.  When I look towards 2012 and I see the likes of Sarah Palin, I think the gods are making the US more of a joke than it is making of itself.

As part of a previous government job long long ago, I had the chance to sit down and speak with Nixon for an hour.  I did not like him going into my meeting.  I left astonished by his intelligence.  Guess we are all a mix of good and bad.

I agree that times like these usually lead to a miscreant strong man ( I added the miscreant part), but there may be a few people out there who could do the right job absent the strong man baggage.  Replacement Senator Kaufman seems to be such a man.  Current US Ambassador to China (Huntsman) is bright, practical, already sinfully rich, and might deserve the benefit of the doubt as one who could also do the job well.

JLee2027's picture

Good post.

Lincoln did not appear on the radar until war was inevitable.  Have faith....peril lays ahead but we will prevail.

WaterWings's picture

Lincoln was a racist mass-murderer:

I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]-that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.

He was perfect for the job of proving that the centralized Federal Gov't is more important than the People and their right to consent to be governed or not. Who fought and died in the Civil War? Not the slaveowners! Same game as always: power and control.

merehuman's picture

WW   Well said and to the point

jeff montanye's picture

racist lincoln may have been (or not) but he did nudge the slaves toward a greater freedom than the slave owners appeared to be doing.  a lot of comments here apparently require an unearthly perfection to be satisfied.  much of life is judging darker and lighter shades of grey.  pick soon before the only color on offer is the dark pool of soros.  

senator kaufman does appear much better than his colleagues (maybe they all should not expect reelection; seems to improve much).  many of ron paul's ideas seem appealing.  who else?

pan-the-ist's picture

I agree with you about Kaufman.  To go with him we'd need a strong behind the scenes figure to keep the elite/CIA in check.  That person is more important then the president.

JLee2027's picture

I guess saying something basic and positive about America and it's best President brought all the loons and their hatred out.  Sorry people.

WaterWings's picture

A racist mass-murderer was America's best President? You've got the loon/hatred thing all wrong. What you were taught in public schools was incomplete; many times an outright lie. YOU are the kind of people that let history roll over you, tsunami after tsunami.

jimcg's picture

Let the serfs believe that Government does no wrong, lest they refuse to do it's biddings.

Yes, Lincoln was a true American hero, he saved the Union by gutting the Constitution and paving the road towards the Civil War, killing 700,000 Americans. Yes, he also cared dearly for the slaves. LOL.


trav7777's picture


Who cares about the fucking slaves?  They should have all been repatriated to Africa

Cathartes Aura's picture

dejunking you *here* and *above* WWings!

skool-book history is taught to children in order to shape a point-of-view that supports the nationstate's agenda, no more. . . the schooling mandate is to train citizens - works the same in every nationstate, hence the conflicting historical "perspectives". . .

amrkns would do well to read history as told from different "national's" perspectives. . . but, at minimum, to learn the truths of how amrka came to be, and continues to "be" in the world. . .

time to upgrade that "freedom" meme.

Johnny Bravo's picture

And yet when schools try to do this sort of thing, conservatives cry that the "liberals are brainwashing our children."

There are various forms of history taught, especially in higher education, that examine things from a Native American, or woman, or Black viewpoint.

Yet, if it isn't "the founding fathers were Christians, and Jesus created the world in six days" it's liberal.

What really concerns me is the effort made by some on the right *cough, Beck cough* to completely rewrite history for an audience of people who don't know their asses from their elbows.  
I mean really, how fucking retarded would you have to be to actually believe Glenn Beck?  Really fucking retarded.  And these people vote.
28% of the populace CAN be wrong.  Again, and again, and again.

It's all emotion versus rationality.  Being rational is how you make decisions in a world where everybody has an agenda, and nobody tells the whole truth.  Yet, some people look for reasons to support their opinions, instead of basing their opinions on reason.

I cry for America sometimes. (figuratively)

Cathartes Aura's picture

when I was at University, I really wanted to study "history" but every class was taught from a "this war was fought / won in this year" format - all that was needed was to memorise the dates in order. . .

I found it was easier to take "social" history classes - told from the points of view of "other'd" peoples you mention above - the original peoples, women, blacks, etc. - the most valuable perspective for total awareness I've yet come across.

couldn't agree more about the shouty men's idiotbox infortainers. . . can spot their memes a mile away, infecting people's "opinions" like the common cold. . .

chindit13's picture

I'm going to keep Lincoln as a man to admire, despite what you feel is the reality.  History has so few real heroes, I'd like to retain one or two.  David Faraday is another, as is Nicola Tesla.  Also kind of like Franz Lizst and Somerset Maugham, plus Mark Twain's incredibly clever humor.  Don't see anyone today I admire;  don't even know if the world still allows it.

Rusty Shorts's picture

Journalism In Tennessee

I was told by the physician that a Southern climate would improve my health, and so I went down to Tennessee, and got a berth on the Morning Glory and Johnson County War-Whoop as associate editor.

..."Blathersville wants a Nicholson pavement--it wants a jail and a poorhouse more. The idea of a pavement in a one-horse town composed of two gin-mills, a blacksmith shop, and that mustard-plaster of a newspaper, the Daily Hurrah! The crawling insect, Buckner, who edits the Hurrah, is braying about his business with his customary imbecility, and imagining that he is talking sense."


About this time a brick came through the window with a splintering crash, and gave me a considerable of a jolt in the back. I moved out of range --I began to feel in the way.

The chief said, "That was the Colonel, likely. I've been expecting him for two days. He will be up now right away."

He was correct. The Colonel appeared in the door a moment afterward with a dragoon revolver in his hand.

He said, "Sir, have I the honor of addressing the poltroon who edits this mangy sheet?"

"You have. Be seated, sir. Be careful of the chair, one of its legs is gone. I believe I have the honor of addressing the putrid liar, Colonel Blatherskite Tecumseh?"

"Right, Sir. I have a little account to settle with you. If you are at leisure we will begin."

"I have an article on the 'Encouraging Progress of Moral and Intellectual Development in America' to finish, but there is no hurry. Begin."

Both pistols rang out their fierce clamor at the same instant. The chief lost a lock of his hair, and the Colonel's bullet ended its career in the fleshy part of my thigh. The Colonel's left shoulder was clipped a little. They fired again. Both missed their men this time, but I got my share, a shot in the arm. At the third fire both gentlemen were wounded slightly, and I had a knuckle chipped. I then said, I believed I would go out and take a walk, as this was a private matter, and I had a delicacy about participating in it further. But both gentlemen begged me to keep my seat, and assured me that I was not in the way.

They then talked about the elections and the crops while they reloaded, and I fell to tying up my wounds. But presently they opened fire again with animation, and every shot took effect--but it is proper to remark that five out of the six fell to my share. The sixth one mortally wounded the Colonel, who remarked, with fine humor, that he would have to say good morning now, as he had business uptown. He then inquired the way to the undertaker's and left.


 - Mark Twain

JLee2027's picture

A racist mass-murderer was America's best President? You've got the loon/hatred thing all wrong. What you were taught in public schools was incomplete; many times an outright lie. YOU are the kind of people that let history roll over you, tsunami after tsunami.

I went to a private Catholic school and a Jesuit college.  And I'm a Civil War buff.  Lincoln was no racist mass-murder.  

I'm not going to respond to you again, you are so not worth my time.

WaterWings's picture

Oh, so if you are so aware of economic tensions during that period then why would you support the false theory that slavery was the main cause for so many to give their lives? Why did Lincoln emancipate and proclamate so far into the war when the affected states no longer held allegiance to the hypocrites in the North? Surely you remember the foreign interests that eagerly awaited maximum bloodshed so that they might conquer the new nation in its darkest hour. Surely you agree that slavery was dying under its own weight as production was improved by actually paying for the work to be done. I am sure you appreciate the work of Howard Zinn and how he described the buffer classes that we see even today.

So many sent to slaughter. So many parallels for us to ponder. So sad that we take our masters' word for everything.

What do you think of the Russian fleets in support of the North in American harbors on both coasts? The English and banking interests ready to strike to show American Democracy as a failure? Surely the Northern boys didn't sincerely want to give their lives in the emancipation of the slaves, thousands of miles away. The Irish rioted against it; you remember the Draft Riots, don't you?

Too much brutality for so little to gain. Yet we lap it up and cry Freedom! How silly we must appear.

No racist? Those words are not his own? Was he not responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands? Eventual millions under the harsh Martial Law imposed on the South?

Racist comments. Millions in estimated deaths in an unnecessary conflict? I can put 2 and 2 together on my own - no need for a response.

Johnny Bravo's picture

Civil War in a nutshell:

The north was disproportionately taking revenue from the South, and redistributing it to the North.  South got pissed, South seceded.  Lincoln sought to reunite the union.  Who knows what his motives were.  He did say once that "If I could free the union without freeing a single slave, I'd do it, and if I could do it by freeing all the slaves, I'd do it."

Still, the South was morally wrong about slavery, etc, and that isn't even debatable in my opinion.
The North was wrong to economically screw the South again and again.

jeff montanye's picture

don't expect rationality from humans all the time ('too much brutality for too little gain'). check out the twentieth century, especially the run up and first year of ww1.  there's some real brutality for no apparent gain.  at least the civil war to free the slaves is a useful myth if not a 100% explanation (economic tensions had a big part too, among other causes).  buying the slaves would have been cheaper and saved lives but, like ww2 ending the depression, people (elites/corporations/proles/booboisie) spend more for war than for peace. 

nmewn's picture

Johnny Bravo,

"Still, the South was morally wrong about slavery, etc, and that isn't even debatable in my opinion."

The North was wrong to economically screw the South again and again."

While we continue picking these scabs until they bleed again...let's lay it ALL out on the table. A couple of simple facts needs to be introduced into the discussion. Slaves were already here and no Confederate flag ever flew over a slave ship. I know these little trivialities infuriate the NE section of the country, but frankly my dear, I don't give a damn ;-)


"A list of the leading slave merchants is almost identical with a list of the region's prominent families: the Fanueils, Royalls, and Cabots of Massachusetts; the Wantons, Browns, and Champlins of Rhode Island; the Whipples of New Hampshire; the Eastons of Connecticut; Willing & Morris of Philadelphia. To this day, it's difficult to find an old North institution of any antiquity that isn't tainted by slavery. Ezra Stiles imported slaves while president of Yale. Six slave merchants served as mayor of Philadelphia. Even a liberal bastion like Brown University has the shameful blot on its escutcheon. It is named for the Brown brothers, Nicholas, John, Joseph, and Moses, manufacturers and traders who shipped salt, lumber, meat -- and slaves. And like many business families of the time, the Browns had indirect connections to slavery via rum distilling. John Brown, who paid half the cost of the college's first library, became the first Rhode Islander prosecuted under the federal Slave Trade Act of 1794 and had to forfeit his slave ship. Historical evidence also indicates that slaves were used at the family's candle factory in Providence, its ironworks in Scituate, and to build Brown's University Hall.[4]

Even after slavery was outlawed in the North, ships out of New England continued to carry thousands of Africans to the American South. Some 156,000 slaves were brought to the United States in the period 1801-08, almost all of them on ships that sailed from New England ports that had recently outlawed slavery. Rhode Island slavers alone imported an average of 6,400 Africans annually into the U.S. in the years 1805 and 1806. The financial base of New England's antebellum manufacturing boom was money it had made in shipping. And that shipping money was largely acquired directly or indirectly from slavery, whether by importing Africans to the Americas, transporting slave-grown cotton to England, or hauling Pennsylvania wheat and Rhode Island rum to the slave-labor colonies of the Caribbean.

Northerners profited from slavery in many ways, right up to the eve of the Civil War. The decline of slavery in the upper South is well documented, as is the sale of slaves from Virginia and Maryland to the cotton plantations of the Deep South. But someone had to get them there, and the U.S. coastal trade was firmly in Northern hands. William Lloyd Garrison made his first mark as an anti-slavery man by printing attacks on New England merchants who shipped slaves from Baltimore to New Orleans.

Long after the U.S. slave trade officially ended, the more extensive movement of Africans to Brazil and Cuba continued. The U.S. Navy never was assiduous in hunting down slave traders. The much larger British Navy was more aggressive, and it attempted a blockade of the slave coast of Africa, but the U.S. was one of the few nations that did not permit British patrols to search its vessels, so slave traders continuing to bring human cargo to Brazil and Cuba generally did so under the U.S. flag. They also did so in ships built for the purpose by Northern shipyards, in ventures financed by Northern manufacturers."

Morality indeed. Leave the Bubba's alone and we'll leave ya'll alone.

Rusty Shorts's picture

  + 1 hoghead


"The abolitionists loved black people so much they wanted them to go far, far away. So did the slaveowners, who announced with no evidence at all that free blacks were "promoters of mischief." (I don't know what "mischief" means--maybe they TP'd those Gone With the Wind plantation houses.)

A group of rich white do-gooders including Francis Scott Key, who wrote "the Star Spangled Banner," got together to raise the money to send free blacks back to Africa. For them Key had a special version of the anthem: "Oh say can you see/the home of the brave? If so, you're standing too close/Go about 4000 miles southeast, to West Africaaaa."

Congress came through with a big grant and in 1819, a ship with 88 freed blacks and three white chaperons landed in that other success-story for re-planting blacks, Sierra Leone. After gassing up at Freetown, they headed down the coast to the promised land, Liberia.

Within three weeks of arriving at their new home, all three whites and 22 blacks died of fever. That's barely time to start naming things "free-" this and "free-that. "

nmewn's picture

As if you haven't guessed by now my main beef is with tea sip snobs from the NE part of my country. Elitist's of the first order.

They are born in a cocoon, they are taught what they think they know in a cocoon. And they are dangerously ignorant while professing to be the smartest people on the planet.

It wasn't long ago, the early part of the last century, that their schools of higher learning taught and believed in eugenics. Hitler put a little kink in that thinking. However, it is my opinion they still harbor those beliefs under different guises.

Think about it.


SRV - ES339's picture

JLee2027... and the "loons" are obviously quite context/nuance challenged.

Lincoln was clearly having fun, and boxing Douglas into a corner, with his remarks. He was ridiculing the Douglas position of new laws to entrench the inferior status of black slaves. Lincoln's remarks, while good fodder for the "loon" brigade, represented the racial "reality" of the day... neither America, or the slave population (dirt poor and illiterate) were anywhere near ready for full integration at the time.

Missing_Link's picture

Wait, so you're saying Lincoln WASN'T a horrific racist animal who freed the slaves because he secretly wanted to drink their blood in a satanic ritual?

Bah!  I don't believe you.

Next thing you know, you'll be telling us that 9/11 wasn't committed by the CIA and Mossad in conjunction with their alien masters from Tau Theti, or that our government isn't secretly run by bloodthirsty Jews who spend their free time twirling their moustaches, eating Palestinians, and tying attractive young women to railroad tracks.

I mean, srsly.'s picture

Lincoln was clearly having fun


Here's Lincoln having a bit of fun at his inauguration:


"I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."

UncleFester's picture

August 21, 1858, debate in Ottawa, Illinois with Stephan Douglas, where he said: "I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races.... I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position."

I'll take his word, you can take it as political manuevering.


piceridu's picture

Do you think they ever refer to that speech in government controlled schools?