#StateoftheUnionHeaddress would trend so quickly on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook that the internet would break.
I don’t know that he’d be able to do anything to help.
What he’d probably do is ban gambling once he realized how many Native American tribes are making money.
Held captive 4 your politics
They wanted 2 break your soul
They ordered the extermination
Of all minds they couldn’t control
4 u the fate was far worse
Than just a brutal homicide
They caged u like an animal
And watched u slowly die inside
As u Breathe your first air of freedom
On the day u become a free man
Raise your Regal brow in Pride
4 now you R in God’s Hands
The life of many were given
So that the day would one day come
That the devils in Power at Pretoria
Would pay for the evil crimes they’ve done
— Tupac Shakur, “Just a Breath of Freedom: 4 Nelson Mandela”, a poem from “The Rose That Grew From Concrete”
We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again — so it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love, to never discount the difference that one person can,make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.
President Barack Obama, statement on the death of Nelson Mandela, December 5, 2013
Maybe not this decade since Presidents Carter and Papa Bush will both be 90 next year, but I think it will probably happen. Having several ex-Presidents alive at one time is much rarer than we realize. Since the 1980s we have had quite a few living former Presidents, but it takes long-living Presidents, short terms, or a combination of both (which is what we had with Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush 41).
I’m pretty sure TIME finally did the right thing and made it “Person of the Year”, didn’t they?
Anyway, even putting my personal biases aside, I don’t see how it can’t be Pope Francis. Most people outside Buenos Aires didn’t kbow Jorge Mario Bergoglio existed in January. I bet most of the members of the College of Cardinals were barely familiar with him despite the fact that he was the runner-up in the 2005 Conclave to replace Pope John Paul II.
Then he was elected quickly in March to replace Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and has done something that is, arguably, more difficult than forcing the Catholic Church to evolve — he has begun to change the perception of the Church, particularly the perception of non-Catholics and non-believers (like myself).
Making permanent changes to the Roman Curia and the culture of Catholicism will take more time and effort, but Franciscus is a positive force in a world that needs such people.
We don’t know for sure, but it seems like it started after Martha died.
By the way, a lot of people don’t know this, but Sally Hemings was the half-sister of Jefferson’s wife, Martha. Martha’s dad (Jefferson’s father-in-law) fathered Sally Hemings with one of HIS slaves.
When James Monroe served as the 5th President of the United States (1817-1825) partisan rancor was so diminished that it was known as the “Era of Good Feelings.” In 1820, things were going smoothly enough for President Monroe that he was unopposed in his bid for re-election and was just one vote short of a unanimous Electoral College victory.
But all good things must come to an end. The “Era of Good Feelings” collapsed and fell right back into regular American politically partisan bitterness with the 1824 Presidential campaign. In fact, during that time, the popular President Monroe found some bad feelings within his own Cabinet, resulting in a bizarre confrontation in the White House that winter — the President of the United States vs. the Secretary of the Treasury, no-holds-barred.
Treasury Secretary William H. Crawford had been a front-runner to replace Monroe, but a stroke in 1823 ruined those chances. Crawford had been serving as Secretary of the Treasury since 1816 when he was appointed by President James Madison and continued on throughout Monroe’s Administration. Tired, frustrated, and ready to retire home to Georgia, Crawford called on Monroe at the White House to suggest a list of appointments he wished the President to approve for customs officers at ports in the Northeastern United States, some of the choicest political patronage positions available in the federal government. However, Monroe objected to Crawford’s list and stated that he intended to name his own picks. Crawford lost his temper and told the President, “Well, if you will not appoint persons well-qualified for the places, tell me whom you will appoint that I may get rid of their importunities!”
The President — a Revolutionary War veteran of George Washington’s Army who carried a bullet in his body that had nearly killed him in 1776 — was not intimidated by Crawford’s language or temperament, coldly telling his Treasury Secretary, “Sir, that is none of your damn business.”
Crawford was not easily intimidated, either. The Treasury Secretary had killed a man in a duel years earlier, and Monroe’s comment led Crawford to charge at the 67-year-old President with his cane, shaking it at Monroe while calling him a “damned, infernal old scoundrel.” Monroe quickly grabbed two red-hot tongs from a nearby fireplace for self-defense and threatened to personally throw Crawford — who was 15 years younger than the President — out of the White House.
Both men calmed down as President Monroe prepared to summon his servants to show the Treasury Secretary out. Crawford apologized for his actions and stated that he did not intend to insult or threaten the President. Before Monroe could ask him to leave, Crawford left the White House on his own. The two men never spoke to each other again.
The “Era of Good Feelings” was over.
It doesn’t really matter whether he slept with her or not. He could have. After all, he owned her. She was subject to his exploitations in every conceivable way. It was he who brought her to Paris. It was he who sent her home from Paris. He had complete control of her destiny and he might have fathered the several children…Many people who deny that Jefferson fathered any mulatto children say that it was done by his nephews or by some other relatives. They seem to have scientific proof for that, without having any scientific proof for his not having slept with Sally Hemings or some other slaves. The important point to make is that throughout the land in the 18th and 19th centuries, blacks were the victims, the subjects, the exploited people of their owners and of those whites who didn’t own them. And that we lived in such immorality, such irregularity…that these things were part of the natural landscape in Virginia, and Mr. Jefferson was as likely as any others to have done this because it’s in character with the times — and, indeed, with him, who believed in exploiting these people that he controlled completely.
John Hope Franklin, on whether Thomas Jefferson fathered children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings
Yes, in his role as a circuit court judge (rather than Chief Justice), but Lincoln basically ignored Taney’s ruling, explained his actions to Congress, and Congress basically upheld Lincoln’s authority.
The Constitution doesn’t state whether the authority to suspend habeas corpus belongs to the Executive or the Legislative branch, but it definitely seems like an Executive power. Congress has seemed to agree with that throughout history.
Let’s not forget that Chief Justice Taney was also the guy who ruled against Dred Scott because blacks (slaves and free blacks) had no rights as citizens since they were “beings of an inferior order; and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
So, basically, fuck that guy.