Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
Posts tagged "America"

"You have come to visit our country, sir, at a season of great commercial distress," said the major.

"At an alarming crisis," said the colonel.

"At a period of unprecedented stagnation," said Mr. Jefferson Brick.

"I am sorry to hear that," returned Martin.  "It’s not likely to last, I hope?"

Martin knew nothing about America, or he would have known perfectly well that if its individual citizens, to a man, are to be believed, it always IS depressed, and always IS stagnated, and always IS at an alarming crisis, and never was otherwise; though as a body they are ready to make oath upon the Evangelists at any hour of the day or night, that it is the most thriving and prosperous of all countries on the habitable globe.”

— Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, 1844 (BOOKKINDLE)

(Referenced by Kim Ghattas in The Secretary: A Journey With Hillary Clinton From Beirut To The Heart of American Power [BOOKKINDLE], available March 5th)

I yelled at a reader last week who I felt was “ruining the human experiment”.  Well, Sam Roberts from the Opie & Anthony Show interviewed some folks waiting in line for the iPhone 5 in New York and found a few other people who are helping to turn me against my country.  The Occupy Wall Street guy and “Rachel”, in particular, make me want to quickly move to Cuba and hope that the U.S. continues the embargo so that the stupidity that is infecting America doesn’t spread to the island.  It’s sickening.  Sam makes it funny by his sarcastic interview-style, but it’s still sickening.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
mr. bergen, you posted a steinbeck quote about the presidents but I can't seem to find it. do you mind reposting it or linking it? also I am curious about where the quote came from.
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

The quote is without question my all-time favorite quote about the Presidents or Presidency and it comes from John Steinbeck’s America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction (BOOKKINDLE).

I don’t mind reposting it, but I’m going to post it in a separate post just in case anyone wants to reblog it.

Anonymous asked:  I know its just a silly movie and you joked about it a few days ago and I know that Abraham Lincoln didn’t really kill vampires but in his writing did he write about a fear of vampires or worries about vampire problems?

You know, the first time I got a question like this, I laughed about  it.  But, since then, I’ve received numerous question about vampires and zombies and I just don’t know how to react anymore.  Part of me thinks that a bunch of people are conspiring together to drive me crazy so that my head will explode.  But…and this is FAR more frightening…I’ve come to the realization that most of the questions I get about this are serious. 

Let me reiterate…most of the numerous questions that I have received about Abraham Lincoln or other historical figures battling VAMPIRES or ZOMBIES seem to be completely serious.  I understand when someone is being silly and ironic or trying to be funny and rile me up, but far too many people have followed up on questions about vampires and zombies for me to just chalk it up to good old fashioned fun.  There are people reading the words that I write on this website who genuinely think that Abraham Lincoln or other historical figures may have spent time battling VAMPIRES and ZOMBIES.  And what is really scary is that when I joke about it and sarcastically answer their question, they usually respond with, “Haha, but seriously, how much evidence is there supporting it?”

And I just…I don’t know…I just want to delete everything I’ve written and move to an island in Fiji with all of my books and a big gun so that I can immediately shoot any human being who lands on my beach, even if they are lost and shipwrecked and perfectly normal.  Or join al-Qaeda and punish this country for allowing a frighteningly large population of people to walk around when they have to ask questions about zombie/vampire battles.

I mean, no disrespect, but why are so many people SO fucking dumb?  Isn’t it scary that, when Washington was inaugurated in 1789, there were less than 4 million people in the United States, yet our leaders included Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Jay, Burr, Madison, Monroe, Henry, Paine, Hancock, Gallatin, Lee, Pickering, Clinton, Rush, and dozens of other legends, but in 2012, there are 315 million Americans, only 9% of the country approves of Congress, there isn’t a simple majority that approves of either major Presidential candidate, millions of Americans believe that the Earth is 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs and humans lived together, and more than one person genuinely wonders whether historical figures may have battled vampires or zombies in the past.