Nixon fully understood that word usage mattered and his insightful knowledge of foreign affairs along with his deep reading of books about world leaders underscored his appreciation for how things sounded when coming from elected officials. It is worth mentioning that when Nixon wrote his books he would sit and read aloud his text and listen as the recording played back so he could differentiate the tone between the written and verbal. From there he would work to craft a more precise final product.
The incumbent is a lame duck. The world is aflame; America’s inner cities are burning. Hillary Clinton is Hubert Humphrey, that uninspiring establishment candidate, challenged by a Gene McCarthy figure: idealistic but ungrounded, with no chance of success.
On the Right, demagoguery competes with competence. Like George Corley Wallace, one candidate appeals to nativist instincts. He courts violence with violent rhetoric. The rabble is easily roused.
The photo showed six First Ladies walking together at the dedication of Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library in 1991. I posted it here on my blog and also on my Caffeinated Politics Facebook page. There is no way I could know within hours that post would start to generate interest, shares, and conversation. As of this posting there have been 13,583,894 people reached by the post and 1,625,445 engaged by the post. With my humble attempt to honor the life of a former first lady my little blog went viral. And in a major way.
The largest part of my FB audience for this post (24%) are women between the ages of 55-64. 87% of those who saw my post did so on a mobile device.
At the turn of the 20th century, Wisconsin government was rife with corruption. Big business and wealthy plutocrats controlled the politicians and thus controlled the government. They had their puppet politicians pass laws that benefited them regardless of who might be hurt by them.
This high level of corruption gave way to a progressive movement led by Fighting Bob LaFollette. LaFollette, who was a Republican, led the way to clean up the government, enacting laws that returned the government to the control of the people. He led the way to busting trusts, enacting election reforms and creating the Wisconsin Idea. The changes brought on by LaFollette and other progressives have well served the people of Wisconsin for over a 100 years.
One bill will gut the state’s campaign finance laws and retroactively decriminalize the secretive campaign finance schemes that Walker engaged in during the recall elections, opening the doors to new levels of dark money in state elections.
Another bill will cripple the the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board–considered a model for other states–and turn it into a toothless, partisan agency. The board of nonpartisan retired judges will be replaced with partisan appointees that are guaranteed to gridlock (like the ineffective Federal Elections Commission), and gives the legislature power to cut funding for an investigation that it doesn’t like.
A third bill will prohibit Wisconsin’s John Doe statute, which was used to investigate Walker and is similar to a grand jury yet in front of a judge, from being used to investigate political corruption.
Via Jud Lounsbury.
I have now finished How Lincoln Learned To Read by Daniel Wolff and much enjoyed it from start to finish. As with a book of this type there is much to debate and ponder—agree with and disagree with—but one thing is for sure. Via “How Lincoln Learned To Read” @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.
Via FREE WHITEWATER
As I watched the Jeb Bush train wreck take four days to play out this week I thought back to November 1979. At about the same time the Iranian hostage crisis was starting to happen CBS newsman Roger Mudd sat down with Senator Ted Kennedy who was planning a race for the White House. Mudd…
It’s hard to believe that it has been 505 years since the first settlers arrived at Jamestown. It's hard to believe that it has been 505 years since the first settlers arrived at Jamestown. – TW pic.twitter.com/HTmnzEkuKI — Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) May 13, 2015
Via Emails show budget authors initially stood by plan to dump Wisconsin Idea @ JS All Politics Blog.
Walker told Minnesotans their state was in better shape than Wisconsin because Democrats had run the show in Wisconsin for a longer period than they actually did, and PolitiFact today’s rates Walker’s claim “false.” Via Walker hoodwinked Iowa. Also Minnesota. Who’s next? @ The Political Environment.
Via Keep immigration safe, legal and common @ Boots & Sabers.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 15, 2015, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. I call upon all Americans to honor his life and…
Rest in peace. UW-#Madison professor Stanley Kutler, 80, Watergate-Nixon historian, dies http://t.co/QBna8Iz3py pic.twitter.com/XobezeOVTz — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) April 8, 2015
Scott Walker story of Reagan's family Bible at odds with library curator http://t.co/folSfg9jL9 — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 14, 2015
Of course, judges know this. It’s in their self interest, if they want to look good in history, to skew left, like the legal academics. You know, I’ve been here in legal academia since 1984, 9 years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat on the Supreme Court. She was a federal Court of Appeals…
Via Ronald Reagan: Collective Bargaining = Freedom (VIDEO) @ Blogging Blue.
Via A portrait of Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery has a deliberate allusion to Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress…@ Althouse.
We should reject Mr. Walker’s claim that he knows best what the limits of Wisconsin students’ education should be. As my students understand, the humanities train critical thinkers and citizens. That may be inconvenient for politicians who see their constituents as merely a “work force,” but it is definitely good for our democracy, as well…
View image | gettyimages.com Via Scott Walker Backs Down, Says Removing Wisconsin Idea Is “Drafting Error” @ MAL Contends . . .
In a rapid revision Thursday afternoon to statements made by Walker on Wednesday, the Republican governor acknowledged in a statement that UW System officials had privately raised objections about the controversial changes to his administration and been told the changes were not up for debate. Via Documents show officials seeking removal of Wisconsin Idea @…
In addition to proposing $300 million in cuts with new flexibilities over the next two years, Walker’s budget strikes language from the state statute that created the UW System — something the governor did not mention during his budget address Tuesday night. Among his other strikes from the mission: "Basic to every purpose of the…
In this private transaction, Jefferson doesn’t deny that the hotelier has the right to refuse service to a farmer; Jefferson simply rejects the establishment’s class bias. (The hotel didn’t ask if a supposed, ordinary farmer could pay, but instead rejected a prospective guest for reasons other than an ability to pay.) Now consider a similar…
“The Soviet Union started treating (Reagan) more seriously once he did something like that,” Walker said. Via Deflecting foreign policy experience question, Scott Walker disparages Hillary Clinton @ JS All Politics Blog.
Via FREE WHITEWATER.