January 03, 2005

Checking in

I'm back in the library today after two weeks of delightful time away from email and the blogosphere. I'm paying the price, though, as I had to delete over 300 emails this morning. Ick. Allegedly, the power cable for the laptop is going to be available tomorrow, so I'll actually be able to post from home, and get back into the swing of things mid-weekish.

Anyhoo, I'm working on two articles at the moment, one on Jefferson, American Indians, and the Supreme Court looking at the legal and political buildup to the Cherokee Removal cases from the 1830s. The other is a survey I'm doing on the evolving idea of civic education---how ideas of teaching citizenship have changed since the 1880s. I'll have more to say about each in the future.

However, I just had to share the following page I found while googling Warren Harding + civic education.

It could well be the single most idiotic piece of paranoid drivel on the entire internet. The sheer magnitude of the stupidity is mind boggling. Let's just say it makes Oliver Stone look like Eugene Volokh. Needless to say, I enjoyed every last bit of it. Best of all, I don't think it's a fake: even though he goes on a side rant about Dick Cheney and Teapot Dome, I think this guy really believes this stuff. And if he's right, I guess then Bill Clinton wasn't our first black president....


Posted by Steve at January 3, 2005 01:37 PM

Well, if it isn’t the single most idiotic piece of drivel on the entire Internet, it’s only because the competition is so very, very fierce. I get the feeling these people grew up in a country called America, on a small blue world orbiting a familiar star that we call Rigel 7.

I’ve always kind of liked Harding. Oddly enough, I think there are a lot of similarities between Harding and Gee Dubya. Harding was an activist president who accomplished quite a lot during his brief time in office: He ended Mitchell Palmer’s anti-Red witch-hunt (much worse than McCarthy’s), brought the postwar recession under control, and reined in federal spending. I believe he was even the first president to meet with leaders of the black community in the White House (probably just his way of arranging a covert family get-together).

He shared two significant characteristics with Bush: the poor man was none too articulate, and he had little or no use for the self-styled intellectual elite that had gathered around Wilson. As a result, they utterly loathed the man. Had he lived, Teapot Dome would have been a blip in what was shaping up to be an impressive administration; instead, the Democrats saw to it that Harding's name was hopelessly linked to a scandal he knew nothing about, gained no profit from, and was trying to put right.

So keep your eye on the MSM, people. If they have their way, eighty years from now you’ll be able to ask a student what they know about George W. Bush, and they’ll immediately say, “Halliburton. That’s why he was our worst president ever.”

Posted by: utron at January 3, 2005 04:29 PM
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