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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    I m really enjoying the posting from this group and am curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances that were developing around 100 years ago, such as
    Message 1 of 25 , Aug 12, 2005
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      I'm really enjoying the posting from this group and am
      curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances that
      were developing around 100 years ago, such as
      suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least in
      part to a backlash against the robber barons and the
      Taft administration. It would give me hope if a pious,
      pro big business president such as Taft inspired the
      progressive movement to rebel and a similar reaction
      could repeat itself a century later.

      Tom Johnson

      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:


      ---------------------------------
      I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
      then the party's message might become only marketing
      and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At the
      moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on both
      accounts. They never fully committed to either
      opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and his
      policies on civil rights, and they failed miserably
      when they attempted to explain their ambivalence to
      the voters.

      What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been reading
      a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished the
      part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
      Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to have
      picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
      named Alton Parker who was apparently picked because
      he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial, and
      boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
      flamboyant and nearly always controversial.

      --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:

      > In politics and in my years of studying politics,
      > I've come to the
      > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter more
      > than anything
      > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team and
      > are willing to go
      > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning. The
      > Dems are simply
      > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and less
      > than bright)
      > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to go,
      > the elitist
      > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
      > people don't vote on
      > the issues.
      >
      > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act in
      > 1964: "We have
      > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
      > WRONG. They had
      > lost the South for generations. The only times when
      > the Democratic
      > candidate could win the South and thus the election
      > were all
      > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly) -
      > namely, the
      > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot year
      > (1992). Then it
      > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
      > Even worse, both
      > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
      > attractive the Southern
      > moderates who don't usually vote to garner enough
      > support to win.
      >
      > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
      > civil rights (from
      > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
      > freedom - are what
      > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and the
      > liberals have
      > never been on their side. That's why the
      > pro-slavery, anti-women
      > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic bastion
      > in the pre-FDR
      > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled by
      > the liberals.
      >
      > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
      > past 200 years, and
      > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these liberals
      > always get what
      > they want a generation later or two. Read the
      > platform of the
      > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as the
      > far left agenda,
      > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
      > hopeful in a longer
      > term perspective even very disturbed in these days.
      >
      > Ram
      >
      >
      >
      >



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    • Greg Cannon
      I can t answer your question, Tom, though I d also like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here have suggestions on books or websites to do with the Taft
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        I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
        like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here have
        suggestions on books or websites to do with the Taft
        administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm reading
        has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
        sending him on important missions and taking Taft into
        his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
        probably earlier.

        Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
        monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term, but
        he never went as far as the progressives wanted, and
        he angered progressives by insisting on "open shops"
        among government employees.

        I'd like to see a similar reaction by the progressive
        movement now, as you mention, but how would that come
        about? Right now progressives seem to be very much on
        the defense.

        --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...> wrote:

        > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group and
        > am
        > curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances
        > that
        > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
        > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least in
        > part to a backlash against the robber barons and the
        > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
        > pious,
        > pro big business president such as Taft inspired
        > the
        > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
        > reaction
        > could repeat itself a century later.
        >
        > Tom Johnson
        >
        > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > ---------------------------------
        > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
        > then the party's message might become only marketing
        > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At
        > the
        > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on
        > both
        > accounts. They never fully committed to either
        > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and his
        > policies on civil rights, and they failed miserably
        > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence to
        > the voters.
        >
        > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been
        > reading
        > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished
        > the
        > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
        > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to
        > have
        > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
        > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked because
        > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial,
        > and
        > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
        > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
        >
        > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:
        >
        > > In politics and in my years of studying politics,
        > > I've come to the
        > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter
        > more
        > > than anything
        > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team and
        > > are willing to go
        > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning. The
        > > Dems are simply
        > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and less
        > > than bright)
        > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to
        > go,
        > > the elitist
        > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
        > > people don't vote on
        > > the issues.
        > >
        > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act
        > in
        > > 1964: "We have
        > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
        > > WRONG. They had
        > > lost the South for generations. The only times
        > when
        > > the Democratic
        > > candidate could win the South and thus the
        > election
        > > were all
        > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly) -
        > > namely, the
        > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot
        > year
        > > (1992). Then it
        > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
        > > Even worse, both
        > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
        > > attractive the Southern
        > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner enough
        > > support to win.
        > >
        > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
        > > civil rights (from
        > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
        > > freedom - are what
        > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and
        > the
        > > liberals have
        > > never been on their side. That's why the
        > > pro-slavery, anti-women
        > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic
        > bastion
        > > in the pre-FDR
        > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled
        > by
        > > the liberals.
        > >
        > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
        > > past 200 years, and
        > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these
        > liberals
        > > always get what
        > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
        > > platform of the
        > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as the
        > > far left agenda,
        > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
        > > hopeful in a longer
        > > term perspective even very disturbed in these
        > days.
        > >
        > > Ram
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        >
        >
        >
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      • Ram Lau
        Tom, Once again, welcome to our discussion group! Nothing makes me more excited than knowing that members are enjoying the topics. The progressiveness of the
        Message 3 of 25 , Aug 13, 2005
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          Tom,

          Once again, welcome to our discussion group! Nothing makes me more
          excited than knowing that members are enjoying the topics.

          The progressiveness of the country rooted way back during the era of
          the founding fathers. Ever since Benjamin Franklin and the Adams,
          there have always been what we can identify as the progressives of the
          day. They all had great causes that the contemporaries considered too
          "liberal" to be accepted, starting with the first biggest issue
          confronted the country - from John Quincy Adams (collasped on the
          House floor) spent his life fighting against slavery, to Charles
          Sumner (caned by some slaveholder in the US Senate) and other Radical
          Republicans demanding the military subjugation of the Old South. By
          the way, had the Radical Republican James Garfield survived the
          assassination and served his entire term, we probably would never have
          to deal with the racial problems that are still haunting all of us
          after generations - people like Earl Warren, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon
          Johnson, and on the other side, Strom Thurmond, George Wallace (D-AL),
          and most Southern politicians would be dealing with something else.

          Then there were struggles such as temperance (since California was a
          new state and they didn't have the South Beach diet back then, LOL!),
          class and immigrant equality, women's suffrage, separate but equal,
          child labor, and many other issues that we can list. Sometimes the
          American people are more sympathetic for a cause and we get enough
          support to form a majority and make progress. Leadership, of course,
          is one of the most important elements in any given fight. In a way, we
          are repeating what was going on a century ago, gay rights compared to
          women's rights, Iraq compared to the Philippines, corporate
          deregulations compared to corporate regulations, war on drugs compared
          to prohibitionism... You see the similarities.

          The biggest difference is perhaps the leadership of the GOP. It was
          controlled by the liberals back then - Teddy Roosevelt was a proud
          progressive. To quote myself, "the Yankee Republicans won the Civil
          War and lost the Party to the Confederacy." Despite my frustration in
          these days, I remain optimistic - for once the progress is made, it's
          no turning back. The "conservatives" can never overturn Roe v. Wade,
          not to mention bringing back the White/Colored public bathrooms and
          water fountains. But, as Greg has noted, if we want to continue to
          make new progress, the progressives must do a better job in persuading
          the American people. We can't just sit and wait for another Watergate
          (even the sequel is happening), or another Ross Perot.

          Ram


          --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...>
          wrote:
          > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group and am
          > curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances that
          > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
          > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least in
          > part to a backlash against the robber barons and the
          > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a pious,
          > pro big business president such as Taft inspired the
          > progressive movement to rebel and a similar reaction
          > could repeat itself a century later.
          >
          > Tom Johnson
          >
          > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
          >
          >
          > ---------------------------------
          > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
          > then the party's message might become only marketing
          > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At the
          > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on both
          > accounts. They never fully committed to either
          > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and his
          > policies on civil rights, and they failed miserably
          > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence to
          > the voters.
          >
          > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been reading
          > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished the
          > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
          > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to have
          > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
          > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked because
          > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial, and
          > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
          > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
          >
          > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
          >
          > > In politics and in my years of studying politics,
          > > I've come to the
          > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter more
          > > than anything
          > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team and
          > > are willing to go
          > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning. The
          > > Dems are simply
          > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and less
          > > than bright)
          > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to go,
          > > the elitist
          > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
          > > people don't vote on
          > > the issues.
          > >
          > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act in
          > > 1964: "We have
          > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
          > > WRONG. They had
          > > lost the South for generations. The only times when
          > > the Democratic
          > > candidate could win the South and thus the election
          > > were all
          > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly) -
          > > namely, the
          > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot year
          > > (1992). Then it
          > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
          > > Even worse, both
          > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
          > > attractive the Southern
          > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner enough
          > > support to win.
          > >
          > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
          > > civil rights (from
          > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
          > > freedom - are what
          > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and the
          > > liberals have
          > > never been on their side. That's why the
          > > pro-slavery, anti-women
          > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic bastion
          > > in the pre-FDR
          > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled by
          > > the liberals.
          > >
          > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
          > > past 200 years, and
          > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these liberals
          > > always get what
          > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
          > > platform of the
          > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as the
          > > far left agenda,
          > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
          > > hopeful in a longer
          > > term perspective even very disturbed in these days.
          > >
          > > Ram
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          >
          >
          >
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          >
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        • Ram Lau
          Greg, I suggest the book Nellie Taft by Carl Sferrazza Anthony: http://booktv.org/PublicLives/index.asp?segID=5711&schedID=374 Mrs. Taft wanted Taft to be
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            Greg,

            I suggest the book "Nellie Taft" by Carl Sferrazza Anthony:
            http://booktv.org/PublicLives/index.asp?segID=5711&schedID=374

            Mrs. Taft wanted Taft to be the President than Taft himself. She was
            the very first Hillary Clinton, and had met Eleanor Roosevelt on
            several occasions. She was quite a First Lady. You can probably find
            out a lot more on the Tafts and their relationship with Teddy
            Roosevelt by reading the book. I saw his book presentation on C-SPAN 2
            months ago. Will read the book once I get a chance to get at my book list.

            And as you might have noticed, I've always been lamenting the lack of
            leadership and good strategies of the current progressives. Ted
            Kennedy and Robert Byrd shouldn't have to be the ones to speak out on
            all the issues. But where are the Barack Obamas and John Edwards's? We
            definitely need more of them.

            Ram


            --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
            wrote:
            > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
            > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here have
            > suggestions on books or websites to do with the Taft
            > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm reading
            > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
            > sending him on important missions and taking Taft into
            > his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
            > probably earlier.
            >
            > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
            > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term, but
            > he never went as far as the progressives wanted, and
            > he angered progressives by insisting on "open shops"
            > among government employees.
            >
            > I'd like to see a similar reaction by the progressive
            > movement now, as you mention, but how would that come
            > about? Right now progressives seem to be very much on
            > the defense.
            >
            > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
            >
            > > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group and
            > > am
            > > curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances
            > > that
            > > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
            > > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least in
            > > part to a backlash against the robber barons and the
            > > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
            > > pious,
            > > pro big business president such as Taft inspired
            > > the
            > > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
            > > reaction
            > > could repeat itself a century later.
            > >
            > > Tom Johnson
            > >
            > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
            > >
            > >
            > > ---------------------------------
            > > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
            > > then the party's message might become only marketing
            > > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At
            > > the
            > > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on
            > > both
            > > accounts. They never fully committed to either
            > > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and his
            > > policies on civil rights, and they failed miserably
            > > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence to
            > > the voters.
            > >
            > > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been
            > > reading
            > > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished
            > > the
            > > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
            > > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to
            > > have
            > > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
            > > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked because
            > > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial,
            > > and
            > > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
            > > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
            > >
            > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
            > >
            > > > In politics and in my years of studying politics,
            > > > I've come to the
            > > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter
            > > more
            > > > than anything
            > > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team and
            > > > are willing to go
            > > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning. The
            > > > Dems are simply
            > > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and less
            > > > than bright)
            > > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to
            > > go,
            > > > the elitist
            > > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
            > > > people don't vote on
            > > > the issues.
            > > >
            > > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act
            > > in
            > > > 1964: "We have
            > > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
            > > > WRONG. They had
            > > > lost the South for generations. The only times
            > > when
            > > > the Democratic
            > > > candidate could win the South and thus the
            > > election
            > > > were all
            > > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly) -
            > > > namely, the
            > > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot
            > > year
            > > > (1992). Then it
            > > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
            > > > Even worse, both
            > > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
            > > > attractive the Southern
            > > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner enough
            > > > support to win.
            > > >
            > > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
            > > > civil rights (from
            > > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
            > > > freedom - are what
            > > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and
            > > the
            > > > liberals have
            > > > never been on their side. That's why the
            > > > pro-slavery, anti-women
            > > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic
            > > bastion
            > > > in the pre-FDR
            > > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled
            > > by
            > > > the liberals.
            > > >
            > > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
            > > > past 200 years, and
            > > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these
            > > liberals
            > > > always get what
            > > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
            > > > platform of the
            > > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as the
            > > > far left agenda,
            > > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
            > > > hopeful in a longer
            > > > term perspective even very disturbed in these
            > > days.
            > > >
            > > > Ram
            > > >
            > > >
            > > >
            > > >
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > ---------------------------------
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            > >
            > >
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            > >
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            > > to:
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            > > Yahoo!
            > > Terms of Service.
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            > >
            > >
          • Ram Lau
            I m quite sure I posted the 1904 Socialist Party Platform last year. I will re-post if you can t search it and want to take a look at it. Also, Debs ran as the
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              I'm quite sure I posted the 1904 Socialist Party Platform last year. I
              will re-post if you can't search it and want to take a look at it.
              Also, Debs ran as the Socialist candidate in the presidential election
              of 1904 for the first time. From Wikipedia:

              "He was a candidate for President of the United States in 1900 as a
              member of the Social Democratic Party. He was later the Socialist
              Party of America candidate for President in 1904, 1908, 1912, and
              1920, the final time from prison.

              Debs was, however, largely dismissive of the electoral process: he
              distrusted the political bargains that Victor Berger and other "sewer
              socialists" had made in winning local offices and put much more value
              on the organization of workers, particularly on industrial lines. Yet
              Debs was equally uncomfortable with the apolitical syndicalism of some
              within the Industrial Workers of the World. While he was an early
              supporter of the IWW, he was later appalled by what he considered the
              IWW's irresponsible advocacy of direct action, especially sabotage.

              Although Debs criticized the apolitical "pure and simple unionism" of
              the railroad brotherhoods and the craft unions within the American
              Federation of Labor, he practiced a form of pure and simple socialism
              that underestimated the lasting power of racism, which he viewed as an
              aspect of capitalist exploitation. As Debs wrote in 1903, the party
              had "nothing specific to offer the negro, and we cannot make special
              appeals to all the races. The Socialist party is the party of the
              working class, regardless of color—the whole working class of the
              whole world". Yet Debs was more advanced on this issue than many
              others in the Socialist Party: he denounced racism throughout his
              years as a socialist, refusing to address segregated audiences in the
              South and condemning D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation".

              Debs was a charismatic speaker who called on the vocabulary of
              Christianity and much of the oratorical style of evangelism—even
              though he was generally disdainful of organized religion. As Heywood
              Broun noted in his eulogy for Debs, quoting a fellow Socialist: "That
              old man with the burning eyes actually believes that there can be such
              a thing as the brotherhood of man. And that's not the funniest part of
              it. As long as he's around I believe it myself."

              Debs himself was not wholly comfortable with his prowess as a speaker.
              As he told an audience in Utah in 1910:

              I am not a Labor Leader; I do not want you to follow me or anyone
              else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this
              capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not
              lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I lead you in,
              some one else would lead you out. YOU MUST USE YOUR HEADS AS WELL AS
              YOUR HANDS, and get yourself out of your present condition."

              Ram


              --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
              wrote:
              > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
              > then the party's message might become only marketing
              > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At the
              > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on both
              > accounts. They never fully committed to either
              > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and his
              > policies on civil rights, and they failed miserably
              > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence to
              > the voters.
              >
              > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been reading
              > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished the
              > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
              > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to have
              > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
              > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked because
              > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial, and
              > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
              > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
              >
              > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
              >
              > > In politics and in my years of studying politics,
              > > I've come to the
              > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter more
              > > than anything
              > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team and
              > > are willing to go
              > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning. The
              > > Dems are simply
              > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and less
              > > than bright)
              > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to go,
              > > the elitist
              > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
              > > people don't vote on
              > > the issues.
              > >
              > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act in
              > > 1964: "We have
              > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
              > > WRONG. They had
              > > lost the South for generations. The only times when
              > > the Democratic
              > > candidate could win the South and thus the election
              > > were all
              > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly) -
              > > namely, the
              > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot year
              > > (1992). Then it
              > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
              > > Even worse, both
              > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
              > > attractive the Southern
              > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner enough
              > > support to win.
              > >
              > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
              > > civil rights (from
              > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
              > > freedom - are what
              > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and the
              > > liberals have
              > > never been on their side. That's why the
              > > pro-slavery, anti-women
              > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic bastion
              > > in the pre-FDR
              > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled by
              > > the liberals.
              > >
              > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
              > > past 200 years, and
              > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these liberals
              > > always get what
              > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
              > > platform of the
              > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as the
              > > far left agenda,
              > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
              > > hopeful in a longer
              > > term perspective even very disturbed in these days.
              > >
              > > Ram
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
            • THOMAS JOHNSON
              Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses and welcoming me into the group. I have entertained the notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was the most
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                Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses and
                welcoming me into the group. I have entertained the
                notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was the most
                analogous to our current inhabitant. He was born into
                political privilege, divisive, pious,
                anti-environment, and a pawn of the party machinery
                (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                nomination). I also would have included a puppet of
                big business, but after doing a little reading
                tonight, he apparently did some trust-busting. He
                seems to have had a pretty good post-presidency,
                including serving on the US Supreme Court. I also find
                it heartening that he and TR, who had been close
                friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor), and
                were able to have an amicable lunch together before
                the latter's death , significant in that in the 1912
                primaries terms such as 'fathead' and 'congenital
                liar' were thrown at each other.
                I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony Cspan
                interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that Ram
                alluded to and came away with feeling that she was
                pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see the whole
                segment and for the great Coolidge interview, the Debs
                profile and for answering my question. I'm learning a
                lot form you guys.

                Tom Johnson

                --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:


                ---------------------------------
                I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
                like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here have
                suggestions on books or websites to do with the Taft
                administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm reading
                has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
                sending him on important missions and taking Taft into
                his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
                probably earlier.

                Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
                monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term, but
                he never went as far as the progressives wanted, and
                he angered progressives by insisting on "open shops"
                among government employees.

                I'd like to see a similar reaction by the progressive
                movement now, as you mention, but how would that come
                about? Right now progressives seem to be very much on
                the defense.

                --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...> wrote:

                > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group and
                > am
                > curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances
                > that
                > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
                > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least in
                > part to a backlash against the robber barons and the
                > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
                > pious,
                > pro big business president such as Taft inspired
                > the
                > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
                > reaction
                > could repeat itself a century later.
                >
                > Tom Johnson
                >
                > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:
                >
                >
                > ---------------------------------
                > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
                > then the party's message might become only marketing
                > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At
                > the
                > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on
                > both
                > accounts. They never fully committed to either
                > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and his
                > policies on civil rights, and they failed miserably
                > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence to
                > the voters.
                >
                > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been
                > reading
                > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished
                > the
                > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
                > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to
                > have
                > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
                > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked because
                > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial,
                > and
                > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
                > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
                >
                > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:
                >
                > > In politics and in my years of studying politics,
                > > I've come to the
                > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter
                > more
                > > than anything
                > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team and
                > > are willing to go
                > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning. The
                > > Dems are simply
                > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and less
                > > than bright)
                > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to
                > go,
                > > the elitist
                > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
                > > people don't vote on
                > > the issues.
                > >
                > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act
                > in
                > > 1964: "We have
                > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
                > > WRONG. They had
                > > lost the South for generations. The only times
                > when
                > > the Democratic
                > > candidate could win the South and thus the
                > election
                > > were all
                > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly) -
                > > namely, the
                > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot
                > year
                > > (1992). Then it
                > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
                > > Even worse, both
                > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
                > > attractive the Southern
                > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner enough
                > > support to win.
                > >
                > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
                > > civil rights (from
                > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
                > > freedom - are what
                > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and
                > the
                > > liberals have
                > > never been on their side. That's why the
                > > pro-slavery, anti-women
                > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic
                > bastion
                > > in the pre-FDR
                > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled
                > by
                > > the liberals.
                > >
                > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
                > > past 200 years, and
                > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these
                > liberals
                > > always get what
                > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
                > > platform of the
                > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as the
                > > far left agenda,
                > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
                > > hopeful in a longer
                > > term perspective even very disturbed in these
                > days.
                > >
                > > Ram
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > >
                >
                >
                >
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              • Ram Lau
                Because of his deep sense of fairness and equality that the original Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb Supreme Court Chief Justice. I find it
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                  Because of his deep sense of fairness and equality that the original
                  Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb Supreme Court Chief
                  Justice. I find it impossible to picture what kind of Justice Bush or
                  Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only bother God when
                  necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will never happen to mankind.

                  The 1912 election was a critical election. The Democratic Party for
                  the first time experienced the progressive elements that Woodrow
                  Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced, while the Republican Party
                  began to turn from a center-left party to something totally different
                  half a century later. Here is the transcript of the BookTV interview
                  with the author of the book "1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft, and Debs -
                  The Election That Changed the Country," a very readable book:

                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192

                  Ram


                  --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                  wrote:
                  > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses and
                  > welcoming me into the group. I have entertained the
                  > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was the most
                  > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was born into
                  > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                  > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party machinery
                  > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                  > nomination). I also would have included a puppet of
                  > big business, but after doing a little reading
                  > tonight, he apparently did some trust-busting. He
                  > seems to have had a pretty good post-presidency,
                  > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I also find
                  > it heartening that he and TR, who had been close
                  > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor), and
                  > were able to have an amicable lunch together before
                  > the latter's death , significant in that in the 1912
                  > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and 'congenital
                  > liar' were thrown at each other.
                  > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony Cspan
                  > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that Ram
                  > alluded to and came away with feeling that she was
                  > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see the whole
                  > segment and for the great Coolidge interview, the Debs
                  > profile and for answering my question. I'm learning a
                  > lot form you guys.
                  >
                  > Tom Johnson
                  >
                  > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                  >
                  >
                  > ---------------------------------
                  > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
                  > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here have
                  > suggestions on books or websites to do with the Taft
                  > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm reading
                  > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
                  > sending him on important missions and taking Taft into
                  > his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
                  > probably earlier.
                  >
                  > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
                  > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term, but
                  > he never went as far as the progressives wanted, and
                  > he angered progressives by insisting on "open shops"
                  > among government employees.
                  >
                  > I'd like to see a similar reaction by the progressive
                  > movement now, as you mention, but how would that come
                  > about? Right now progressives seem to be very much on
                  > the defense.
                  >
                  > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                  >
                  > > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group and
                  > > am
                  > > curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances
                  > > that
                  > > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
                  > > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least in
                  > > part to a backlash against the robber barons and the
                  > > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
                  > > pious,
                  > > pro big business president such as Taft inspired
                  > > the
                  > > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
                  > > reaction
                  > > could repeat itself a century later.
                  > >
                  > > Tom Johnson
                  > >
                  > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > ---------------------------------
                  > > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
                  > > then the party's message might become only marketing
                  > > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At
                  > > the
                  > > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on
                  > > both
                  > > accounts. They never fully committed to either
                  > > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and his
                  > > policies on civil rights, and they failed miserably
                  > > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence to
                  > > the voters.
                  > >
                  > > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been
                  > > reading
                  > > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished
                  > > the
                  > > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
                  > > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to
                  > > have
                  > > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
                  > > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked because
                  > > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial,
                  > > and
                  > > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
                  > > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
                  > >
                  > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > > In politics and in my years of studying politics,
                  > > > I've come to the
                  > > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter
                  > > more
                  > > > than anything
                  > > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team and
                  > > > are willing to go
                  > > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning. The
                  > > > Dems are simply
                  > > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and less
                  > > > than bright)
                  > > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to
                  > > go,
                  > > > the elitist
                  > > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
                  > > > people don't vote on
                  > > > the issues.
                  > > >
                  > > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act
                  > > in
                  > > > 1964: "We have
                  > > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
                  > > > WRONG. They had
                  > > > lost the South for generations. The only times
                  > > when
                  > > > the Democratic
                  > > > candidate could win the South and thus the
                  > > election
                  > > > were all
                  > > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly) -
                  > > > namely, the
                  > > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot
                  > > year
                  > > > (1992). Then it
                  > > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
                  > > > Even worse, both
                  > > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
                  > > > attractive the Southern
                  > > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner enough
                  > > > support to win.
                  > > >
                  > > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
                  > > > civil rights (from
                  > > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
                  > > > freedom - are what
                  > > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and
                  > > the
                  > > > liberals have
                  > > > never been on their side. That's why the
                  > > > pro-slavery, anti-women
                  > > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic
                  > > bastion
                  > > > in the pre-FDR
                  > > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled
                  > > by
                  > > > the liberals.
                  > > >
                  > > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
                  > > > past 200 years, and
                  > > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these
                  > > liberals
                  > > > always get what
                  > > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
                  > > > platform of the
                  > > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as the
                  > > > far left agenda,
                  > > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
                  > > > hopeful in a longer
                  > > > term perspective even very disturbed in these
                  > > days.
                  > > >
                  > > > Ram
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
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                • THOMAS JOHNSON
                  Thanks,Ram, for the clarification and the BookTV interview about the 1912 election. First of all, I d like to apologize to the legacy of Taft for comparing
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                    Thanks,Ram, for the clarification and the BookTV
                    interview about the 1912 election. First of all, I'd
                    like to apologize to the legacy of Taft for comparing
                    Bush to him.. After learning more about him, I feel
                    like I slimed him by lumping him in with Bush 43.
                    In reading the interview, I was very surprised to
                    learn that of the 4 nominees ( Taft, Wilson, Roosevelt
                    and Debs) in the 1912 presidential race, that Wilson
                    seemed to have the most in common with Bush, in that
                    they govern(ed) from a place of divine ordination,
                    although it is not clear to me whether Wilson applied
                    that philosophy in general or just in the Treaty of
                    Versailles. I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                    the threat of prosecution of sedition as a political
                    tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm curious
                    whether that it is reasonable to assume that Deb's
                    incarceration under the Espionage Act was an attempt
                    to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                    I found the image of a weeping Taft being the last to
                    leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the fact
                    that TR delivered a 50 minute speech, immediately
                    after taking a bullet in the chest, astounding.

                    Tom Johnson




                    --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:


                    ---------------------------------
                    Because of his deep sense of fairness and equality
                    that the original
                    Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb Supreme
                    Court Chief
                    Justice. I find it impossible to picture what kind of
                    Justice Bush or
                    Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only bother
                    God when
                    necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will never
                    happen to mankind.

                    The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                    Democratic Party for
                    the first time experienced the progressive elements
                    that Woodrow
                    Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced, while the
                    Republican Party
                    began to turn from a center-left party to something
                    totally different
                    half a century later. Here is the transcript of the
                    BookTV interview
                    with the author of the book "1912: Wilson, Roosevelt,
                    Taft, and Debs -
                    The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                    readable book:

                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192

                    Ram


                    --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON
                    <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                    wrote:
                    > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses and
                    > welcoming me into the group. I have entertained the
                    > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was the most
                    > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was born
                    into
                    > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                    > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party machinery
                    > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                    > nomination). I also would have included a puppet of
                    > big business, but after doing a little reading
                    > tonight, he apparently did some trust-busting. He
                    > seems to have had a pretty good post-presidency,
                    > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I also
                    find
                    > it heartening that he and TR, who had been close
                    > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor), and
                    > were able to have an amicable lunch together before
                    > the latter's death , significant in that in the
                    1912
                    > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and 'congenital
                    > liar' were thrown at each other.
                    > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony Cspan
                    > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that Ram
                    > alluded to and came away with feeling that she was
                    > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see the
                    whole
                    > segment and for the great Coolidge interview, the
                    Debs
                    > profile and for answering my question. I'm learning
                    a
                    > lot form you guys.
                    >
                    > Tom Johnson
                    >
                    > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                    >
                    >
                    > ---------------------------------
                    > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
                    > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here have
                    > suggestions on books or websites to do with the Taft
                    > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm reading
                    > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
                    > sending him on important missions and taking Taft
                    into
                    > his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
                    > probably earlier.
                    >
                    > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
                    > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term,
                    but
                    > he never went as far as the progressives wanted, and
                    > he angered progressives by insisting on "open shops"
                    > among government employees.
                    >
                    > I'd like to see a similar reaction by the
                    progressive
                    > movement now, as you mention, but how would that
                    come
                    > about? Right now progressives seem to be very much
                    on
                    > the defense.
                    >
                    > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                    >
                    > > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group
                    and
                    > > am
                    > > curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances
                    > > that
                    > > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
                    > > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least
                    in
                    > > part to a backlash against the robber barons and
                    the
                    > > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
                    > > pious,
                    > > pro big business president such as Taft inspired
                    > > the
                    > > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
                    > > reaction
                    > > could repeat itself a century later.
                    > >
                    > > Tom Johnson
                    > >
                    > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > ---------------------------------
                    > > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
                    > > then the party's message might become only
                    marketing
                    > > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At
                    > > the
                    > > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on
                    > > both
                    > > accounts. They never fully committed to either
                    > > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and
                    his
                    > > policies on civil rights, and they failed
                    miserably
                    > > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence
                    to
                    > > the voters.
                    > >
                    > > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been
                    > > reading
                    > > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished
                    > > the
                    > > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
                    > > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to
                    > > have
                    > > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
                    > > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked
                    because
                    > > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial,
                    > > and
                    > > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
                    > > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
                    > >
                    > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                    > >
                    > > > In politics and in my years of studying
                    politics,
                    > > > I've come to the
                    > > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter
                    > > more
                    > > > than anything
                    > > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team
                    and
                    > > > are willing to go
                    > > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning.
                    The
                    > > > Dems are simply
                    > > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and
                    less
                    > > > than bright)
                    > > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to
                    > > go,
                    > > > the elitist
                    > > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
                    > > > people don't vote on
                    > > > the issues.
                    > > >
                    > > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act
                    > > in
                    > > > 1964: "We have
                    > > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
                    > > > WRONG. They had
                    > > > lost the South for generations. The only times
                    > > when
                    > > > the Democratic
                    > > > candidate could win the South and thus the
                    > > election
                    > > > were all
                    > > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly)
                    -
                    > > > namely, the
                    > > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot
                    > > year
                    > > > (1992). Then it
                    > > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
                    > > > Even worse, both
                    > > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
                    > > > attractive the Southern
                    > > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner
                    enough
                    > > > support to win.
                    > > >
                    > > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
                    > > > civil rights (from
                    > > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
                    > > > freedom - are what
                    > > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and
                    > > the
                    > > > liberals have
                    > > > never been on their side. That's why the
                    > > > pro-slavery, anti-women
                    > > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic
                    > > bastion
                    > > > in the pre-FDR
                    > > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled
                    > > by
                    > > > the liberals.
                    > > >
                    > > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
                    > > > past 200 years, and
                    > > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these
                    > > liberals
                    > > > always get what
                    > > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
                    > > > platform of the
                    > > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as
                    the
                    > > > far left agenda,
                    > > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
                    > > > hopeful in a longer
                    > > > term perspective even very disturbed in these
                    > > days.
                    > > >
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                    Wilson and Bryan was the transitional generation for the Dems. Wilson was a Southerner who happened to be an educated conservative, and he was not one of those
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                      Wilson and Bryan was the transitional generation for the Dems.
                      Wilson was a Southerner who happened to be an educated conservative,
                      and he was not one of those orthodox Southern Democrats in his days.
                      After all, he became President of Princeton and Governor of New
                      Jersey before the Presidency. I like Taft for being real and honest,
                      even I think he was a little too passive and conservative as an Ohio
                      Republican a century ago. But, to be fair, Taft was just as centrist
                      as Wilson.

                      The country wanted progressives at a time when the Triangle Factory
                      Fire just happened, and the anti-child labor sentiment and women's
                      rights movement were fermenting. The 1912 election was all about
                      the "America can do better" feelings.

                      Ram


                      --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON
                      <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                      > Thanks,Ram, for the clarification and the BookTV
                      > interview about the 1912 election. First of all, I'd
                      > like to apologize to the legacy of Taft for comparing
                      > Bush to him.. After learning more about him, I feel
                      > like I slimed him by lumping him in with Bush 43.
                      > In reading the interview, I was very surprised to
                      > learn that of the 4 nominees ( Taft, Wilson, Roosevelt
                      > and Debs) in the 1912 presidential race, that Wilson
                      > seemed to have the most in common with Bush, in that
                      > they govern(ed) from a place of divine ordination,
                      > although it is not clear to me whether Wilson applied
                      > that philosophy in general or just in the Treaty of
                      > Versailles. I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                      > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a political
                      > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm curious
                      > whether that it is reasonable to assume that Deb's
                      > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an attempt
                      > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                      > I found the image of a weeping Taft being the last to
                      > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the fact
                      > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech, immediately
                      > after taking a bullet in the chest, astounding.
                      >
                      > Tom Johnson
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                      >
                      >
                      > ---------------------------------
                      > Because of his deep sense of fairness and equality
                      > that the original
                      > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb Supreme
                      > Court Chief
                      > Justice. I find it impossible to picture what kind of
                      > Justice Bush or
                      > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only bother
                      > God when
                      > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will never
                      > happen to mankind.
                      >
                      > The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                      > Democratic Party for
                      > the first time experienced the progressive elements
                      > that Woodrow
                      > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced, while the
                      > Republican Party
                      > began to turn from a center-left party to something
                      > totally different
                      > half a century later. Here is the transcript of the
                      > BookTV interview
                      > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson, Roosevelt,
                      > Taft, and Debs -
                      > The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                      > readable book:
                      >
                      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                      >
                      > Ram
                      >
                      >
                      > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON
                      > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                      > wrote:
                      > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses and
                      > > welcoming me into the group. I have entertained the
                      > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was the most
                      > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was born
                      > into
                      > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                      > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party machinery
                      > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                      > > nomination). I also would have included a puppet of
                      > > big business, but after doing a little reading
                      > > tonight, he apparently did some trust-busting. He
                      > > seems to have had a pretty good post-presidency,
                      > > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I also
                      > find
                      > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been close
                      > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor), and
                      > > were able to have an amicable lunch together before
                      > > the latter's death , significant in that in the
                      > 1912
                      > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and 'congenital
                      > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                      > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony Cspan
                      > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that Ram
                      > > alluded to and came away with feeling that she was
                      > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see the
                      > whole
                      > > segment and for the great Coolidge interview, the
                      > Debs
                      > > profile and for answering my question. I'm learning
                      > a
                      > > lot form you guys.
                      > >
                      > > Tom Johnson
                      > >
                      > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > ---------------------------------
                      > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
                      > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here have
                      > > suggestions on books or websites to do with the Taft
                      > > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm reading
                      > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
                      > > sending him on important missions and taking Taft
                      > into
                      > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
                      > > probably earlier.
                      > >
                      > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
                      > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term,
                      > but
                      > > he never went as far as the progressives wanted, and
                      > > he angered progressives by insisting on "open shops"
                      > > among government employees.
                      > >
                      > > I'd like to see a similar reaction by the
                      > progressive
                      > > movement now, as you mention, but how would that
                      > come
                      > > about? Right now progressives seem to be very much
                      > on
                      > > the defense.
                      > >
                      > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                      > >
                      > > > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group
                      > and
                      > > > am
                      > > > curious if anyone thinks the progressive advances
                      > > > that
                      > > > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
                      > > > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at least
                      > in
                      > > > part to a backlash against the robber barons and
                      > the
                      > > > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
                      > > > pious,
                      > > > pro big business president such as Taft inspired
                      > > > the
                      > > > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
                      > > > reaction
                      > > > could repeat itself a century later.
                      > > >
                      > > > Tom Johnson
                      > > >
                      > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > > > ---------------------------------
                      > > > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too far
                      > > > then the party's message might become only
                      > marketing
                      > > > and packaging, with a great lack of substance. At
                      > > > the
                      > > > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking on
                      > > > both
                      > > > accounts. They never fully committed to either
                      > > > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and
                      > his
                      > > > policies on civil rights, and they failed
                      > miserably
                      > > > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence
                      > to
                      > > > the voters.
                      > > >
                      > > > What did the Socialists say in 1904? I've been
                      > > > reading
                      > > > a Teddy Roosevelt biography and recently finished
                      > > > the
                      > > > part on the 1904 election and didn't hear the
                      > > > Socialists mentioned. The Democrats sure seem to
                      > > > have
                      > > > picked an unfortunate candidate that year, a judge
                      > > > named Alton Parker who was apparently picked
                      > because
                      > > > he seemed very very nonpartisan, uncontroversial,
                      > > > and
                      > > > boring in contrast to Roosevelt who was very
                      > > > flamboyant and nearly always controversial.
                      > > >
                      > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                      > > >
                      > > > > In politics and in my years of studying
                      > politics,
                      > > > > I've come to the
                      > > > > conclusion that marketing and packaging matter
                      > > > more
                      > > > > than anything
                      > > > > else. The GOP has a much better marketing team
                      > and
                      > > > > are willing to go
                      > > > > for the nasties, that's why they keep winning.
                      > The
                      > > > > Dems are simply
                      > > > > whiney losers who keep picking the wrong (and
                      > less
                      > > > > than bright)
                      > > > > candidates. Moral high ground is not the way to
                      > > > go,
                      > > > > the elitist
                      > > > > liberals should understand. And, honestly, most
                      > > > > people don't vote on
                      > > > > the issues.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > LBJ's prophecy upon signing the Civil Rights Act
                      > > > in
                      > > > > 1964: "We have
                      > > > > just lost the South for a generation." He's dead
                      > > > > WRONG. They had
                      > > > > lost the South for generations. The only times
                      > > > when
                      > > > > the Democratic
                      > > > > candidate could win the South and thus the
                      > > > election
                      > > > > were all
                      > > > > accidental (when the GOP screwed up very badly)
                      > -
                      > > > > namely, the
                      > > > > Watergate referendum year (1976) and the Perot
                      > > > year
                      > > > > (1992). Then it
                      > > > > took a Clinton miracle to get re-elcted in 1996.
                      > > > > Even worse, both
                      > > > > Carter and Clinton had to be a Southerner to
                      > > > > attractive the Southern
                      > > > > moderates who don't usually vote to garner
                      > enough
                      > > > > support to win.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > The only issues that matter to most - abortion,
                      > > > > civil rights (from
                      > > > > affirmative action to gay rights), and religious
                      > > > > freedom - are what
                      > > > > the Southerners care about (to deprive them) and
                      > > > the
                      > > > > liberals have
                      > > > > never been on their side. That's why the
                      > > > > pro-slavery, anti-women
                      > > > > rights, xenophobic South was the Democratic
                      > > > bastion
                      > > > > in the pre-FDR
                      > > > > days when the Yankee Republicans were controlled
                      > > > by
                      > > > > the liberals.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Liberalism doesn't sell well in the South in the
                      > > > > past 200 years, and
                      > > > > I doubt ever will. Ironically enough, these
                      > > > liberals
                      > > > > always get what
                      > > > > they want a generation later or two. Read the
                      > > > > platform of the
                      > > > > Socialist Party in 1904. What was perceived as
                      > the
                      > > > > far left agenda,
                      > > > > we have adopted most of it. That's why I'm still
                      > > > > hopeful in a longer
                      > > > > term perspective even very disturbed in these
                      > > > days.
                      > > > >
                      > > > > Ram
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                      I don t know the details of Debs prosecution, but I recall reading that Coolidge eventually pardoned him. And Debs did still get about a million votes in
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                        I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution, but I
                        recall reading that Coolidge eventually pardoned him.
                        And Debs did still get about a million votes in 1920,
                        though he was still in jail.

                        The best (and really only) book I've read on the use
                        of the Espionage Act was the second volume of Emma
                        Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she was not
                        only jailed but also deported to the Soviet Union
                        (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never allowed to
                        return to America, all because she'd made speeches
                        against the war and against the draft. Thousands were
                        deported at the same time as her. I recall that her
                        anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney general
                        than at Wilson himself.

                        --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...> wrote:
                        > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                        > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                        > political
                        > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm curious
                        > whether that it is reasonable to assume that Deb's
                        > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an attempt
                        > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                        > I found the image of a weeping Taft being the last
                        > to
                        > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the fact
                        > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech, immediately
                        > after taking a bullet in the chest, astounding.
                        >
                        > Tom Johnson
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:
                        >
                        >
                        > ---------------------------------
                        > Because of his deep sense of fairness and equality
                        > that the original
                        > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb
                        > Supreme
                        > Court Chief
                        > Justice. I find it impossible to picture what kind
                        > of
                        > Justice Bush or
                        > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only
                        > bother
                        > God when
                        > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will never
                        > happen to mankind.
                        >
                        > The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                        > Democratic Party for
                        > the first time experienced the progressive elements
                        > that Woodrow
                        > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced, while
                        > the
                        > Republican Party
                        > began to turn from a center-left party to something
                        > totally different
                        > half a century later. Here is the transcript of the
                        > BookTV interview
                        > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                        > Roosevelt,
                        > Taft, and Debs -
                        > The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                        > readable book:
                        >
                        >
                        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                        >
                        > Ram
                        >
                        >
                        > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
                        > JOHNSON
                        > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                        > wrote:
                        > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses and
                        > > welcoming me into the group. I have entertained
                        > the
                        > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was the
                        > most
                        > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was born
                        > into
                        > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                        > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                        > machinery
                        > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                        > > nomination). I also would have included a puppet
                        > of
                        > > big business, but after doing a little reading
                        > > tonight, he apparently did some trust-busting. He
                        > > seems to have had a pretty good post-presidency,
                        > > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I also
                        > find
                        > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been close
                        > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor), and
                        >
                        > > were able to have an amicable lunch together
                        > before
                        > > the latter's death , significant in that in the
                        > 1912
                        > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and 'congenital
                        > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                        > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony
                        > Cspan
                        > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that Ram
                        > > alluded to and came away with feeling that she
                        > was
                        > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see the
                        > whole
                        > > segment and for the great Coolidge interview, the
                        > Debs
                        > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                        > learning
                        > a
                        > > lot form you guys.
                        > >
                        > > Tom Johnson
                        > >
                        > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > ---------------------------------
                        > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
                        > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here
                        > have
                        > > suggestions on books or websites to do with the
                        > Taft
                        > > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm
                        > reading
                        > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
                        > > sending him on important missions and taking Taft
                        > into
                        > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
                        > > probably earlier.
                        > >
                        > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
                        > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term,
                        > but
                        > > he never went as far as the progressives wanted,
                        > and
                        > > he angered progressives by insisting on "open
                        > shops"
                        > > among government employees.
                        > >
                        > > I'd like to see a similar reaction by the
                        > progressive
                        > > movement now, as you mention, but how would that
                        > come
                        > > about? Right now progressives seem to be very much
                        > on
                        > > the defense.
                        > >
                        > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                        > >
                        > > > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group
                        > and
                        > > > am
                        > > > curious if anyone thinks the progressive
                        > advances
                        > > > that
                        > > > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
                        > > > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at
                        > least
                        > in
                        > > > part to a backlash against the robber barons and
                        > the
                        > > > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
                        > > > pious,
                        > > > pro big business president such as Taft
                        > inspired
                        > > > the
                        > > > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
                        > > > reaction
                        > > > could repeat itself a century later.
                        > > >
                        > > > Tom Johnson
                        > > >
                        > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > ---------------------------------
                        > > > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too
                        > far
                        > > > then the party's message might become only
                        > marketing
                        > > > and packaging, with a great lack of substance.
                        > At
                        > > > the
                        > > > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking
                        > on
                        > > > both
                        > > > accounts. They never fully committed to either
                        > > > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and
                        > his
                        > > > policies on civil rights, and they failed
                        > miserably
                        > > > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence
                        > to
                        >
                        === message truncated ===
                      • Ram Lau
                        Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn Rand, surely a very different personality. (Ann Coulter of her generation?) I sometimes wonder if the Red Scare had
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                          Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn Rand, surely a very
                          different personality. (Ann Coulter of her generation?) I sometimes
                          wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do with the imprisonment.

                          Ram


                          --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
                          wrote:
                          > I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution, but I
                          > recall reading that Coolidge eventually pardoned him.
                          > And Debs did still get about a million votes in 1920,
                          > though he was still in jail.
                          >
                          > The best (and really only) book I've read on the use
                          > of the Espionage Act was the second volume of Emma
                          > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she was not
                          > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet Union
                          > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never allowed to
                          > return to America, all because she'd made speeches
                          > against the war and against the draft. Thousands were
                          > deported at the same time as her. I recall that her
                          > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney general
                          > than at Wilson himself.
                          >
                          > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                          > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                          > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                          > > political
                          > > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm curious
                          > > whether that it is reasonable to assume that Deb's
                          > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an attempt
                          > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                          > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being the last
                          > > to
                          > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the fact
                          > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech, immediately
                          > > after taking a bullet in the chest, astounding.
                          > >
                          > > Tom Johnson
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > ---------------------------------
                          > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and equality
                          > > that the original
                          > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb
                          > > Supreme
                          > > Court Chief
                          > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture what kind
                          > > of
                          > > Justice Bush or
                          > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only
                          > > bother
                          > > God when
                          > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will never
                          > > happen to mankind.
                          > >
                          > > The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                          > > Democratic Party for
                          > > the first time experienced the progressive elements
                          > > that Woodrow
                          > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced, while
                          > > the
                          > > Republican Party
                          > > began to turn from a center-left party to something
                          > > totally different
                          > > half a century later. Here is the transcript of the
                          > > BookTV interview
                          > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                          > > Roosevelt,
                          > > Taft, and Debs -
                          > > The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                          > > readable book:
                          > >
                          > >
                          > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                          > >
                          > > Ram
                          > >
                          > >
                          > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
                          > > JOHNSON
                          > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                          > > wrote:
                          > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses and
                          > > > welcoming me into the group. I have entertained
                          > > the
                          > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was the
                          > > most
                          > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was born
                          > > into
                          > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                          > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                          > > machinery
                          > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                          > > > nomination). I also would have included a puppet
                          > > of
                          > > > big business, but after doing a little reading
                          > > > tonight, he apparently did some trust-busting. He
                          > > > seems to have had a pretty good post-presidency,
                          > > > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I also
                          > > find
                          > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been close
                          > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor), and
                          > >
                          > > > were able to have an amicable lunch together
                          > > before
                          > > > the latter's death , significant in that in the
                          > > 1912
                          > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and 'congenital
                          > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                          > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony
                          > > Cspan
                          > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that Ram
                          > > > alluded to and came away with feeling that she
                          > > was
                          > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see the
                          > > whole
                          > > > segment and for the great Coolidge interview, the
                          > > Debs
                          > > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                          > > learning
                          > > a
                          > > > lot form you guys.
                          > > >
                          > > > Tom Johnson
                          > > >
                          > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                          > > >
                          > > >
                          > > > ---------------------------------
                          > > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd also
                          > > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here
                          > > have
                          > > > suggestions on books or websites to do with the
                          > > Taft
                          > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm
                          > > reading
                          > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy began
                          > > > sending him on important missions and taking Taft
                          > > into
                          > > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905 though
                          > > > probably earlier.
                          > > >
                          > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions of
                          > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first term,
                          > > but
                          > > > he never went as far as the progressives wanted,
                          > > and
                          > > > he angered progressives by insisting on "open
                          > > shops"
                          > > > among government employees.
                          > > >
                          > > > I'd like to see a similar reaction by the
                          > > progressive
                          > > > movement now, as you mention, but how would that
                          > > come
                          > > > about? Right now progressives seem to be very much
                          > > on
                          > > > the defense.
                          > > >
                          > > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                          > > >
                          > > > > I'm really enjoying the posting from this group
                          > > and
                          > > > > am
                          > > > > curious if anyone thinks the progressive
                          > > advances
                          > > > > that
                          > > > > were developing around 100 years ago, such as
                          > > > > suffrage and shorter workdays, were due at
                          > > least
                          > > in
                          > > > > part to a backlash against the robber barons and
                          > > the
                          > > > > Taft administration. It would give me hope if a
                          > > > > pious,
                          > > > > pro big business president such as Taft
                          > > inspired
                          > > > > the
                          > > > > progressive movement to rebel and a similar
                          > > > > reaction
                          > > > > could repeat itself a century later.
                          > > > >
                          > > > > Tom Johnson
                          > > > >
                          > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                          > > > >
                          > > > >
                          > > > > ---------------------------------
                          > > > > I agree with you, but I fear that if taken too
                          > > far
                          > > > > then the party's message might become only
                          > > marketing
                          > > > > and packaging, with a great lack of substance.
                          > > At
                          > > > > the
                          > > > > moment though the Democrats seem to be lacking
                          > > on
                          > > > > both
                          > > > > accounts. They never fully committed to either
                          > > > > opposing or supporting Bush's foreign policy and
                          > > his
                          > > > > policies on civil rights, and they failed
                          > > miserably
                          > > > > when they attempted to explain their ambivalence
                          > > to
                          > >
                          > === message truncated ===
                        • Ram Lau
                          I forgot to mention that everyone was using cocaine legally in that progressive era. :-) Ram
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                            I forgot to mention that everyone was using cocaine legally in that
                            "progressive" era. :-)

                            Ram
                          • Greg Cannon
                            I have vague knowledge of Rand s writings and philosophy. I think they both believed in what they thought of as libertarianism, but had very different views on
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                              I have vague knowledge of Rand's writings and
                              philosophy. I think they both believed in what they
                              thought of as libertarianism, but had very different
                              views on what exactly that was. Goldman's allies were
                              nearly always on the left. She had many friends who
                              were socialist and communist, though she'd always
                              disagree with them on many things. I think the main
                              thing they agreed on was that private property should
                              be done away with, and that's one thing I'm sure Rand
                              would disagree with them on. Goldman also joined them
                              on more down-to-earth causes, like birth control. She
                              delivered lectures on birth control, and apparently
                              condoms were distributed at her lectures though birth
                              control devices like that weren't legal at the time.

                              I don't know much about Rand's personal life. Was she
                              as passionate about her beliefs as Goldman was? What
                              was she like? For that matter, when did she live?

                              --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:

                              > Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn Rand,
                              > surely a very
                              > different personality. (Ann Coulter of her
                              > generation?) I sometimes
                              > wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do with the
                              > imprisonment.
                              >
                              > Ram
                              >
                              >
                              > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
                              > <gregcannon1@y...>
                              > wrote:
                              > > I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution, but
                              > I
                              > > recall reading that Coolidge eventually pardoned
                              > him.
                              > > And Debs did still get about a million votes in
                              > 1920,
                              > > though he was still in jail.
                              > >
                              > > The best (and really only) book I've read on the
                              > use
                              > > of the Espionage Act was the second volume of Emma
                              > > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she was
                              > not
                              > > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet Union
                              > > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never allowed
                              > to
                              > > return to America, all because she'd made speeches
                              > > against the war and against the draft. Thousands
                              > were
                              > > deported at the same time as her. I recall that
                              > her
                              > > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney
                              > general
                              > > than at Wilson himself.
                              > >
                              > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                              > > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                              > > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                              > > > political
                              > > > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm
                              > curious
                              > > > whether that it is reasonable to assume that
                              > Deb's
                              > > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an
                              > attempt
                              > > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                              > > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being the
                              > last
                              > > > to
                              > > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the
                              > fact
                              > > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech,
                              > immediately
                              > > > after taking a bullet in the chest, astounding.
                              > > >
                              > > > Tom Johnson
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > > ---------------------------------
                              > > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and
                              > equality
                              > > > that the original
                              > > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb
                              > > > Supreme
                              > > > Court Chief
                              > > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture what
                              > kind
                              > > > of
                              > > > Justice Bush or
                              > > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only
                              > > > bother
                              > > > God when
                              > > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will never
                              > > > happen to mankind.
                              > > >
                              > > > The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                              > > > Democratic Party for
                              > > > the first time experienced the progressive
                              > elements
                              > > > that Woodrow
                              > > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced,
                              > while
                              > > > the
                              > > > Republican Party
                              > > > began to turn from a center-left party to
                              > something
                              > > > totally different
                              > > > half a century later. Here is the transcript of
                              > the
                              > > > BookTV interview
                              > > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                              > > > Roosevelt,
                              > > > Taft, and Debs -
                              > > > The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                              > > > readable book:
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > >
                              >
                              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                              > > >
                              > > > Ram
                              > > >
                              > > >
                              > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
                              > > > JOHNSON
                              > > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                              > > > wrote:
                              > > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses
                              > and
                              > > > > welcoming me into the group. I have
                              > entertained
                              > > > the
                              > > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was
                              > the
                              > > > most
                              > > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was
                              > born
                              > > > into
                              > > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                              > > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                              > > > machinery
                              > > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                              > > > > nomination). I also would have included a
                              > puppet
                              > > > of
                              > > > > big business, but after doing a little reading
                              > > > > tonight, he apparently did some
                              > trust-busting. He
                              > > > > seems to have had a pretty good
                              > post-presidency,
                              > > > > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I
                              > also
                              > > > find
                              > > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been
                              > close
                              > > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor),
                              > and
                              > > >
                              > > > > were able to have an amicable lunch together
                              > > > before
                              > > > > the latter's death , significant in that in
                              > the
                              > > > 1912
                              > > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and
                              > 'congenital
                              > > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                              > > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony
                              > > > Cspan
                              > > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that
                              > Ram
                              > > > > alluded to and came away with feeling that
                              > she
                              > > > was
                              > > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see
                              > the
                              > > > whole
                              > > > > segment and for the great Coolidge interview,
                              > the
                              > > > Debs
                              > > > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                              > > > learning
                              > > > a
                              > > > > lot form you guys.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > Tom Johnson
                              > > > >
                              > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                              > > > >
                              > > > >
                              > > > > ---------------------------------
                              > > > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd
                              > also
                              > > > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here
                              > > > have
                              > > > > suggestions on books or websites to do with
                              > the
                              > > > Taft
                              > > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm
                              > > > reading
                              > > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy
                              > began
                              > > > > sending him on important missions and taking
                              > Taft
                              > > > into
                              > > > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905
                              > though
                              > > > > probably earlier.
                              > > > >
                              > > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions
                              > of
                              > > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first
                              > term,
                              > > > but
                              >
                              === message truncated ===
                            • Ram Lau
                              Greg, Rand has plenty of fans. They ve even set up the Ayn Rand Institute in her name a decade ago: http://www.aynrand.org/ She s the Milton Friedman of her
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                                Greg,

                                Rand has plenty of fans. They've even set up the Ayn Rand Institute in
                                her name a decade ago:

                                http://www.aynrand.org/

                                She's the Milton Friedman of her era:

                                "Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was an ardent advocate of reason, rational
                                self-interest, individual rights and free-market capitalism.

                                ARI seeks to promote these principles, spearheading a "cultural
                                renaissance" that will reverse the anti-reason, anti-individualism,
                                anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's culture. The major
                                battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism is the
                                educational institutions—high schools, and above all, the
                                universities, where students learn the ideas that shape their lives.

                                Ayn Rand's philosophy—known as Objectivism—holds that historical
                                trends are the inescapable product of philosophy. To reverse the
                                current political and economic trends in America and throughout the
                                world requires a reversal of our society's fundamental philosophy."

                                Ram


                                --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
                                wrote:
                                > I have vague knowledge of Rand's writings and
                                > philosophy. I think they both believed in what they
                                > thought of as libertarianism, but had very different
                                > views on what exactly that was. Goldman's allies were
                                > nearly always on the left. She had many friends who
                                > were socialist and communist, though she'd always
                                > disagree with them on many things. I think the main
                                > thing they agreed on was that private property should
                                > be done away with, and that's one thing I'm sure Rand
                                > would disagree with them on. Goldman also joined them
                                > on more down-to-earth causes, like birth control. She
                                > delivered lectures on birth control, and apparently
                                > condoms were distributed at her lectures though birth
                                > control devices like that weren't legal at the time.
                                >
                                > I don't know much about Rand's personal life. Was she
                                > as passionate about her beliefs as Goldman was? What
                                > was she like? For that matter, when did she live?
                                >
                                > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                >
                                > > Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn Rand,
                                > > surely a very
                                > > different personality. (Ann Coulter of her
                                > > generation?) I sometimes
                                > > wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do with the
                                > > imprisonment.
                                > >
                                > > Ram
                                > >
                                > >
                                > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
                                > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                > > wrote:
                                > > > I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution, but
                                > > I
                                > > > recall reading that Coolidge eventually pardoned
                                > > him.
                                > > > And Debs did still get about a million votes in
                                > > 1920,
                                > > > though he was still in jail.
                                > > >
                                > > > The best (and really only) book I've read on the
                                > > use
                                > > > of the Espionage Act was the second volume of Emma
                                > > > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she was
                                > > not
                                > > > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet Union
                                > > > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never allowed
                                > > to
                                > > > return to America, all because she'd made speeches
                                > > > against the war and against the draft. Thousands
                                > > were
                                > > > deported at the same time as her. I recall that
                                > > her
                                > > > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney
                                > > general
                                > > > than at Wilson himself.
                                > > >
                                > > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                                > > > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                                > > > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                                > > > > political
                                > > > > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm
                                > > curious
                                > > > > whether that it is reasonable to assume that
                                > > Deb's
                                > > > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an
                                > > attempt
                                > > > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                                > > > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being the
                                > > last
                                > > > > to
                                > > > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the
                                > > fact
                                > > > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech,
                                > > immediately
                                > > > > after taking a bullet in the chest, astounding.
                                > > > >
                                > > > > Tom Johnson
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > > ---------------------------------
                                > > > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and
                                > > equality
                                > > > > that the original
                                > > > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb
                                > > > > Supreme
                                > > > > Court Chief
                                > > > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture what
                                > > kind
                                > > > > of
                                > > > > Justice Bush or
                                > > > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only
                                > > > > bother
                                > > > > God when
                                > > > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will never
                                > > > > happen to mankind.
                                > > > >
                                > > > > The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                                > > > > Democratic Party for
                                > > > > the first time experienced the progressive
                                > > elements
                                > > > > that Woodrow
                                > > > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced,
                                > > while
                                > > > > the
                                > > > > Republican Party
                                > > > > began to turn from a center-left party to
                                > > something
                                > > > > totally different
                                > > > > half a century later. Here is the transcript of
                                > > the
                                > > > > BookTV interview
                                > > > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                                > > > > Roosevelt,
                                > > > > Taft, and Debs -
                                > > > > The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                                > > > > readable book:
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > >
                                > >
                                > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                                > > > >
                                > > > > Ram
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
                                > > > > JOHNSON
                                > > > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                > > > > wrote:
                                > > > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the responses
                                > > and
                                > > > > > welcoming me into the group. I have
                                > > entertained
                                > > > > the
                                > > > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was
                                > > the
                                > > > > most
                                > > > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was
                                > > born
                                > > > > into
                                > > > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                                > > > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                                > > > > machinery
                                > > > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                                > > > > > nomination). I also would have included a
                                > > puppet
                                > > > > of
                                > > > > > big business, but after doing a little reading
                                > > > > > tonight, he apparently did some
                                > > trust-busting. He
                                > > > > > seems to have had a pretty good
                                > > post-presidency,
                                > > > > > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I
                                > > also
                                > > > > find
                                > > > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been
                                > > close
                                > > > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked successor),
                                > > and
                                > > > >
                                > > > > > were able to have an amicable lunch together
                                > > > > before
                                > > > > > the latter's death , significant in that in
                                > > the
                                > > > > 1912
                                > > > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and
                                > > 'congenital
                                > > > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                                > > > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza Anthony
                                > > > > Cspan
                                > > > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft that
                                > > Ram
                                > > > > > alluded to and came away with feeling that
                                > > she
                                > > > > was
                                > > > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see
                                > > the
                                > > > > whole
                                > > > > > segment and for the great Coolidge interview,
                                > > the
                                > > > > Debs
                                > > > > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                                > > > > learning
                                > > > > a
                                > > > > > lot form you guys.
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                > > > > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though I'd
                                > > also
                                > > > > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone here
                                > > > > have
                                > > > > > suggestions on books or websites to do with
                                > > the
                                > > > > Taft
                                > > > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm
                                > > > > reading
                                > > > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy
                                > > began
                                > > > > > sending him on important missions and taking
                                > > Taft
                                > > > > into
                                > > > > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905
                                > > though
                                > > > > > probably earlier.
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust prosecutions
                                > > of
                                > > > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first
                                > > term,
                                > > > > but
                                > >
                                > === message truncated ===
                              • THOMAS JOHNSON
                                While reading about the Harding administration and the Teapot Dome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome scandal, I became re-acquainted with Fightin
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                                  While reading about the Harding administration and
                                  the Teapot Dome
                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome scandal, I
                                  became re-acquainted with Fightin' Bob LaFollette
                                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette%2C_Sr.,
                                  who's primary association for me was as a thorn in
                                  Wilson's side. Although Harding was very popular and
                                  the scandal had lost the public's interest, Republican
                                  LaFollette kept investigating through a Senate
                                  committee, with Democrat Thomas Walsh as point man.
                                  Eventually the lies did not hold up, resulting in
                                  imprisonment, suicides, and a disgraced
                                  administration.
                                  Fast forward 60 years to the Reagan administration and
                                  the Iran-Contra scandal
                                  ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_Affair This
                                  administration illegally traded arms for hostages,
                                  with disastrous results reverberating even today.
                                  Special prosecutor Walsh (ironically) granted immunity
                                  to some key figures and everybody walked. Far from re
                                  penitent, House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton,
                                  according to Representative Dana Rohrabacher R-Cal,
                                  primarily as payback for to the Democrats for pursuing
                                  Iran-Contra in the first place.
                                  In my opinion, Reagan did far more damage to our long
                                  term interests than Harding, yet Reagan is ranked the
                                  11th best president in Cspan's Survey of Presidential
                                  Leadership Survey
                                  http://www.americanpresidents.org/survey/historians/,
                                  comprised of prominent presidential historians, and
                                  Harding is ranked 40th of 41.
                                  How different things might have been if Bob LaFollette
                                  had towed the party line or if Lawrence Walsh had not.

                                  Tom Johnson
                                  --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:


                                  ---------------------------------
                                  Greg,

                                  Rand has plenty of fans. They've even set up the Ayn
                                  Rand Institute in
                                  her name a decade ago:

                                  http://www.aynrand.org/

                                  She's the Milton Friedman of her era:

                                  "Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was an ardent advocate of
                                  reason, rational
                                  self-interest, individual rights and free-market
                                  capitalism.

                                  ARI seeks to promote these principles, spearheading a
                                  "cultural
                                  renaissance" that will reverse the anti-reason,
                                  anti-individualism,
                                  anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's
                                  culture. The major
                                  battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism
                                  is the
                                  educational institutions—high schools, and above all,
                                  the
                                  universities, where students learn the ideas that
                                  shape their lives.

                                  Ayn Rand's philosophy—known as Objectivism—holds that
                                  historical
                                  trends are the inescapable product of philosophy. To
                                  reverse the
                                  current political and economic trends in America and
                                  throughout the
                                  world requires a reversal of our society's fundamental
                                  philosophy."

                                  Ram


                                  --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
                                  <gregcannon1@y...>
                                  wrote:
                                  > I have vague knowledge of Rand's writings and
                                  > philosophy. I think they both believed in what they
                                  > thought of as libertarianism, but had very different
                                  > views on what exactly that was. Goldman's allies
                                  were
                                  > nearly always on the left. She had many friends who
                                  > were socialist and communist, though she'd always
                                  > disagree with them on many things. I think the main
                                  > thing they agreed on was that private property
                                  should
                                  > be done away with, and that's one thing I'm sure
                                  Rand
                                  > would disagree with them on. Goldman also joined
                                  them
                                  > on more down-to-earth causes, like birth control.
                                  She
                                  > delivered lectures on birth control, and apparently
                                  > condoms were distributed at her lectures though
                                  birth
                                  > control devices like that weren't legal at the time.
                                  >
                                  > I don't know much about Rand's personal life. Was
                                  she
                                  > as passionate about her beliefs as Goldman was? What
                                  > was she like? For that matter, when did she live?
                                  >
                                  > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                  >
                                  > > Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn Rand,
                                  > > surely a very
                                  > > different personality. (Ann Coulter of her
                                  > > generation?) I sometimes
                                  > > wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do with
                                  the
                                  > > imprisonment.
                                  > >
                                  > > Ram
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg
                                  Cannon
                                  > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                  > > wrote:
                                  > > > I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution,
                                  but
                                  > > I
                                  > > > recall reading that Coolidge eventually pardoned
                                  > > him.
                                  > > > And Debs did still get about a million votes in
                                  > > 1920,
                                  > > > though he was still in jail.
                                  > > >
                                  > > > The best (and really only) book I've read on the
                                  > > use
                                  > > > of the Espionage Act was the second volume of
                                  Emma
                                  > > > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she
                                  was
                                  > > not
                                  > > > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet
                                  Union
                                  > > > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never
                                  allowed
                                  > > to
                                  > > > return to America, all because she'd made
                                  speeches
                                  > > > against the war and against the draft. Thousands
                                  > > were
                                  > > > deported at the same time as her. I recall that
                                  > > her
                                  > > > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney
                                  > > general
                                  > > > than at Wilson himself.
                                  > > >
                                  > > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                                  > > > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                                  > > > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                                  > > > > political
                                  > > > > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm
                                  > > curious
                                  > > > > whether that it is reasonable to assume that
                                  > > Deb's
                                  > > > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an
                                  > > attempt
                                  > > > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                                  > > > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being the
                                  > > last
                                  > > > > to
                                  > > > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the
                                  > > fact
                                  > > > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech,
                                  > > immediately
                                  > > > > after taking a bullet in the chest,
                                  astounding.
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > Tom Johnson
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > ---------------------------------
                                  > > > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and
                                  > > equality
                                  > > > > that the original
                                  > > > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb
                                  > > > > Supreme
                                  > > > > Court Chief
                                  > > > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture what
                                  > > kind
                                  > > > > of
                                  > > > > Justice Bush or
                                  > > > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only
                                  > > > > bother
                                  > > > > God when
                                  > > > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will
                                  never
                                  > > > > happen to mankind.
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                                  > > > > Democratic Party for
                                  > > > > the first time experienced the progressive
                                  > > elements
                                  > > > > that Woodrow
                                  > > > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced,
                                  > > while
                                  > > > > the
                                  > > > > Republican Party
                                  > > > > began to turn from a center-left party to
                                  > > something
                                  > > > > totally different
                                  > > > > half a century later. Here is the transcript
                                  of
                                  > > the
                                  > > > > BookTV interview
                                  > > > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                                  > > > > Roosevelt,
                                  > > > > Taft, and Debs -
                                  > > > > The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                                  > > > > readable book:
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > >
                                  > >
                                  >
                                  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > Ram
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
                                  > > > > JOHNSON
                                  > > > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                  > > > > wrote:
                                  > > > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the
                                  responses
                                  > > and
                                  > > > > > welcoming me into the group. I have
                                  > > entertained
                                  > > > > the
                                  > > > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was
                                  > > the
                                  > > > > most
                                  > > > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was
                                  > > born
                                  > > > > into
                                  > > > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                                  > > > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                                  > > > > machinery
                                  > > > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                                  > > > > > nomination). I also would have included a
                                  > > puppet
                                  > > > > of
                                  > > > > > big business, but after doing a little
                                  reading
                                  > > > > > tonight, he apparently did some
                                  > > trust-busting. He
                                  > > > > > seems to have had a pretty good
                                  > > post-presidency,
                                  > > > > > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I
                                  > > also
                                  > > > > find
                                  > > > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been
                                  > > close
                                  > > > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked
                                  successor),
                                  > > and
                                  > > > >
                                  > > > > > were able to have an amicable lunch together
                                  > > > > before
                                  > > > > > the latter's death , significant in that in

                                  > > the
                                  > > > > 1912
                                  > > > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and
                                  > > 'congenital
                                  > > > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                                  > > > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza
                                  Anthony
                                  > > > > Cspan
                                  > > > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft
                                  that
                                  > > Ram
                                  > > > > > alluded to and came away with feeling that
                                  > > she
                                  > > > > was
                                  > > > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see
                                  > > the
                                  > > > > whole
                                  > > > > > segment and for the great Coolidge
                                  interview,
                                  > > the
                                  > > > > Debs
                                  > > > > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                                  > > > > learning
                                  > > > > a
                                  > > > > > lot form you guys.
                                  > > > > >
                                  > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                  > > > > >
                                  > > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                                  > > > > >
                                  > > > > >
                                  > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                  > > > > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though
                                  I'd
                                  > > also
                                  > > > > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone
                                  here
                                  > > > > have
                                  > > > > > suggestions on books or websites to do with
                                  > > the
                                  > > > > Taft
                                  > > > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm
                                  > > > > reading
                                  > > > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy
                                  > > began
                                  > > > > > sending him on important missions and taking
                                  > > Taft
                                  > > > > into
                                  > > > > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905
                                  > > though
                                  > > > > > probably earlier.
                                  > > > > >
                                  > > > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust
                                  prosecutions
                                  > > of
                                  > > > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first
                                  > > term,
                                  > > > > but
                                  > >
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                                • Greg Cannon
                                  I ve also been reading about LaFollette. Here s an interesting passage about him in Edmund Morris Theodore Rex (page 442). The dialogue described is from
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                                    I've also been reading about LaFollette. Here's an
                                    interesting passage about him in Edmund Morris'
                                    Theodore Rex (page 442). The dialogue described is
                                    from 1906, when LaFollette was in his first term as
                                    Senator.

                                    One of the weakest men in the Republican Party,
                                    influentially speaking, visited Roosevelt late at
                                    night to urge him to demand rates that were reasonable
                                    as well as nondiscriminatory. Robert LaFollette had
                                    been studying railroad finance for thirty years, and
                                    thought that the President might listen to him on the
                                    subject.
                                    "But you can't get any such bill as that through
                                    Congress."
                                    "That is not the first consideration, Mr.
                                    President."
                                    A fault line instantly ran between the idealist and
                                    the practical politician. LaFollette did not see - or,
                                    seeing, did not understand that it was already
                                    unbridgeable, and must one day become a chasm.
                                    "But I want to get something through," Roosevelt
                                    said.

                                    --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...> wrote:

                                    > While reading about the Harding administration and
                                    > the Teapot Dome
                                    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome scandal,
                                    > I
                                    > became re-acquainted with Fightin' Bob LaFollette
                                    >
                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette%2C_Sr.,
                                    > who's primary association for me was as a thorn in
                                    > Wilson's side. Although Harding was very popular and
                                    > the scandal had lost the public's interest,
                                    > Republican
                                    > LaFollette kept investigating through a Senate
                                    > committee, with Democrat Thomas Walsh as point man.
                                    > Eventually the lies did not hold up, resulting in
                                    > imprisonment, suicides, and a disgraced
                                    > administration.
                                  • Ram Lau
                                    Just another trivia about La Follette. He ranked the most influential Wisconsinian of the century by a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel survey. See below for
                                    Message 17 of 25 , Aug 17, 2005
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                                      Just another trivia about La Follette. He ranked the most influential
                                      Wisconsinian of the century by a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel survey.
                                      See below for details:

                                      Environmentalist Gaylord A. Nelson dies at age 89; Earth Day Founder,
                                      Wisconsin governor, U.S. Senator
                                      7/3/2005

                                      Gaylord A. Nelson, former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator who
                                      founded Earth Day and launched a new wave of environmental activism,
                                      died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at his home in Kensington, Md. He was 89.

                                      Nelson had been in failing health for several months. The cause of
                                      death was cardiovascular failure, his family said. His wife, Carrie
                                      Lee, was by his side when he passed away peacefully about 5:10 a.m. CDT.

                                      Nelson, one of the leading environmentalists of the 20th Century,
                                      joined The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. upon leaving the
                                      U.S. Senate in 1981. He served first as the organization's chairman
                                      and later as counselor, and continued to work there on environmental
                                      issues until recent months, when his health declined. He continued to
                                      go to the office at age 88, he said, because, "Our work's not done."

                                      Nelson held elective office for 32 years, including two two-year terms
                                      as Wisconsin governor (1959-1963) and three terms in the U.S. Senate
                                      (1963-1981). He served 10 years in the Wisconsin State Senate before
                                      becoming only the second Democrat to be elected Wisconsin governor in
                                      the 20th Century, and the first to be re-elected.

                                      An early voice for conservation and environmental protection, Nelson
                                      laid out a far-reaching, comprehensive environmental agenda for the
                                      Congress in 1970, and saw much of it became law before he left the
                                      Senate in 1981, at the end of what became known as the Environmental
                                      Decade of the 1970s. In the 10 years after the first Earth Day on
                                      April 22, 1970, 23 major pieces of environmental legislation became law.

                                      He sponsored, co-sponsored or helped pass dozens of environmental laws
                                      aimed at conserving resources and preventing pollution, including the
                                      Wilderness Act and bills preserving the Appalachian Trail and
                                      establishing a national system of hiking trails. Nelson authored
                                      legislation that preserved the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in
                                      Lake Superior and designated the St. Croix River, which borders
                                      Minnesota and Wisconsin, as a wild and scenic river.

                                      Many of Nelson's ideas were visionary. He fought a long battle to ban
                                      hard detergents containing phosphorous, and was the first member of
                                      Congress to propose a ban on the pesticide DDT, which took years to
                                      accomplish. He once proposed a ban on the internal combustion engine
                                      as an amendment to the Clean Air Act, to get the automobile industry's
                                      attention, and sponsored a constitutional amendment to guarantee
                                      citizens a right to a clean environment.

                                      Nelson established himself as a conservationist, as environmentalists
                                      were then called, as Wisconsin governor, winning passage of a landmark
                                      program to acquire and preserve open space and recreational land. The
                                      $50-million program passed in 1961 was funded by a one-cent per
                                      package tax on cigarettes and became a model for other states. The
                                      program continues today as the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

                                      Nelson's goal as a U.S. Senator was to elevate environmental issues
                                      and make them a permanent part of the nation's political agenda.

                                      He persuaded President John F. Kennedy to make a national tour to
                                      discuss conservation in 1963, hoping that would ignite a response.
                                      When that brought disappointing results, Nelson continued to press the
                                      issue and in 1969 hit upon the idea of holding a national teach-in on
                                      college campuses on environmental issues, modeled on teach-ins against
                                      the Vietnam War.

                                      On the first Earth Day in 1970, twenty million Americans – 10 per cent
                                      of the population – participated in a wide range of activities
                                      promoting a cleaner Earth.

                                      Earth Day has since grown into an international event, observed in
                                      schools and by organizations on April 22 each year. In 2000, an
                                      estimated 500 million people took part in Earth Day activities in 174
                                      countries. This year, 80% of the schools in the U.S. held Earth Day
                                      activities, organizers said.

                                      Although best known for his environmental work, Nelson also was a key
                                      player in the Senate on consumer protection, civil rights, poverty,
                                      and civil liberties issues. Nelson took on the tire industry on safety
                                      issues, and held 10 years of subcommittee hearings that spotlighted
                                      abuses and problems in the pharmaceutical industry.

                                      He was one of the earliest opponents of the Vietnam War, and drafted
                                      an amendment to the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution to make it clear
                                      the resolution did not authorize a ground war, but Sen. J. William
                                      Fulbright assured Nelson the amendment was not necessary because
                                      President Lyndon B. Johnson had no intention of escalating the ground
                                      war. When escalation came, Nelson cast one of three votes against an
                                      appropriation for the war in 1965, saying, "You need my vote less than
                                      I need my conscience."

                                      The son of a country doctor and a nurse, Nelson was born on June 4,
                                      1916, in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, a village of 700 in northwestern
                                      Wisconsin. His parents were active Progressives who supported Robert
                                      M. (Fighting Bob) La Follette, the populist Wisconsin governor and
                                      Senator who ran as a third party candidate for President in 1924.

                                      He received a bachelor's degree from San Jose State College and a law
                                      degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1942. He served in the Army
                                      Quartermaster Corps during World War II, commanding a company of black
                                      troops in the segregated Army, and was discharged as a first
                                      lieutenant in 1946. When he was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate
                                      in 1948, one of the first bills he introduced was one to desegregate
                                      the state's National Guard.

                                      Nelson met his future wife, Army nurse Carrie Lee Dotson, at a
                                      Pennsylvania Army base but he soon shipped out and did not expect to
                                      see her again. They were reunited on Okinawa, where both were
                                      stationed in 1945. Their story is featured in the best-selling Tom
                                      Brokaw book, "The Greatest Generation."

                                      Nelson's many honors included the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
                                      nation's highest civilian award, presented in 1995 by President Bill
                                      Clinton. A Wisconsin state park, the Apostle Islands wilderness area,
                                      and the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of
                                      Wisconsin all are named for him.

                                      When the Audubon Society recognized 100 people who had shaped the
                                      environmental movement in the 20th Century, it said the two political
                                      figures on the list who stood out were Nelson and President Theodore
                                      Roosevelt.

                                      The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked a panel of historians and other
                                      experts to name the century's 10 most significant people in Wisconsin.
                                      Nelson ranked fourth, behind Robert M. (Fighting Bob) La Follette,
                                      naturalist, philosopher and author Aldo Leopold, and architect Frank
                                      Lloyd Wright.

                                      Surviving are: Nelson's widow, Carrie Lee; two sons, Gaylord Jr.(and
                                      wife Mary), known as Happy, of Dane, Wis.; and Jeffrey (and wife
                                      Laura), of Kensington, Md.; a daughter, Tia, of Madison, Wis.; and
                                      four grandchildren, Kiva, Jason, Benjamin, and Julia.

                                      Memorial services will be in Madison. Arrangements are pending. Burial
                                      will be in Clear Lake, Wis.

                                      The family asks that memorials in Nelson's name be made to: the
                                      Gaylord Nelson chair at the Gaylord A. Nelson Institute for
                                      Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin; the Gaylord
                                      Nelson Studio of WisconsinEye; the Friends of the Apostle Islands; or
                                      the Wilderness Society.


                                      --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
                                      wrote:
                                      > I've also been reading about LaFollette. Here's an
                                      > interesting passage about him in Edmund Morris'
                                      > Theodore Rex (page 442). The dialogue described is
                                      > from 1906, when LaFollette was in his first term as
                                      > Senator.
                                      >
                                      > One of the weakest men in the Republican Party,
                                      > influentially speaking, visited Roosevelt late at
                                      > night to urge him to demand rates that were reasonable
                                      > as well as nondiscriminatory. Robert LaFollette had
                                      > been studying railroad finance for thirty years, and
                                      > thought that the President might listen to him on the
                                      > subject.
                                      > "But you can't get any such bill as that through
                                      > Congress."
                                      > "That is not the first consideration, Mr.
                                      > President."
                                      > A fault line instantly ran between the idealist and
                                      > the practical politician. LaFollette did not see - or,
                                      > seeing, did not understand that it was already
                                      > unbridgeable, and must one day become a chasm.
                                      > "But I want to get something through," Roosevelt
                                      > said.
                                      >
                                      > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                                      >
                                      > > While reading about the Harding administration and
                                      > > the Teapot Dome
                                      > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome scandal,
                                      > > I
                                      > > became re-acquainted with Fightin' Bob LaFollette
                                      > >
                                      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette%2C_Sr.,
                                      > > who's primary association for me was as a thorn in
                                      > > Wilson's side. Although Harding was very popular and
                                      > > the scandal had lost the public's interest,
                                      > > Republican
                                      > > LaFollette kept investigating through a Senate
                                      > > committee, with Democrat Thomas Walsh as point man.
                                      > > Eventually the lies did not hold up, resulting in
                                      > > imprisonment, suicides, and a disgraced
                                      > > administration.
                                    • Ram Lau
                                      Never a fan of Reagan. An Economics major, I always begin my judgement on Reagan with his tripling the national debt during his 8 consecutive deficit years.
                                      Message 18 of 25 , Aug 18, 2005
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                                        Never a fan of Reagan. An Economics major, I always begin my judgement
                                        on Reagan with his tripling the national debt during his 8 consecutive
                                        deficit years. And the Cold War and the military spending were not the
                                        real reason for the deficit spending.

                                        The future generations will look at Reagan quite differently, and will
                                        most likely remember the baby boom generation with contempt and
                                        disrespect.

                                        Ram


                                        --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                        wrote:
                                        > While reading about the Harding administration and
                                        > the Teapot Dome
                                        > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome scandal, I
                                        > became re-acquainted with Fightin' Bob LaFollette
                                        > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette%2C_Sr.,
                                        > who's primary association for me was as a thorn in
                                        > Wilson's side. Although Harding was very popular and
                                        > the scandal had lost the public's interest, Republican
                                        > LaFollette kept investigating through a Senate
                                        > committee, with Democrat Thomas Walsh as point man.
                                        > Eventually the lies did not hold up, resulting in
                                        > imprisonment, suicides, and a disgraced
                                        > administration.
                                        > Fast forward 60 years to the Reagan administration and
                                        > the Iran-Contra scandal
                                        > ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_Affair This
                                        > administration illegally traded arms for hostages,
                                        > with disastrous results reverberating even today.
                                        > Special prosecutor Walsh (ironically) granted immunity
                                        > to some key figures and everybody walked. Far from re
                                        > penitent, House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton,
                                        > according to Representative Dana Rohrabacher R-Cal,
                                        > primarily as payback for to the Democrats for pursuing
                                        > Iran-Contra in the first place.
                                        > In my opinion, Reagan did far more damage to our long
                                        > term interests than Harding, yet Reagan is ranked the
                                        > 11th best president in Cspan's Survey of Presidential
                                        > Leadership Survey
                                        > http://www.americanpresidents.org/survey/historians/,
                                        > comprised of prominent presidential historians, and
                                        > Harding is ranked 40th of 41.
                                        > How different things might have been if Bob LaFollette
                                        > had towed the party line or if Lawrence Walsh had not.
                                        >
                                        > Tom Johnson
                                        > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > ---------------------------------
                                        > Greg,
                                        >
                                        > Rand has plenty of fans. They've even set up the Ayn
                                        > Rand Institute in
                                        > her name a decade ago:
                                        >
                                        > http://www.aynrand.org/
                                        >
                                        > She's the Milton Friedman of her era:
                                        >
                                        > "Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was an ardent advocate of
                                        > reason, rational
                                        > self-interest, individual rights and free-market
                                        > capitalism.
                                        >
                                        > ARI seeks to promote these principles, spearheading a
                                        > "cultural
                                        > renaissance" that will reverse the anti-reason,
                                        > anti-individualism,
                                        > anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's
                                        > culture. The major
                                        > battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism
                                        > is the
                                        > educational institutions—high schools, and above all,
                                        > the
                                        > universities, where students learn the ideas that
                                        > shape their lives.
                                        >
                                        > Ayn Rand's philosophy—known as Objectivism—holds that
                                        > historical
                                        > trends are the inescapable product of philosophy. To
                                        > reverse the
                                        > current political and economic trends in America and
                                        > throughout the
                                        > world requires a reversal of our society's fundamental
                                        > philosophy."
                                        >
                                        > Ram
                                        >
                                        >
                                        > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
                                        > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                        > wrote:
                                        > > I have vague knowledge of Rand's writings and
                                        > > philosophy. I think they both believed in what they
                                        > > thought of as libertarianism, but had very different
                                        > > views on what exactly that was. Goldman's allies
                                        > were
                                        > > nearly always on the left. She had many friends who
                                        > > were socialist and communist, though she'd always
                                        > > disagree with them on many things. I think the main
                                        > > thing they agreed on was that private property
                                        > should
                                        > > be done away with, and that's one thing I'm sure
                                        > Rand
                                        > > would disagree with them on. Goldman also joined
                                        > them
                                        > > on more down-to-earth causes, like birth control.
                                        > She
                                        > > delivered lectures on birth control, and apparently
                                        > > condoms were distributed at her lectures though
                                        > birth
                                        > > control devices like that weren't legal at the time.
                                        > >
                                        > > I don't know much about Rand's personal life. Was
                                        > she
                                        > > as passionate about her beliefs as Goldman was? What
                                        > > was she like? For that matter, when did she live?
                                        > >
                                        > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                        > >
                                        > > > Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn Rand,
                                        > > > surely a very
                                        > > > different personality. (Ann Coulter of her
                                        > > > generation?) I sometimes
                                        > > > wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do with
                                        > the
                                        > > > imprisonment.
                                        > > >
                                        > > > Ram
                                        > > >
                                        > > >
                                        > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg
                                        > Cannon
                                        > > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                        > > > wrote:
                                        > > > > I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution,
                                        > but
                                        > > > I
                                        > > > > recall reading that Coolidge eventually pardoned
                                        > > > him.
                                        > > > > And Debs did still get about a million votes in
                                        > > > 1920,
                                        > > > > though he was still in jail.
                                        > > > >
                                        > > > > The best (and really only) book I've read on the
                                        > > > use
                                        > > > > of the Espionage Act was the second volume of
                                        > Emma
                                        > > > > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she
                                        > was
                                        > > > not
                                        > > > > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet
                                        > Union
                                        > > > > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never
                                        > allowed
                                        > > > to
                                        > > > > return to America, all because she'd made
                                        > speeches
                                        > > > > against the war and against the draft. Thousands
                                        > > > were
                                        > > > > deported at the same time as her. I recall that
                                        > > > her
                                        > > > > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney
                                        > > > general
                                        > > > > than at Wilson himself.
                                        > > > >
                                        > > > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                                        > > > > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                                        > > > > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                                        > > > > > political
                                        > > > > > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm
                                        > > > curious
                                        > > > > > whether that it is reasonable to assume that
                                        > > > Deb's
                                        > > > > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an
                                        > > > attempt
                                        > > > > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                                        > > > > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being the
                                        > > > last
                                        > > > > > to
                                        > > > > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and the
                                        > > > fact
                                        > > > > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech,
                                        > > > immediately
                                        > > > > > after taking a bullet in the chest,
                                        > astounding.
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                        > > > > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and
                                        > > > equality
                                        > > > > > that the original
                                        > > > > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a superb
                                        > > > > > Supreme
                                        > > > > > Court Chief
                                        > > > > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture what
                                        > > > kind
                                        > > > > > of
                                        > > > > > Justice Bush or
                                        > > > > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I only
                                        > > > > > bother
                                        > > > > > God when
                                        > > > > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will
                                        > never
                                        > > > > > happen to mankind.
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > > The 1912 election was a critical election. The
                                        > > > > > Democratic Party for
                                        > > > > > the first time experienced the progressive
                                        > > > elements
                                        > > > > > that Woodrow
                                        > > > > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced,
                                        > > > while
                                        > > > > > the
                                        > > > > > Republican Party
                                        > > > > > began to turn from a center-left party to
                                        > > > something
                                        > > > > > totally different
                                        > > > > > half a century later. Here is the transcript
                                        > of
                                        > > > the
                                        > > > > > BookTV interview
                                        > > > > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                                        > > > > > Roosevelt,
                                        > > > > > Taft, and Debs -
                                        > > > > > The Election That Changed the Country," a very
                                        > > > > > readable book:
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > >
                                        > > >
                                        > >
                                        > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > > Ram
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
                                        > > > > > JOHNSON
                                        > > > > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                        > > > > > wrote:
                                        > > > > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the
                                        > responses
                                        > > > and
                                        > > > > > > welcoming me into the group. I have
                                        > > > entertained
                                        > > > > > the
                                        > > > > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency was
                                        > > > the
                                        > > > > > most
                                        > > > > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He was
                                        > > > born
                                        > > > > > into
                                        > > > > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                                        > > > > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                                        > > > > > machinery
                                        > > > > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                                        > > > > > > nomination). I also would have included a
                                        > > > puppet
                                        > > > > > of
                                        > > > > > > big business, but after doing a little
                                        > reading
                                        > > > > > > tonight, he apparently did some
                                        > > > trust-busting. He
                                        > > > > > > seems to have had a pretty good
                                        > > > post-presidency,
                                        > > > > > > including serving on the US Supreme Court. I
                                        > > > also
                                        > > > > > find
                                        > > > > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been
                                        > > > close
                                        > > > > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked
                                        > successor),
                                        > > > and
                                        > > > > >
                                        > > > > > > were able to have an amicable lunch together
                                        > > > > > before
                                        > > > > > > the latter's death , significant in that in
                                        >
                                        > > > the
                                        > > > > > 1912
                                        > > > > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and
                                        > > > 'congenital
                                        > > > > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                                        > > > > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza
                                        > Anthony
                                        > > > > > Cspan
                                        > > > > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft
                                        > that
                                        > > > Ram
                                        > > > > > > alluded to and came away with feeling that
                                        > > > she
                                        > > > > > was
                                        > > > > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to see
                                        > > > the
                                        > > > > > whole
                                        > > > > > > segment and for the great Coolidge
                                        > interview,
                                        > > > the
                                        > > > > > Debs
                                        > > > > > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                                        > > > > > learning
                                        > > > > > a
                                        > > > > > > lot form you guys.
                                        > > > > > >
                                        > > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                        > > > > > >
                                        > > > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                                        > > > > > >
                                        > > > > > >
                                        > > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                        > > > > > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though
                                        > I'd
                                        > > > also
                                        > > > > > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone
                                        > here
                                        > > > > > have
                                        > > > > > > suggestions on books or websites to do with
                                        > > > the
                                        > > > > > Taft
                                        > > > > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography I'm
                                        > > > > > reading
                                        > > > > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy
                                        > > > began
                                        > > > > > > sending him on important missions and taking
                                        > > > Taft
                                        > > > > > into
                                        > > > > > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905
                                        > > > though
                                        > > > > > > probably earlier.
                                        > > > > > >
                                        > > > > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust
                                        > prosecutions
                                        > > > of
                                        > > > > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his first
                                        > > > term,
                                        > > > > > but
                                        > > >
                                        > > === message truncated ===
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                                        Why Reagan remains so popular with historians and pols totally escapes me. When we lost the 247 marines in Lebanon, he wagged the dog and invaded Grenada to
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                                          Why Reagan remains so popular with historians and pols
                                          totally escapes me. When we lost the 247 marines in
                                          Lebanon, he wagged the dog and invaded Grenada to
                                          replace the tragedy as the main story . Not much was
                                          passed in the way of legislation on his watch but what
                                          did get through usually benefited the rich at the
                                          expense of the rest of us. He supported Pinochet,
                                          Suharto, the Contras and apartheid- era South Africa,
                                          going so for as condemning Nelson Mandela as a
                                          "communist terrorist." Nobel Peace Prize winner
                                          Desmond Tutu called him,"immoral, evil, and totally
                                          un-Christian." And then there was the incident where
                                          he called Princess Diana "Princess David."




                                          --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:


                                          ---------------------------------
                                          Never a fan of Reagan. An Economics major, I always
                                          begin my judgement
                                          on Reagan with his tripling the national debt during
                                          his 8 consecutive
                                          deficit years. And the Cold War and the military
                                          spending were not the
                                          real reason for the deficit spending.

                                          The future generations will look at Reagan quite
                                          differently, and will
                                          most likely remember the baby boom generation with
                                          contempt and
                                          disrespect.

                                          Ram


                                          --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON
                                          <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                          wrote:
                                          > While reading about the Harding administration and
                                          > the Teapot Dome
                                          > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome scandal,
                                          I
                                          > became re-acquainted with Fightin' Bob LaFollette
                                          >
                                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette%2C_Sr.,
                                          > who's primary association for me was as a thorn in
                                          > Wilson's side. Although Harding was very popular and
                                          > the scandal had lost the public's interest,
                                          Republican
                                          > LaFollette kept investigating through a Senate
                                          > committee, with Democrat Thomas Walsh as point man.
                                          > Eventually the lies did not hold up, resulting in
                                          > imprisonment, suicides, and a disgraced
                                          > administration.
                                          > Fast forward 60 years to the Reagan administration
                                          and
                                          > the Iran-Contra scandal
                                          > ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_Affair This
                                          > administration illegally traded arms for hostages,
                                          > with disastrous results reverberating even today.
                                          > Special prosecutor Walsh (ironically) granted
                                          immunity
                                          > to some key figures and everybody walked. Far from
                                          re
                                          > penitent, House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton,
                                          > according to Representative Dana Rohrabacher R-Cal,
                                          > primarily as payback for to the Democrats for
                                          pursuing
                                          > Iran-Contra in the first place.
                                          > In my opinion, Reagan did far more damage to our
                                          long
                                          > term interests than Harding, yet Reagan is ranked
                                          the
                                          > 11th best president in Cspan's Survey of
                                          Presidential
                                          > Leadership Survey
                                          >
                                          http://www.americanpresidents.org/survey/historians/,
                                          > comprised of prominent presidential historians, and
                                          > Harding is ranked 40th of 41.
                                          > How different things might have been if Bob
                                          LaFollette
                                          > had towed the party line or if Lawrence Walsh had
                                          not.
                                          >
                                          > Tom Johnson
                                          > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > ---------------------------------
                                          > Greg,
                                          >
                                          > Rand has plenty of fans. They've even set up the Ayn
                                          > Rand Institute in
                                          > her name a decade ago:
                                          >
                                          > http://www.aynrand.org/
                                          >
                                          > She's the Milton Friedman of her era:
                                          >
                                          > "Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was an ardent advocate of
                                          > reason, rational
                                          > self-interest, individual rights and free-market
                                          > capitalism.
                                          >
                                          > ARI seeks to promote these principles, spearheading
                                          a
                                          > "cultural
                                          > renaissance" that will reverse the anti-reason,
                                          > anti-individualism,
                                          > anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's
                                          > culture. The major
                                          > battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism
                                          > is the
                                          > educational institutions—high schools, and above
                                          all,
                                          > the
                                          > universities, where students learn the ideas that
                                          > shape their lives.
                                          >
                                          > Ayn Rand's philosophy—known as Objectivism—holds
                                          that
                                          > historical
                                          > trends are the inescapable product of philosophy. To
                                          > reverse the
                                          > current political and economic trends in America and
                                          > throughout the
                                          > world requires a reversal of our society's
                                          fundamental
                                          > philosophy."
                                          >
                                          > Ram
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
                                          > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                          > wrote:
                                          > > I have vague knowledge of Rand's writings and
                                          > > philosophy. I think they both believed in what
                                          they
                                          > > thought of as libertarianism, but had very
                                          different
                                          > > views on what exactly that was. Goldman's allies
                                          > were
                                          > > nearly always on the left. She had many friends
                                          who
                                          > > were socialist and communist, though she'd always
                                          > > disagree with them on many things. I think the
                                          main
                                          > > thing they agreed on was that private property
                                          > should
                                          > > be done away with, and that's one thing I'm sure
                                          > Rand
                                          > > would disagree with them on. Goldman also joined
                                          > them
                                          > > on more down-to-earth causes, like birth control.
                                          > She
                                          > > delivered lectures on birth control, and
                                          apparently
                                          > > condoms were distributed at her lectures though
                                          > birth
                                          > > control devices like that weren't legal at the
                                          time.
                                          > >
                                          > > I don't know much about Rand's personal life. Was
                                          > she
                                          > > as passionate about her beliefs as Goldman was?
                                          What
                                          > > was she like? For that matter, when did she live?
                                          > >
                                          > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                          > >
                                          > > > Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn
                                          Rand,
                                          > > > surely a very
                                          > > > different personality. (Ann Coulter of her
                                          > > > generation?) I sometimes
                                          > > > wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do with
                                          > the
                                          > > > imprisonment.
                                          > > >
                                          > > > Ram
                                          > > >
                                          > > >
                                          > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg
                                          > Cannon
                                          > > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                          > > > wrote:
                                          > > > > I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution,
                                          > but
                                          > > > I
                                          > > > > recall reading that Coolidge eventually
                                          pardoned
                                          > > > him.
                                          > > > > And Debs did still get about a million votes
                                          in
                                          > > > 1920,
                                          > > > > though he was still in jail.
                                          > > > >
                                          > > > > The best (and really only) book I've read on
                                          the
                                          > > > use
                                          > > > > of the Espionage Act was the second volume of
                                          > Emma
                                          > > > > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she
                                          > was
                                          > > > not
                                          > > > > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet
                                          > Union
                                          > > > > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never
                                          > allowed
                                          > > > to
                                          > > > > return to America, all because she'd made
                                          > speeches
                                          > > > > against the war and against the draft.
                                          Thousands
                                          > > > were
                                          > > > > deported at the same time as her. I recall
                                          that
                                          > > > her
                                          > > > > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney
                                          > > > general
                                          > > > > than at Wilson himself.
                                          > > > >
                                          > > > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                                          > > > > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                                          > > > > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                                          > > > > > political
                                          > > > > > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm
                                          > > > curious
                                          > > > > > whether that it is reasonable to assume
                                          that
                                          > > > Deb's
                                          > > > > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an
                                          > > > attempt
                                          > > > > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                                          > > > > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being
                                          the
                                          > > > last
                                          > > > > > to
                                          > > > > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and
                                          the
                                          > > > fact
                                          > > > > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech,
                                          > > > immediately
                                          > > > > > after taking a bullet in the chest,
                                          > astounding.
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                          > > > > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and
                                          > > > equality
                                          > > > > > that the original
                                          > > > > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a
                                          superb
                                          > > > > > Supreme
                                          > > > > > Court Chief
                                          > > > > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture
                                          what
                                          > > > kind
                                          > > > > > of
                                          > > > > > Justice Bush or
                                          > > > > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I
                                          only
                                          > > > > > bother
                                          > > > > > God when
                                          > > > > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will
                                          > never
                                          > > > > > happen to mankind.
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > > The 1912 election was a critical election.
                                          The
                                          > > > > > Democratic Party for
                                          > > > > > the first time experienced the progressive
                                          > > > elements
                                          > > > > > that Woodrow
                                          > > > > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced,
                                          > > > while
                                          > > > > > the
                                          > > > > > Republican Party
                                          > > > > > began to turn from a center-left party to
                                          > > > something
                                          > > > > > totally different
                                          > > > > > half a century later. Here is the transcript
                                          > of
                                          > > > the
                                          > > > > > BookTV interview
                                          > > > > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                                          > > > > > Roosevelt,
                                          > > > > > Taft, and Debs -
                                          > > > > > The Election That Changed the Country," a
                                          very
                                          > > > > > readable book:
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > >
                                          > > >
                                          > >
                                          >
                                          http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > > Ram
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com,
                                          THOMAS
                                          > > > > > JOHNSON
                                          > > > > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                          > > > > > wrote:
                                          > > > > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the
                                          > responses
                                          > > > and
                                          > > > > > > welcoming me into the group. I have
                                          > > > entertained
                                          > > > > > the
                                          > > > > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency
                                          was
                                          > > > the
                                          > > > > > most
                                          > > > > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He
                                          was
                                          > > > born
                                          > > > > > into
                                          > > > > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                                          > > > > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                                          > > > > > machinery
                                          > > > > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                                          > > > > > > nomination). I also would have included a
                                          > > > puppet
                                          > > > > > of
                                          > > > > > > big business, but after doing a little
                                          > reading
                                          > > > > > > tonight, he apparently did some
                                          > > > trust-busting. He
                                          > > > > > > seems to have had a pretty good
                                          > > > post-presidency,
                                          > > > > > > including serving on the US Supreme Court.
                                          I
                                          > > > also
                                          > > > > > find
                                          > > > > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been
                                          > > > close
                                          > > > > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked
                                          > successor),
                                          > > > and
                                          > > > > >
                                          > > > > > > were able to have an amicable lunch
                                          together
                                          > > > > > before
                                          > > > > > > the latter's death , significant in that
                                          in
                                          >
                                          > > > the
                                          > > > > > 1912
                                          > > > > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and
                                          > > > 'congenital
                                          > > > > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                                          > > > > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza
                                          > Anthony
                                          > > > > > Cspan
                                          > > > > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft
                                          > that
                                          > > > Ram
                                          > > > > > > alluded to and came away with feeling
                                          that
                                          > > > she
                                          > > > > > was
                                          > > > > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to
                                          see
                                          > > > the
                                          > > > > > whole
                                          > > > > > > segment and for the great Coolidge
                                          > interview,
                                          > > > the
                                          > > > > > Debs
                                          > > > > > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                                          > > > > > learning
                                          > > > > > a
                                          > > > > > > lot form you guys.
                                          > > > > > >
                                          > > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                          > > > > > >
                                          > > > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                                          > > > > > >
                                          > > > > > >
                                          > > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                          > > > > > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though
                                          > I'd
                                          > > > also
                                          > > > > > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone
                                          > here
                                          > > > > > have
                                          > > > > > > suggestions on books or websites to do
                                          with
                                          > > > the
                                          > > > > > Taft
                                          > > > > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography
                                          I'm
                                          > > > > > reading
                                          > > > > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy
                                          > > > began
                                          > > > > > > sending him on important missions and
                                          taking
                                          > > > Taft
                                          > > > > > into
                                          > > > > > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905
                                          > > > though
                                          > > > > > > probably earlier.
                                          > > > > > >
                                          > > > > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust
                                          > prosecutions
                                          > > > of
                                          > > > > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his
                                          first
                                          > > > term,
                                          > > > > > but
                                          > > >
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                                          Princess David! He probably said that in his second term? His Alzheimer s problem was getting quite real in his last years. His Budget Director, David
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                                            Princess David! He probably said that in his second term? His
                                            Alzheimer's problem was getting quite real in his last years.

                                            His Budget Director, David Stockman, actually wrote a book confessing
                                            how much damage the supply-side (a.k.a. voodoo) economics had damage
                                            the economy in the long run. I just wonder where the true
                                            conservatives were and are when it comes to an issue as immoral as
                                            driving the country into bankrupcy for the future generations.

                                            Ram


                                            --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                            wrote:
                                            > Why Reagan remains so popular with historians and pols
                                            > totally escapes me. When we lost the 247 marines in
                                            > Lebanon, he wagged the dog and invaded Grenada to
                                            > replace the tragedy as the main story . Not much was
                                            > passed in the way of legislation on his watch but what
                                            > did get through usually benefited the rich at the
                                            > expense of the rest of us. He supported Pinochet,
                                            > Suharto, the Contras and apartheid- era South Africa,
                                            > going so for as condemning Nelson Mandela as a
                                            > "communist terrorist." Nobel Peace Prize winner
                                            > Desmond Tutu called him,"immoral, evil, and totally
                                            > un-Christian." And then there was the incident where
                                            > he called Princess Diana "Princess David."
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > ---------------------------------
                                            > Never a fan of Reagan. An Economics major, I always
                                            > begin my judgement
                                            > on Reagan with his tripling the national debt during
                                            > his 8 consecutive
                                            > deficit years. And the Cold War and the military
                                            > spending were not the
                                            > real reason for the deficit spending.
                                            >
                                            > The future generations will look at Reagan quite
                                            > differently, and will
                                            > most likely remember the baby boom generation with
                                            > contempt and
                                            > disrespect.
                                            >
                                            > Ram
                                            >
                                            >
                                            > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON
                                            > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                            > wrote:
                                            > > While reading about the Harding administration and
                                            > > the Teapot Dome
                                            > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome scandal,
                                            > I
                                            > > became re-acquainted with Fightin' Bob LaFollette
                                            > >
                                            > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette%2C_Sr.,
                                            > > who's primary association for me was as a thorn in
                                            > > Wilson's side. Although Harding was very popular and
                                            > > the scandal had lost the public's interest,
                                            > Republican
                                            > > LaFollette kept investigating through a Senate
                                            > > committee, with Democrat Thomas Walsh as point man.
                                            > > Eventually the lies did not hold up, resulting in
                                            > > imprisonment, suicides, and a disgraced
                                            > > administration.
                                            > > Fast forward 60 years to the Reagan administration
                                            > and
                                            > > the Iran-Contra scandal
                                            > > ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_Affair This
                                            > > administration illegally traded arms for hostages,
                                            > > with disastrous results reverberating even today.
                                            > > Special prosecutor Walsh (ironically) granted
                                            > immunity
                                            > > to some key figures and everybody walked. Far from
                                            > re
                                            > > penitent, House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton,
                                            > > according to Representative Dana Rohrabacher R-Cal,
                                            > > primarily as payback for to the Democrats for
                                            > pursuing
                                            > > Iran-Contra in the first place.
                                            > > In my opinion, Reagan did far more damage to our
                                            > long
                                            > > term interests than Harding, yet Reagan is ranked
                                            > the
                                            > > 11th best president in Cspan's Survey of
                                            > Presidential
                                            > > Leadership Survey
                                            > >
                                            > http://www.americanpresidents.org/survey/historians/,
                                            > > comprised of prominent presidential historians, and
                                            > > Harding is ranked 40th of 41.
                                            > > How different things might have been if Bob
                                            > LaFollette
                                            > > had towed the party line or if Lawrence Walsh had
                                            > not.
                                            > >
                                            > > Tom Johnson
                                            > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                            > >
                                            > >
                                            > > ---------------------------------
                                            > > Greg,
                                            > >
                                            > > Rand has plenty of fans. They've even set up the Ayn
                                            > > Rand Institute in
                                            > > her name a decade ago:
                                            > >
                                            > > http://www.aynrand.org/
                                            > >
                                            > > She's the Milton Friedman of her era:
                                            > >
                                            > > "Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was an ardent advocate of
                                            > > reason, rational
                                            > > self-interest, individual rights and free-market
                                            > > capitalism.
                                            > >
                                            > > ARI seeks to promote these principles, spearheading
                                            > a
                                            > > "cultural
                                            > > renaissance" that will reverse the anti-reason,
                                            > > anti-individualism,
                                            > > anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's
                                            > > culture. The major
                                            > > battleground in this fight for reason and capitalism
                                            > > is the
                                            > > educational institutions�high schools, and above
                                            > all,
                                            > > the
                                            > > universities, where students learn the ideas that
                                            > > shape their lives.
                                            > >
                                            > > Ayn Rand's philosophy�known as Objectivism�holds
                                            > that
                                            > > historical
                                            > > trends are the inescapable product of philosophy. To
                                            > > reverse the
                                            > > current political and economic trends in America and
                                            > > throughout the
                                            > > world requires a reversal of our society's
                                            > fundamental
                                            > > philosophy."
                                            > >
                                            > > Ram
                                            > >
                                            > >
                                            > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon
                                            > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                            > > wrote:
                                            > > > I have vague knowledge of Rand's writings and
                                            > > > philosophy. I think they both believed in what
                                            > they
                                            > > > thought of as libertarianism, but had very
                                            > different
                                            > > > views on what exactly that was. Goldman's allies
                                            > > were
                                            > > > nearly always on the left. She had many friends
                                            > who
                                            > > > were socialist and communist, though she'd always
                                            > > > disagree with them on many things. I think the
                                            > main
                                            > > > thing they agreed on was that private property
                                            > > should
                                            > > > be done away with, and that's one thing I'm sure
                                            > > Rand
                                            > > > would disagree with them on. Goldman also joined
                                            > > them
                                            > > > on more down-to-earth causes, like birth control.
                                            > > She
                                            > > > delivered lectures on birth control, and
                                            > apparently
                                            > > > condoms were distributed at her lectures though
                                            > > birth
                                            > > > control devices like that weren't legal at the
                                            > time.
                                            > > >
                                            > > > I don't know much about Rand's personal life. Was
                                            > > she
                                            > > > as passionate about her beliefs as Goldman was?
                                            > What
                                            > > > was she like? For that matter, when did she live?
                                            > > >
                                            > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                            > > >
                                            > > > > Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn
                                            > Rand,
                                            > > > > surely a very
                                            > > > > different personality. (Ann Coulter of her
                                            > > > > generation?) I sometimes
                                            > > > > wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do with
                                            > > the
                                            > > > > imprisonment.
                                            > > > >
                                            > > > > Ram
                                            > > > >
                                            > > > >
                                            > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg
                                            > > Cannon
                                            > > > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                            > > > > wrote:
                                            > > > > > I don't know the details of Debs' prosecution,
                                            > > but
                                            > > > > I
                                            > > > > > recall reading that Coolidge eventually
                                            > pardoned
                                            > > > > him.
                                            > > > > > And Debs did still get about a million votes
                                            > in
                                            > > > > 1920,
                                            > > > > > though he was still in jail.
                                            > > > > >
                                            > > > > > The best (and really only) book I've read on
                                            > the
                                            > > > > use
                                            > > > > > of the Espionage Act was the second volume of
                                            > > Emma
                                            > > > > > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant, she
                                            > > was
                                            > > > > not
                                            > > > > > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet
                                            > > Union
                                            > > > > > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never
                                            > > allowed
                                            > > > > to
                                            > > > > > return to America, all because she'd made
                                            > > speeches
                                            > > > > > against the war and against the draft.
                                            > Thousands
                                            > > > > were
                                            > > > > > deported at the same time as her. I recall
                                            > that
                                            > > > > her
                                            > > > > > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney
                                            > > > > general
                                            > > > > > than at Wilson himself.
                                            > > > > >
                                            > > > > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                                            > > > > > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                                            > > > > > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as a
                                            > > > > > > political
                                            > > > > > > tool and was not above using propaganda. I'm
                                            > > > > curious
                                            > > > > > > whether that it is reasonable to assume
                                            > that
                                            > > > > Deb's
                                            > > > > > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was an
                                            > > > > attempt
                                            > > > > > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                                            > > > > > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being
                                            > the
                                            > > > > last
                                            > > > > > > to
                                            > > > > > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and
                                            > the
                                            > > > > fact
                                            > > > > > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech,
                                            > > > > immediately
                                            > > > > > > after taking a bullet in the chest,
                                            > > astounding.
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                            > > > > > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and
                                            > > > > equality
                                            > > > > > > that the original
                                            > > > > > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a
                                            > superb
                                            > > > > > > Supreme
                                            > > > > > > Court Chief
                                            > > > > > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture
                                            > what
                                            > > > > kind
                                            > > > > > > of
                                            > > > > > > Justice Bush or
                                            > > > > > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I
                                            > only
                                            > > > > > > bother
                                            > > > > > > God when
                                            > > > > > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will
                                            > > never
                                            > > > > > > happen to mankind.
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > The 1912 election was a critical election.
                                            > The
                                            > > > > > > Democratic Party for
                                            > > > > > > the first time experienced the progressive
                                            > > > > elements
                                            > > > > > > that Woodrow
                                            > > > > > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan embraced,
                                            > > > > while
                                            > > > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > Republican Party
                                            > > > > > > began to turn from a center-left party to
                                            > > > > something
                                            > > > > > > totally different
                                            > > > > > > half a century later. Here is the transcript
                                            > > of
                                            > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > BookTV interview
                                            > > > > > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                                            > > > > > > Roosevelt,
                                            > > > > > > Taft, and Debs -
                                            > > > > > > The Election That Changed the Country," a
                                            > very
                                            > > > > > > readable book:
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > >
                                            > > > >
                                            > > >
                                            > >
                                            > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > Ram
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com,
                                            > THOMAS
                                            > > > > > > JOHNSON
                                            > > > > > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                            > > > > > > wrote:
                                            > > > > > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the
                                            > > responses
                                            > > > > and
                                            > > > > > > > welcoming me into the group. I have
                                            > > > > entertained
                                            > > > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency
                                            > was
                                            > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > most
                                            > > > > > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He
                                            > was
                                            > > > > born
                                            > > > > > > into
                                            > > > > > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                                            > > > > > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the party
                                            > > > > > > machinery
                                            > > > > > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912 Republican
                                            > > > > > > > nomination). I also would have included a
                                            > > > > puppet
                                            > > > > > > of
                                            > > > > > > > big business, but after doing a little
                                            > > reading
                                            > > > > > > > tonight, he apparently did some
                                            > > > > trust-busting. He
                                            > > > > > > > seems to have had a pretty good
                                            > > > > post-presidency,
                                            > > > > > > > including serving on the US Supreme Court.
                                            > I
                                            > > > > also
                                            > > > > > > find
                                            > > > > > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had been
                                            > > > > close
                                            > > > > > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked
                                            > > successor),
                                            > > > > and
                                            > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > > were able to have an amicable lunch
                                            > together
                                            > > > > > > before
                                            > > > > > > > the latter's death , significant in that
                                            > in
                                            > >
                                            > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > 1912
                                            > > > > > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and
                                            > > > > 'congenital
                                            > > > > > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                                            > > > > > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza
                                            > > Anthony
                                            > > > > > > Cspan
                                            > > > > > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft
                                            > > that
                                            > > > > Ram
                                            > > > > > > > alluded to and came away with feeling
                                            > that
                                            > > > > she
                                            > > > > > > was
                                            > > > > > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to
                                            > see
                                            > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > whole
                                            > > > > > > > segment and for the great Coolidge
                                            > > interview,
                                            > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > Debs
                                            > > > > > > > profile and for answering my question. I'm
                                            > > > > > > learning
                                            > > > > > > a
                                            > > > > > > > lot form you guys.
                                            > > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                            > > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...> wrote:
                                            > > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                            > > > > > > > I can't answer your question, Tom, though
                                            > > I'd
                                            > > > > also
                                            > > > > > > > like to know the answer. Do you or anyone
                                            > > here
                                            > > > > > > have
                                            > > > > > > > suggestions on books or websites to do
                                            > with
                                            > > > > the
                                            > > > > > > Taft
                                            > > > > > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography
                                            > I'm
                                            > > > > > > reading
                                            > > > > > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how Teddy
                                            > > > > began
                                            > > > > > > > sending him on important missions and
                                            > taking
                                            > > > > Taft
                                            > > > > > > into
                                            > > > > > > > his confidence, at least as early as 1905
                                            > > > > though
                                            > > > > > > > probably earlier.
                                            > > > > > > >
                                            > > > > > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust
                                            > > prosecutions
                                            > > > > of
                                            > > > > > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his
                                            > first
                                            > > > > term,
                                            > > > > > > but
                                            > > > >
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                                            Maybe he got Diana and Stockman mixed up. In an effort to see it from a historian s viewpoint, I did a little reading in hopes of understanding what the
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                                              Maybe he got Diana and Stockman mixed up.
                                              In an effort to see it from a historian's viewpoint, I
                                              did a little reading in hopes of understanding what
                                              the attraction was.. This from the Wikipedia:
                                              Some analysts argue that the eventual collapse of the
                                              Soviet Union was due more to the reawakening of
                                              internal separatist problems under glasnost, an
                                              inherent weakness in communist economic theory, and
                                              the depressed global price of crude oil, on which the
                                              Soviet economy during those years depended heavily.
                                              Furthermore, Reagan's much heralded military buildup
                                              that increased American military spending by 8% per
                                              annum in fact did not appear to have the planned
                                              effect of forcing the Soviets to mirror American
                                              growth: according to CIA estimates, Soviet military
                                              spending levelled off at a growth rate of 1.3% per
                                              annum in 1975 and remained at that level for a decade,
                                              rising slightly to approximately 4.3% in 1985 through
                                              1987 (though spending on offensive strategic weapons
                                              continued to grow at 1.3% during that period), before
                                              returning to 1.3% in 1988. It is also often pointed
                                              out that many actions popularly attributed to Reagan
                                              were actually initiated by his predecessor Jimmy
                                              Carter, such as the increase in military spending and
                                              the decisions to fund anti-communist militant groups
                                              in Nicaragua and Afghanistan.

                                              That didn't help.

                                              Tom


                                              --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:


                                              ---------------------------------
                                              Princess David! He probably said that in his second
                                              term? His
                                              Alzheimer's problem was getting quite real in his last
                                              years.

                                              His Budget Director, David Stockman, actually wrote a
                                              book confessing
                                              how much damage the supply-side (a.k.a. voodoo)
                                              economics had damage
                                              the economy in the long run. I just wonder where the
                                              true
                                              conservatives were and are when it comes to an issue
                                              as immoral as
                                              driving the country into bankrupcy for the future
                                              generations.

                                              Ram


                                              --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS JOHNSON
                                              <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                              wrote:
                                              > Why Reagan remains so popular with historians and
                                              pols
                                              > totally escapes me. When we lost the 247 marines in
                                              > Lebanon, he wagged the dog and invaded Grenada to
                                              > replace the tragedy as the main story . Not much was
                                              > passed in the way of legislation on his watch but
                                              what
                                              > did get through usually benefited the rich at the
                                              > expense of the rest of us. He supported Pinochet,
                                              > Suharto, the Contras and apartheid- era South
                                              Africa,
                                              > going so for as condemning Nelson Mandela as a
                                              > "communist terrorist." Nobel Peace Prize winner
                                              > Desmond Tutu called him,"immoral, evil, and totally
                                              > un-Christian." And then there was the incident
                                              where
                                              > he called Princess Diana "Princess David."
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > ---------------------------------
                                              > Never a fan of Reagan. An Economics major, I always
                                              > begin my judgement
                                              > on Reagan with his tripling the national debt during
                                              > his 8 consecutive
                                              > deficit years. And the Cold War and the military
                                              > spending were not the
                                              > real reason for the deficit spending.
                                              >
                                              > The future generations will look at Reagan quite
                                              > differently, and will
                                              > most likely remember the baby boom generation with
                                              > contempt and
                                              > disrespect.
                                              >
                                              > Ram
                                              >
                                              >
                                              > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
                                              JOHNSON
                                              > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                              > wrote:
                                              > > While reading about the Harding administration
                                              and
                                              > > the Teapot Dome
                                              > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome
                                              scandal,
                                              > I
                                              > > became re-acquainted with Fightin' Bob LaFollette
                                              > >
                                              >
                                              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._La_Follette%2C_Sr.,
                                              > > who's primary association for me was as a thorn
                                              in
                                              > > Wilson's side. Although Harding was very popular
                                              and
                                              > > the scandal had lost the public's interest,
                                              > Republican
                                              > > LaFollette kept investigating through a Senate
                                              > > committee, with Democrat Thomas Walsh as point
                                              man.
                                              > > Eventually the lies did not hold up, resulting in
                                              > > imprisonment, suicides, and a disgraced
                                              > > administration.
                                              > > Fast forward 60 years to the Reagan administration
                                              > and
                                              > > the Iran-Contra scandal
                                              > > ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran-Contra_Affair This
                                              > > administration illegally traded arms for hostages,
                                              > > with disastrous results reverberating even today.
                                              > > Special prosecutor Walsh (ironically) granted
                                              > immunity
                                              > > to some key figures and everybody walked. Far from
                                              > re
                                              > > penitent, House Republicans impeached Bill
                                              Clinton,
                                              > > according to Representative Dana Rohrabacher
                                              R-Cal,
                                              > > primarily as payback for to the Democrats for
                                              > pursuing
                                              > > Iran-Contra in the first place.
                                              > > In my opinion, Reagan did far more damage to our
                                              > long
                                              > > term interests than Harding, yet Reagan is ranked
                                              > the
                                              > > 11th best president in Cspan's Survey of
                                              > Presidential
                                              > > Leadership Survey
                                              > >
                                              >
                                              http://www.americanpresidents.org/survey/historians/,
                                              > > comprised of prominent presidential historians,
                                              and
                                              > > Harding is ranked 40th of 41.
                                              > > How different things might have been if Bob
                                              > LaFollette
                                              > > had towed the party line or if Lawrence Walsh had
                                              > not.
                                              > >
                                              > > Tom Johnson
                                              > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > ---------------------------------
                                              > > Greg,
                                              > >
                                              > > Rand has plenty of fans. They've even set up the
                                              Ayn
                                              > > Rand Institute in
                                              > > her name a decade ago:
                                              > >
                                              > > http://www.aynrand.org/
                                              > >
                                              > > She's the Milton Friedman of her era:
                                              > >
                                              > > "Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was an ardent advocate of
                                              > > reason, rational
                                              > > self-interest, individual rights and free-market
                                              > > capitalism.
                                              > >
                                              > > ARI seeks to promote these principles,
                                              spearheading
                                              > a
                                              > > "cultural
                                              > > renaissance" that will reverse the anti-reason,
                                              > > anti-individualism,
                                              > > anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today's
                                              > > culture. The major
                                              > > battleground in this fight for reason and
                                              capitalism
                                              > > is the
                                              > > educational institutions�high schools, and above
                                              > all,
                                              > > the
                                              > > universities, where students learn the ideas that
                                              > > shape their lives.
                                              > >
                                              > > Ayn Rand's philosophy�known as
                                              Objectivism�holds
                                              > that
                                              > > historical
                                              > > trends are the inescapable product of philosophy.
                                              To
                                              > > reverse the
                                              > > current political and economic trends in America
                                              and
                                              > > throughout the
                                              > > world requires a reversal of our society's
                                              > fundamental
                                              > > philosophy."
                                              > >
                                              > > Ram
                                              > >
                                              > >
                                              > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg
                                              Cannon
                                              > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                              > > wrote:
                                              > > > I have vague knowledge of Rand's writings and
                                              > > > philosophy. I think they both believed in what
                                              > they
                                              > > > thought of as libertarianism, but had very
                                              > different
                                              > > > views on what exactly that was. Goldman's allies
                                              > > were
                                              > > > nearly always on the left. She had many friends
                                              > who
                                              > > > were socialist and communist, though she'd
                                              always
                                              > > > disagree with them on many things. I think the
                                              > main
                                              > > > thing they agreed on was that private property
                                              > > should
                                              > > > be done away with, and that's one thing I'm sure
                                              > > Rand
                                              > > > would disagree with them on. Goldman also joined
                                              > > them
                                              > > > on more down-to-earth causes, like birth
                                              control.
                                              > > She
                                              > > > delivered lectures on birth control, and
                                              > apparently
                                              > > > condoms were distributed at her lectures though
                                              > > birth
                                              > > > control devices like that weren't legal at the
                                              > time.
                                              > > >
                                              > > > I don't know much about Rand's personal life.
                                              Was
                                              > > she
                                              > > > as passionate about her beliefs as Goldman was?
                                              > What
                                              > > > was she like? For that matter, when did she
                                              live?
                                              > > >
                                              > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                              > > >
                                              > > > > Your mention of Emma Goldman reminds me Ayn
                                              > Rand,
                                              > > > > surely a very
                                              > > > > different personality. (Ann Coulter of her
                                              > > > > generation?) I sometimes
                                              > > > > wonder if the Red Scare had anything to do
                                              with
                                              > > the
                                              > > > > imprisonment.
                                              > > > >
                                              > > > > Ram
                                              > > > >
                                              > > > >
                                              > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg
                                              > > Cannon
                                              > > > > <gregcannon1@y...>
                                              > > > > wrote:
                                              > > > > > I don't know the details of Debs'
                                              prosecution,
                                              > > but
                                              > > > > I
                                              > > > > > recall reading that Coolidge eventually
                                              > pardoned
                                              > > > > him.
                                              > > > > > And Debs did still get about a million votes
                                              > in
                                              > > > > 1920,
                                              > > > > > though he was still in jail.
                                              > > > > >
                                              > > > > > The best (and really only) book I've read on
                                              > the
                                              > > > > use
                                              > > > > > of the Espionage Act was the second volume
                                              of
                                              > > Emma
                                              > > > > > Goldman's autobiography. As an immigrant,
                                              she
                                              > > was
                                              > > > > not
                                              > > > > > only jailed but also deported to the Soviet
                                              > > Union
                                              > > > > > (which she'd left in the 1880s) and never
                                              > > allowed
                                              > > > > to
                                              > > > > > return to America, all because she'd made
                                              > > speeches
                                              > > > > > against the war and against the draft.
                                              > Thousands
                                              > > > > were
                                              > > > > > deported at the same time as her. I recall
                                              > that
                                              > > > > her
                                              > > > > > anger was more directed at Wilson's attorney
                                              > > > > general
                                              > > > > > than at Wilson himself.
                                              > > > > >
                                              > > > > > --- THOMAS JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@F...> wrote:
                                              > > > > > > I have read that Wilson was prone to use
                                              > > > > > > the threat of prosecution of sedition as
                                              a
                                              > > > > > > political
                                              > > > > > > tool and was not above using propaganda.
                                              I'm
                                              > > > > curious
                                              > > > > > > whether that it is reasonable to assume
                                              > that
                                              > > > > Deb's
                                              > > > > > > incarceration under the Espionage Act was
                                              an
                                              > > > > attempt
                                              > > > > > > to lessen his impact on the 1920 race.
                                              > > > > > > I found the image of a weeping Taft being
                                              > the
                                              > > > > last
                                              > > > > > > to
                                              > > > > > > leave TR's grave site pretty touching, and
                                              > the
                                              > > > > fact
                                              > > > > > > that TR delivered a 50 minute speech,
                                              > > > > immediately
                                              > > > > > > after taking a bullet in the chest,
                                              > > astounding.
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@y...> wrote:
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                              > > > > > > Because of his deep sense of fairness and
                                              > > > > equality
                                              > > > > > > that the original
                                              > > > > > > Republican Party embraced, Taft made a
                                              > superb
                                              > > > > > > Supreme
                                              > > > > > > Court Chief
                                              > > > > > > Justice. I find it impossible to picture
                                              > what
                                              > > > > kind
                                              > > > > > > of
                                              > > > > > > Justice Bush or
                                              > > > > > > Cheney would be, but I pray to God (and I
                                              > only
                                              > > > > > > bother
                                              > > > > > > God when
                                              > > > > > > necessary) that a Justice Bush/Cheney will
                                              > > never
                                              > > > > > > happen to mankind.
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > The 1912 election was a critical election.
                                              > The
                                              > > > > > > Democratic Party for
                                              > > > > > > the first time experienced the progressive
                                              > > > > elements
                                              > > > > > > that Woodrow
                                              > > > > > > Wilson and William Jennings Bryan
                                              embraced,
                                              > > > > while
                                              > > > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > Republican Party
                                              > > > > > > began to turn from a center-left party to
                                              > > > > something
                                              > > > > > > totally different
                                              > > > > > > half a century later. Here is the
                                              transcript
                                              > > of
                                              > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > BookTV interview
                                              > > > > > > with the author of the book "1912: Wilson,
                                              > > > > > > Roosevelt,
                                              > > > > > > Taft, and Debs -
                                              > > > > > > The Election That Changed the Country," a
                                              > very
                                              > > > > > > readable book:
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > >
                                              > > > >
                                              > > >
                                              > >
                                              >
                                              http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prezveepsenator/message/192
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > Ram
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com,
                                              > THOMAS
                                              > > > > > > JOHNSON
                                              > > > > > > <AVRCRDNG@F...>
                                              > > > > > > wrote:
                                              > > > > > > > Greg and Ram and all, thanks for the
                                              > > responses
                                              > > > > and
                                              > > > > > > > welcoming me into the group. I have
                                              > > > > entertained
                                              > > > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > > notion that perhaps the Taft presidency
                                              > was
                                              > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > most
                                              > > > > > > > analogous to our current inhabitant. He
                                              > was
                                              > > > > born
                                              > > > > > > into
                                              > > > > > > > political privilege, divisive, pious,
                                              > > > > > > > anti-environment, and a pawn of the
                                              party
                                              > > > > > > machinery
                                              > > > > > > > (TR claimed they stole the 1912
                                              Republican
                                              > > > > > > > nomination). I also would have included
                                              a
                                              > > > > puppet
                                              > > > > > > of
                                              > > > > > > > big business, but after doing a little
                                              > > reading
                                              > > > > > > > tonight, he apparently did some
                                              > > > > trust-busting. He
                                              > > > > > > > seems to have had a pretty good
                                              > > > > post-presidency,
                                              > > > > > > > including serving on the US Supreme
                                              Court.
                                              > I
                                              > > > > also
                                              > > > > > > find
                                              > > > > > > > it heartening that he and TR, who had
                                              been
                                              > > > > close
                                              > > > > > > > friends( Taft was TR's hand-picked
                                              > > successor),
                                              > > > > and
                                              > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > > were able to have an amicable lunch
                                              > together
                                              > > > > > > before
                                              > > > > > > > the latter's death , significant in
                                              that
                                              > in
                                              > >
                                              > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > 1912
                                              > > > > > > > primaries terms such as 'fathead' and
                                              > > > > 'congenital
                                              > > > > > > > liar' were thrown at each other.
                                              > > > > > > > I caught a bit of the Carl Sferrazza
                                              > > Anthony
                                              > > > > > > Cspan
                                              > > > > > > > interview on the subject of Nellie Taft
                                              > > that
                                              > > > > Ram
                                              > > > > > > > alluded to and came away with feeling
                                              > that
                                              > > > > she
                                              > > > > > > was
                                              > > > > > > > pretty cool..thanks Ram for the link to
                                              > see
                                              > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > whole
                                              > > > > > > > segment and for the great Coolidge
                                              > > interview,
                                              > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > Debs
                                              > > > > > > > profile and for answering my question.
                                              I'm
                                              > > > > > > learning
                                              > > > > > > a
                                              > > > > > > > lot form you guys.
                                              > > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > > Tom Johnson
                                              > > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > > --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@y...>
                                              wrote:
                                              > > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > > ---------------------------------
                                              > > > > > > > I can't answer your question, Tom,
                                              though
                                              > > I'd
                                              > > > > also
                                              > > > > > > > like to know the answer. Do you or
                                              anyone
                                              > > here
                                              > > > > > > have
                                              > > > > > > > suggestions on books or websites to do
                                              > with
                                              > > > > the
                                              > > > > > > Taft
                                              > > > > > > > administration? The Roosevelt biography
                                              > I'm
                                              > > > > > > reading
                                              > > > > > > > has been mentioning Taft a lot, how
                                              Teddy
                                              > > > > began
                                              > > > > > > > sending him on important missions and
                                              > taking
                                              > > > > Taft
                                              > > > > > > into
                                              > > > > > > > his confidence, at least as early as
                                              1905
                                              > > > > though
                                              > > > > > > > probably earlier.
                                              > > > > > > >
                                              > > > > > > > Roosevelt's occasional anti-trust
                                              > > prosecutions
                                              > > > > of
                                              > > > > > > > monopolies raised quite a storm in his
                                              > first
                                              > > > > term,
                                              > > > > > > but
                                              > > > >
                                              > > > === message truncated ===
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