Forever Tricky

The Nixon renaissance is over before it could really take hold…recent renovations at the Nixon library were designed to renew interest in the 37th President’s foreign policy achievements – and to potentially redeem his reputation.  The new scrutiny has allowed researchers to bring forward evidence that Nixon’s 1968 Presidential campaign actively disrupted Lyndon Johnson’s attemptsContinue reading “Forever Tricky”

Slavery Caused Secession

Neo-secessionists and revisionists struggle uselessly to blame the Civil War… on Federal overreach, inequitable tariffs, and outmoded economic theory- they fail to see the forest for the trees.  The historical record settles matters plainly and without ambiguity. Future Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens delivered the clearest, most definitive explanation… for secession and the existence of aContinue reading “Slavery Caused Secession”

Lincoln and Civil Liberties

The Lincoln administration arrested 14,401 people… during the Civil War.  Most were never indicted and denied a speedy trial.  Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus in September of 1861 allowed the detentions to happen.  Current Lincoln scholarship trends hold that Lincoln abused civil liberties and that his historical legacy must be drawn into question.  A closerContinue reading “Lincoln and Civil Liberties”

LBJ and Civil Rights

Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964…. the most significant piece of civil rights legislation in our history.  No President in the 20th century more eloquently expressed the fight for civil rights as Johnson did in 1965, “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem.Continue reading “LBJ and Civil Rights”

Friends Only in Peace- Grant

Simon Bolivar Buckner though he knew US Grant… They roomed together at West Point, formed a strong friendship, and Buckner was the Best Man at Grant’s wedding in 1848.  In February 1862, they stood on opposite sides of the walls of Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River.  Grant’s army outnumbered Buckner’s garrison- and the nooseContinue reading “Friends Only in Peace- Grant”

Vietnam- Policy and Intelligence Failure

America’s blind obedience to the dogmas of… monolithic communism and the Domino Theory led to tragedy of the Vietnam war.  In 1945, American intelligence officers established clear and firm links with the Viet Minh and its leader, Ho Chi Minh.  The Vietnamese nationalists of the Viet Minh were resisting Japanese rule and providing our OSSContinue reading “Vietnam- Policy and Intelligence Failure”

Kennedy and Cuba- A Lingering Trouble

JFK addressed the National Security Council following the Cuban Missile Crisis Kennedy appears less than optimistic about the future of the Caribbean Notes on Remarks by President Kennedy before the National Security Council Tuesday, January 22, 1963 I will start by reviewing areas of policy which will be before us in the coming months andContinue reading “Kennedy and Cuba- A Lingering Trouble”

Lincoln’s Logic- First Inaugural

Lincoln effectively broke down the secession crisis in both legal and moral terms during his First Inaugural address. “I hold that in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual. Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all national governments. It is safe toContinue reading “Lincoln’s Logic- First Inaugural”

Constitutional Union Party- 1860

Wishing to return the Union to its 1840 form, moderate Southerners formed the Constitutional Union party and nominated John C. Bell of Tennessee for President. This party did not endorse the fiery rhetoric of Breckinridge, but would not back a Republican candidate. Bell supported this platform: May 09, 1860 Whereas, Experience has demonstrated that PlatformsContinue reading “Constitutional Union Party- 1860”

Southern Faction- Election of 1860

John C. Breckinridge served as Buchanan’s Vice President and was a leading voice in the “Fire Eater” movement which dominated the US Senate. The Southern faction of the Democratic party nominated him for President rather than support Stephen Douglas in 1860. Douglas was seen as a weak on the issue of slave owning rights. TheContinue reading “Southern Faction- Election of 1860”