US – Politics – HIstory – Michele Bachmann’s “Great Americans” – 31 January 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_B._Taney


Number 1 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – that great fighter for diversity, Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. With great Americans like him, I just don’t know how people could doubt the commitment Americans have always had to treating African-Americans as equal citizens.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Pierce

Number 2 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce. Known as a “doughboy” for his love of poppin’-fresh Pillsbury products (and not because he was a “Northerner with Southern sympathies” who acted to repeal the Missouri Compromise…)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rutledge

Number 3 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – John Rutledge, who informed the Constitutional Convention that the South would never agree to the Constitution if that document did not permit slavery.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Calhoun

Number 4 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – John C. Calhoun, who defended slavery as a “positive good” and not just a “necessary evil”. See the disgustingly long list of things named for John C. Calhoun here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_named_for_John_C._Calhoun

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Vallandigham

Number 5 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – Clement Vallandingham, that great example of how unified in support of Abraham Lincoln’s war against slavery everyone was.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millard_Fillmore

Number 6 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – Millard Fillmore. Allowed slavery into territory annexed after the Mexican War. Supported the Compromise of 1850, which included the Fugitive Slave Act (slaves escaping to the North could be demanded back legally by the South). Also led the aptly-named Know-Nothing Party (sort of a Tea Party precursor).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan

Number 7 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States. Or Disunited States. As they soon became. He believed secession was illegal, but so was stopping it. Or taking any kind of a position at all, apparently.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Breckinridge

Number 8 in the series “Michele Bachmann’s Great Americans” – John C. Breckinridge, 14th Vice-President of the United States. Ran for President in 1860 on a pro-slavery ticket. When his state of Kentucky voted not to secede from the US, Breckinridge decided to support the South anyway. (Even Robert E. Lee said he would defer to the decision of his state.)



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