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

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.

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…)

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.

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: ¬†

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.

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).

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.

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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1 Response to US – Politics – HIstory – Michele Bachmann’s "Great Americans" – 31 January 2011

  1. worldleaderpretendblog says:

    The point of the above, obviously, is that not only does the United States does not have an unvarnished record where inclusion and equal opportunity are concerned, but many of the country's leading figures have been, for want of a better term, gigantic a–holes.

    When people needed defending, here's a good shortlist of people who would not be there for them. In Bachmann's universe, Americans have always been basically good – anyone that wasn't was one bad apple in a basically decent bunch. That's nonsense. We've had periods in our history when the a–holes ruled the place. We don't have to go back to when the British were in charge to find tyrants in the US.

    And it's not just a antebellum or Civil War thing either. I could certainly go on and list no-goodniks closer to our own era who were in charge of things in the country. If I were to go on, I'd probably add people like Mark Hanna, A. Mitchell Palmer, Joseph McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, Orval Faubus, Lester Maddox, Richard Nixon…anyway, you get the idea.

    Michele Bachmann would love to present my being down on all those people as being the same as my being down on America and its history. I know better than that. There are many American heroes that outshine these American villains. There are also many Americans, past and present, somewhere in between the great and the shameful. That's the way it is in most countries, in fact.

    I'd much rather see my native country for what it is that for some imagined past (and some imagined present, too!) like Ms. Bachmann.

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