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America: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Posted By Levi

March 5th, 2012 9:05pm

Category: Amrican History

One of the biggest problems the country faces today is the huge amount of big money that flows in politics and the corrupting influence it has on our politicians. The situation has gotten worse since last year’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United that allowed the rich and big corporations to pour in as much money as they wish in the campaigns of their favorite politicians. For the first time in our history, President Obama and the Republican candidate are expected to raise and spend about $1 billion each on their respective campaigns.  But the undue influence of money in American politics is not a recent thing and goes all the way back. Mother Jones Magazine did some digging for us and comes up with the following.      • 1758: George Washington’s successful campaign for the Virginia House of Burgesses spends £39 on booze to “treat” voters on Election Day ($8,130 in 2011 dollars). • 1800: Thomas Jefferson hires a writer to smear Read More

A Slave In the White House

Posted By Levi

January 10th, 2012 8:11pm

The Daily Show Jon Stewart had an interesting interview with Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, author of A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. The book highlights the life of Paul Jennings who was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia. When Madison became the 4th President of the United States, he took Jennings to the White House as his personal slave. He was only 10 years old. Yes, it may seem hard to believe, but several of our early presidents and Founding Fathers were slave owners. Also, James Madison is remembered as the man who wrote the U.S. Constitution. In his will, Madison bequeathed all his 100 slaves to his wife. Jennings expected to be freed upon the death of Madison but Dolley refused to set him free even though Jennings had married a slave woman at a nearby plantation and had children. So Jennings’ wife and children lived on a separate plantation owned by a separate master. Jennings decided to purchase his own fr Read More