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  •  And this guy has a chance of becoming President? (6+ / 0-)

    The country is gone bunkers

    •  The country has gone bonkers in the past (6+ / 0-)

      George W. Bush comes to mind, although he had an assist from the electoral college and five SCOTUS party hacks.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:33:28 AM PDT

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      •  Warren Harding (4+ / 0-)

        The only reason his epic scandals aren't better known is because he died in office before most of it came to light.  (And yes, he was a Republican.)

        "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

        by Land of Enchantment on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:42:43 AM PDT

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        •  I'm actually a Warren Harding revisionist (3+ / 0-)
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          He ended the Red Scare as soon as he became President, stopping the deportations and ordering the release from prision of Eugene Debs, whom he put on a train direct from Atlanta Penitentiary to Washington.  Debs was taken right to the White House where the two men shared cigars and posed for news cameras.

          Harding demanded and supported legislation to restore voting rights to Southern blacks, which went nowhere in Congress.  As soon as he became President, he revoked Wilson's executive order authorizing federal agencies to segregate employees and federal office buildings (there were even separate bathrooms in some buildings, which Harding's order re-integrated.

          Harding supported legislation outlawing child labor despite the Supreme Court declaring the previous law unconstitutional.  He supported and hosted the Washington Naval Disarmament Conference, which reduced Naval armaments and ships for the navies of the U.S., Britain, France, Italy and Japan.

          Harding had his problems but he wasn't all bad.  Although the country would have been 1000 percent better off if Cox and FDR had won in 1920.

          "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

          by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:58:21 AM PDT

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          •  Teapot Dome, anyone? (2+ / 0-)
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            I guess you don't see a "problem" there, so we're gonna hafta disagree.  The depth of corruption was breathtaking, and much of it didn't come to light at the time, and is largely forgotten by history, too.  He deserved to be impeached, but avoided it by dying instead.

            "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

            by Land of Enchantment on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 08:32:22 AM PDT

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            •  Agree, but you need to take the whole package (1+ / 0-)
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              There was also Nan Britton who was minor when their relationship began, although an adult by the time he was in the White House.  Supposedly they went at it in a walk in closet guarded by Secret Service agents from his wife Florence.  And other mistresses as well.

              I recommend The Teapot Dome Scandal:  How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country by Lation McCartney (2008), a very readable book that remains applicable today.

              "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

              by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:03:29 AM PDT

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