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  •  No, I mean liberal values. (0+ / 0-)

    Grant pushed through the 15th Amendment and busted the KKK.  He dealt more squarely with the Indians than any president until the 20th century.  He was a good and decent man.

    Also, while there may have been corruption in his cabinet, his policies, like those of the Republican party at the time were anything but libertarian.  It was big government developing the economy.  It was the developmental state policies first developed by Hamilton, and then espoused by Clay and Lincoln and later emulated by the German historical school and the Meiji government in Japan.

    "I always found it interesting that people would cast aspersions on failure, as if it were a bad thing." -- Michael Steele, RNC Chairman

    by journeyman on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 05:29:40 AM PDT

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    •  The Panic of 1873 is largely on (1+ / 0-)
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      Grant's shoulders. There's a reason he's given very low marks by historians as a President, even if did a lot of admirable work protecting the rights of former slaves and holding back white intolerance against Indians for the most part.

      "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread". -Alexnader Pope

      by ArkDem14 on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 11:23:08 AM PDT

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      •  Grant Was No Financial Whiz. (1+ / 0-)
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        His own situation is more than enough testimony to that.  That allowed, he basically continued the Federalist/Whig/Republican line of government encouragement of economic development.  He wasn't just  an economic libertarian.

        "I always found it interesting that people would cast aspersions on failure, as if it were a bad thing." -- Michael Steele, RNC Chairman

        by journeyman on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 11:32:48 AM PDT

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