PitchPerfect3 now a Victim..?

PitchPerfect3, and now Star Wars’ The Last Jedi fall feloniously to the “War”

hollywood-signActually, I’ve read a lot worse offensive spews about “The War” or otherwise known as the war on women. Realize of course that I make it a point not to write about such sleazy matters as all male or all female casts or who is making how much money for a film, or who is directing the picture.

One could find themselves out of a job – just ask the National Football League. Yet, quite openly it’s run its course since the opus of Kathryn Bigelow. Although she did win an Academy Award or “Oscar” in 2008 for the portrayal of the stresses on a bomb defusing crew.

Then again in 2012, she was nominated again for her brilliant direction in the film, ZeroMV5BNzEwNzQ1NjczM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk3MTE1Mg@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_ Dark Thirty, although she did not win she was still with incredible cohorts. If there is one iota of truth about Bigelow’s directing is that at least one cast member is worth seeing the show and they always get their nominations as well. (Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker, and Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty.)

I believe that Kathryn Bigelow has a healthy perspective on female directors. From an article, I read at IMDb, “If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It’s irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there’s just not the awareness that it’s really possible. It is.”

MV5BNjEyMjk4NTE1NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTgzNzA3MjI@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_She is right about “more women in directing.” Although the folks from Pitch Perfect 3 are already trying to come up with special costumes to wear to the Academy Awards show this year as did the patrons at this year’s Golden Globe awards by wearing all black.

As much as I do admire and respect Elizabeth Banks I still think she overreacted in her position as director for Pitch Perfect II. I must add that given the talent within the show furthermore, it was a much sought-after sequel, she did do an awesome job.

I would like to expose my significant opinion here: There have been quite many female directors such as recently Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola. There are of course many other females that are well represented in the film industry. But the next person I hear squabbling about how much more a man got for a film than a lady counterpart, I always get reminded that Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and many, many more are being paid nicely. Stop gripping!

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North America just like clockwork

North America just like clockwork

2017-wildfiresThere are matters that occur in North America just like clockwork. Here are a few examples: Summer fires that nearly ingulf Southern California and in the precise same location, during the Winter months it rains, sometimes snows to where you would swear the entire place is going to become just like the famed Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina. One thing is for certain, if you have ever been through any of this cyclical intrepid weather, it is the pain on the peoples’ faces when summing up the loses.

A few years ago, the called the summer portion “El Nino,” again and at the frustrating equality cum women’s war, then every other year it is referred to as “El Nina.” However, this doesn’t only include Southern California. The real devastation happens during the natural disasters. What does Sandy have in common with Harvey, Irma, and Maria? And whilst Katrina still holds the single worst natural disaster in US history the actual costs of just what I mentioned is tagged at $316 billion.

I could go on and on but just suffice it to say five Southern states also experienced record warm temperatures, according to new analysis released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2017 was the third warmest year on record in the United States — and the costliest year ever for weather and climate-related natural disasters, People became transported, killed, and lost. If you please, I am not one of those “global warming” tyrants, and of course, everything is associated with it.

My point above about cyclical intrepid weather living conditions and the entire Little dude on question markCongressional legislative division in the US for this author are the same, except I believe Congress is worse! Why these rebel rousers act, speak, not listen, walk around like demagogues are simply beyond me. The “Phase In and Phase Out” conundrum starts below.

Phase one, allow me to start with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA and Phase in, the Border Security wall. The legislation and funding for our Border Security Wall was passed October 26, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 into law. So, what has happened? Phase out is the legislators not taking accountability for their previous action and are trying to hold President Trump responsible and hostage for a new DACA. Phase out, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in September that the program would be phased out, saying former President Barack Obama had exceeded his authority when he implemented it in 2012. This plan for childhood arrivals has already been extended once for two years; will it go on longer. Tomorrow, the makeup of those seeking or considered DACA.

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Where is the Money for the Border Security Wall?

Where is the Money for the Border Security Wall?

th (1)The legislation President-elect Donald Trump will need to build the promised wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico was passed in 2006 and remains on the books, even though it was never built.

The Trump administration will only need fund the 2006 act to finally build a double-layer secure wall along the border with Mexico as Congress originally intended 10 years ago.

On Oct. 26, 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 saying: “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.” (One President)

capture33(3)Democrats in Congress have blocked funding, arguing the barrier is too costly and a step away from their stated goal of “comprehensive immigration reform,” a code-phrase for proposed legislation that typically includes de facto amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.

The bill was introduced into the House of Representatives (H.R. 6061) on Sep. 13, 2006, by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. The bill received overwhelming support, passing the House by a vote of 283-138 on Sept. 14, 2006, and passing the Senate by 80-19 on Sept. 29, 2006.

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for building some 700 miles of double-fenceth (2) construction along the Mexican border, complete with vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting. Congress approved $1.2 billion in a separate homeland security spending bill to build the fence.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a DHS fact sheet documented that only 76 miles of a “pedestrian fence” had been built along the Mexican border, making it clear no double-layer barrier had been built.

On Jan. 25, 2008, then-Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., the author of the double-layer fence provisions of the Secure Fence Act of 2008, complained that only five miles of the 75-mile “pedestrian fence” then built was actually double-layer, as specified in the original legislation.

In 2014, Hunter’s son, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., posted on his website an editorial he had published in a San Diego newspaper arguing that the fence specified by his father in the 2006 legislation still needed to be built. 

fence_idea_1Typical. As I did more research on this subject, and there is plenty available (including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) but what interested me was the amount of “play acting” Congress has been up too in the preceding years. Congressional Democrats, for example, have decided to route their legislation through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Pictured above is what I refer to as “The Serious Wall” far less the cost, with a lot more obstacles.

Someone pretending to aspire to be a Congressional Representative or Senator should find a way to get this wall built. Passing amnesty or DACA is both abhorrent and illegal.

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Illegal Immigration, DACA, Focus on Policy First

Illegal Immigration, DACA, Focus on Policy First

160706_Cap_RK-1250x650Starting off this short info-message, I think it’s fair to say that the United States of America has had no real Immigration Policy from the beginning.  It should be noted here that immigration during the earliest years of being a nation was done on what we now would refer to illegal immigration.

It is important to understand that at various times in US history, immigrants were encouraged to come to America. Moreover, and this should not be understated, that within 1 to 2 years 750,000 upwards of 5 to 7 million people immigrated to America and they were given nothing – not even a travel expense or especially any sort of entitlement. The unique times were referred to as waves of immigration.

A major wave of immigration occurred from around 1815 to 1865. Most of these newcomers hailed from Northern and Western Europe. Approximately one-third came from Ireland, which experienced a massive famine in the mid-19th century. In the 1840s, almost half of America’s immigrants were from Ireland alone. Typically, impoverished, these Irish immigrants settled near their point of arrival in cities along the East Coast. Between 1820 and 1930, some 4.5 million Irish migrated to the United States.

Please understand that ships from Ireland literally made it, at times a 2-week sojourn, and before clearing anything the men were drafted into the Union Army, and at no volunteerism of their own. Immediate family members such as a wife with children were gathered up and taken to a “common area” where they could clean up and eat. 

Also in the 19th century, the United States received some 5 million German immigrants. Many of them journeyed to the present-day Midwest to buy farms or congregated in such cities as Milwaukee, St. Louis and Cincinnati. In the national census of 2000, more Americans claimed German ancestry than any other group.3ringcircus(1)

Immigration plummeted during the global depression of the 1930s and World War II (1939-1945). Between 1930 and 1950, America’s foreign-born population decreased from 14.2 to 10.3 million, or from 11.6 to 6.9 percent of the total population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. After the war, Congress passed special legislation enabling refugees from Europe and the Soviet Union to enter the United States. Following the communist revolution in Cuba in 1959, hundreds of thousands of refugees from that island nation also gained admittance to the United States.

In 1965, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, which did away with quotas based on nationality and allowed Americans to sponsor relatives from their countries of origin. Because of this act and subsequent legislation, the nation experienced a shift in immigration patterns. Today, most U.S. immigrants come from Asia and Latin America rather than Europe.

The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act was a clear step of advancing the 1952 (McCarran and Hart) earlier policy. Advancing from 1952 until 1965 there are reasons that every American should be made aware of whether it is accepted – liked or not.

The machinations should really be looked at as a President John F. Kennedy, US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s role in advancing their roles within the government. All one needs to do is look at the dates 1959-1965 and ponder the Vietnam War, as well as the civil rights of the oppressed already living in the USA. The “quotas” mentioned earlier was in this author’s best judgment was for the mainstream media and opening some rights of immigration to those who were from nation’s that didn’t have the means to procure the price of shipping. Reviewing the Census and other means, these nations were from Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.

In the finale, doesn’t it make sense, with perfectly sound wisdom to make a policy first before adding on to a non-policy?

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ONE ISSUE AT A TIME, CONGRESS, PLEASE DON’T ADD TO THE LEGISLATION

ONE ISSUE AT A TIME, CONGRESS, PLEASE DON’T ADD TO THE LEGISLATION

downloadIn lieu of my perspective publishers and their decisions being equal with mine, I am fully ready to disclose that An Autopsy on America, my latest creation is now complete! Now, as for my loyalist readers let everything that I write from now through and including entirely 2018 will be dedicated to you…why, one may ask?

I used to use this blog site, The Contemplative Thinker, as my primary daily, a weekly publishing medium. I look forward to working in that capacity again even though I have started my latest hope to be a best-seller.

But not a minute can go forth, with me at least saying something about the partisan leadership that I believe splinters our country. I come right out and say, that if Congress is desirous of gaining public opinion to their sides, rather than let your approval rating drop below 10% on the jobs that you are doing – rather than face a midterm election wondering where your partisan party is albeit; getting anything done being up against the other party that with the strong president that leads them, I suggest that you make the calls necessary to get your people in touch with his or her people and start talking.

This may be too difficult for anyone in D.C. to understand, but where former President Barack H. Obama left operations and plans when he left office is ugly and dangerous. Let’s look at his last actions as the POTUS: DACA, recall if you will the unconstitutional executive order he signed and had his minions carry out.

A word about DACA. DACA is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.

Is there anything else we can do for you? Hogwash! The lingering problem in Congress, (both Houses) is the notion of doing the precise opposite of what the opposition party is asking for.

Suggestion: Leave it (DACA) as the only thing you are dedicated too. I will talk with my friends, colleagues, and associates here. The last thing any American wants to see happen is that some other functions of the legislative branch start flapping their jowls about putting DREAM-Act legislation with it. Or any one of the chain migration shenanigans for Auntie, Uncle, Granny, and or Gramps wanting to reunite the family. Quite openly, why muddy the waters? Those people are not DACA so why even endeavor to add appropriation bills to the primary legislation?

Moral of the story, regardless of your position on this matter, you should be doing nothing less than contacting members of the other side. At least, this gives the impression that you are trying to be workable.

Eighty-four consecutive weeks of new All Record Highs for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, people back to work is best in over 35 years, and why not do something for an American? A tax break here a better a better America there. And Wo-Who the list is getting endless!

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Just a couple of quick reads…

Just a couple of quick reads…

th1(2)My first point is for those we call the “Hollyweird crowd.” You know, these people who probably would still vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. Ever since this entire slaughter started with Harvey Weinstein. I don’t know if you’ve noticed it but as for the social media the actors and actresses are coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches, quickly alerting the people through — not the mainstream media — but, as I stated through social media.

Just today I was reading Leo DiCaprio’s musings about how we all should be ashamed and then again now Mr. Ryan Gosling over at Twitter has put his phony, “and I’ve been working with that man and knowing…” confession for the masses.

Not that I have any problems with them coming forth; however, we all know what happens when stars or celebrities come forth with their ever-so-deep emotional feelings, guess it yet? Every person of every orientation will look to gain money and mossie right in. My own difficulty with this is this alleged “War on women” and how this one fat and ugly man is going to affect that issue. That’s all for now.

Now then, in my book, An Open Autopsy on America, I had a bit of a rhetorical argument with my editor with regards to current material. She was suggesting that any and all information relating to Hillary R. Clinton, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and especially former President Wm. Clinton be either removed or summarized at best. I proffered up the “what makes history and continues and so on…” which she vetoed and said, “cut-it-out.” And I started to, believe it or not…

Then in another conversation a couple days later, I stated that I did not think it was in the best interests of my soon to be published book that I leave those “Usual Suspects” out because I felt that there would be more to expose collusion and foul play. For those who are wondering, I cut bait with that publishing house and editor and ended up with a far more brilliant and noticeable one. Oh well.

2222222Prior to the chapter on Immigration Devastation, I decided that I should at least allow my audience to know where and how millions of immigrants came to our country. I wanted to focus on the 1.5 million Germans and well over 4 million Irish and at least 1.5 million Italians assisted during the War between the States (the Civil War).

As I have been writing daily on that project, it has become very obvious to me that what it states in the Constitution in Article 1 Section 8 that Congress is to establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization…and in Section 9 “The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit for the sake of taxation for the federal government…”

It has become very clear to me that the United States Congress just as in all things has done nothing with forming a rule of naturalization! It has only been an act in a response of anything egregious that may have happened considering the immigrant. Only as a result of such actions has the US Congress ever done anything to form a rule of law regarding immigration. The only way that Congress could possibly know how many, where from, number of family members, student visas, etc., is through the US Census Bureau or something in the voting rolls. I have learned an awful lot.

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Enough! TakeAKnee Movement

DMGizbEWkAASQBj“Hertha Berlin offered the world a vision of solidarity ahead of their Bundesliga game against Schalke by joining the #TakeAKnee movement currently sweeping through the sporting world in the United States.

“Hertha BSC stands for tolerance and responsibility. For a tolerant Berlin and an open-minded world, now and forevermore,” the club tweeted as players from the home side knelt in the centre circle of the Olympiastadion prior to kick-off.”

“Hertha BSC stands for tolerance & responsibility. For a tolerant Berlin & an open-minded world.”

The #TakeAKnee campaign started in the US last year when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during his country’s national anthem as a way of protesting against racism. With  the movement gaining huge momentum in the United States, Hertha Berlin have taken it to Europe with images of players and coaching staff kneeling and linking arms certain to raise further awareness around the issue of tolerance.

kaepernickIt should be noted and clearly stated that Kaepernick’s stunt has only hurt his further chances of playing in the NFL. One, he did not sign with the 49’ers organization which made him a free agent and the 31 other clubs could not justify paying a sub-par quarterback $14 million per season. Two, the tell-tell sign that the nation of fans is not behind Kaepernick’s stunt is evidenced in the leagues falling ratings.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem before games because he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

People do not want to see any man or person protesting in like fashion. Colin Kaepernick doesn’t seem to think it is wrong to protest when he was a college athlete, a Super Bowl starting quarterback, or at any other time in his polished up “privileged” life until he became the lack luster player he actually is.

I believe that Mr. Kaepernick is wrong for this reason. It is stated in the NFL’s Behavior and Standards for the Players that: All players on the field at the time of the playing of the nation’s National Anthem, that said players should stand up, face the flag, (optional) cover their hearts with their right palm of hand until the Anthem is ended.

For starters, Mr. Kaepernick has already broken a rule established by the NFL when their rulebook was hertha berlinwritten. It further infuriates me that any person does not have anything to say vis-a-vie showing pride in a nation that allows him to make 14 million dollars per season for what? I think Colin Kaepernick has failed the 49’ers organization with his poor play and therefore sitting the bench. All his accumulated numbers and statistics are down including those compared to his rookie season.

I can clearly see that having come off one of his best season’s ever with the loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl; subsequently, having a bad attitude that caught up to his performance whereby he deserved to be placed on the second team thus allowing his back-up quarterback to move in as the starter. It should be well pointed out that Kaepernick’s behavior and protesting for people of color even came into the picture.

If it turns out to be a consideration then it should be well noted that HERTHA BSC lost the game 0-2.

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This story, true or false is a pathetic waste of good gossip…

This story, true or false is a pathetic waste of good gossip…

hollyweird.jpgAnd still today when we thought that the mainstream media would finally begin to leave The Massacre at Las Vegas” just a small bit of rest, “No-no,” exudes William Blakely from Annapolis Maryland who tried to get Las Vegas out of the news, and to hopefully elicit some more credible news regarding the Hollywood film mogul, Harvey Weinstein.

With the greatest of respect to Mr. Wm. Blakely I think he is trying to make a mockery out of the entire project. For those who have lived in the Southland, or who are interested in films either monumentous box offices or simply superb films, know the name of Weinstein. The two men, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, are giants in Hollywood and/or any other film capital the world over.

HWeinsteinStill out in the clouds? Just have a look at their Imdb pages. Bob and Harvey Weinstein are brothers and came up through Hollywood from the days of old. However, what I want to write about is the validity of these various actions taken against Harvey Weinstein.

As written so many times on this site, Validity and Reliability offer so much to the problem-solving interaction. Just to keep one apprised, validity is the word we use when we try and find out how much legitimacy, soundness, strength, power, cogency, rationality, authenticity, and truth there is to anything. Reliability therefore is used when dependability, consistency, steadfastness, and trustworthiness are involved with supporting or disclaiming validity.

Put another way from an earlier source, Validity is used when one wants to find out “how valid is the issue”? Under normal circumstances for an issue to be valid then there must be supporting evidence or lots of information backing it up and is something that is found in the real world. Validity is the extent to which a concept, conclusion or measurement is well- founded and corresponds accurately to the real world. The validity of a measurement tool (for example, a test in education) is the degree to which the tool measures what it claims to measure; in this case, the validity is an equivalent to accuracy.

Reliability is a concept, conclusion or measurement that can stand up to the ability to be retested with the same results. Reliability when used in this writing means that the reliability of the issue is consistent and dependable.

Regarding Harvey Weinstein’s recent accusations of sexual harassment and coupled with what would be described as sexual assault, it is very important for each of us to look at both the validity and reliability of these various accusations and hopefully give some serious thought to what the mainstream media is doing to the culture and society in which we live.

From my knowledge of this story it appears that a journalist from the New York Times took ten months and interviewed thirteen women pursuant to Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. And I will not leave out today’s bandwagon effect brought forth by other women and Gloria Allred.

My interest in this story is how and when the legal system in this nation are going to start using their heads regarding sexual harassment. Lord knows, Bill Cosby Ed.D., I feel has taken enough. However, I am having a problem with what exactly is sexual harassment? It is seeming as though if a man looks at a woman for an extended period, this could be sexual harassment. Now, we have known that it is inappropriate for a man to mention some wording around a woman that also constitutes sexual harassment.

But what about the woman? Is she able to go around staring and/or saying whatever she feels? Examples are Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie Paltrowwho today added their names to the list of “he got sexual with me too.” No doubt, Mr. Harvey Weinstein has got more money than the bank. Yet, trying to get some of it for issues that happened thirty years ago if at all, should be made unheard of.

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Reid College students boycott classes and demand outreach programs

declarationofindependenceThe more I am reminded of people that will do anything to advance their careers, try and show how smart they are, or better still and there are a lot of these kind of people around.

You know the one’s I’m writing about – perhaps a couple of years at the local community college, maybe even a college graduate or two, and then come the dangerous liberal who, having heard something that intrigued them and yet without any further research, even a dictionary to find out the meaning of what they have decided to espouse, please understand that there are millions of these types of people walking around of all age denominations.

Some, believe it or not, are walking around at Cal Berkeley, Georgetown University, and as much as I hate to admit it, they are at University of Virginia (UVA) with the major lot of them are at New York institutions, Massachusetts universities, and Southern Californian establishments. I hold no grudges just civility. And I wish these people would have a look at what consequences their actions may have.

Reed College students were protesting racism on campus Monday, skipping classes as part of a day-long boycott. The students participating in this protest are a part of a group called Reedies Against Racism. They have a list of demands for the administration, including more outreach to marginalized communities and mandatory training about race sensitivity for faculty and staff.

About 100 students were at a rally Monday morning after earlier interrupting a capture33(3)humanities class. The class is one of the points of contention for the group. “It’s Western Humanities. It just teaches whiteness and inherently European texts and completely ignores the fact that there are other civilizations with intellectual foundations,” a student complained.

My turn – this is where the elitist students “think” they are a head of something. The problem as I see it is that Western Civilization however it is offered up is a must for a college educated person who wants to spend their lifetimes within that civilization being studied. Plain and simple. There is no doubt much that can be learned from coursework; however, making demands such as intervening into communities with school funds will almost guarantee that you won’t be attending next year. Reed College will use tuition funding collected right out of your parent’s hands.

Now then, Western Humanities should be discussing “whiteness” and using European texts why? It is an overview of the culture you’ve decided to experience while at school.

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Reviewing Presidential Success

Reviewing Presidential Success…

US-Constitution-Burning-300x150Yeah, a brand new book, one I have been waiting to read. This book is the absolute must for the Presidential historian’s out there and obviously a prepared work because the author does not hold back anything on anyone.

The new book I am reading is so far up on the business of this citizen journalist’s site and fortunately for me, it parallels my own potential best-seller to a larger degree than I would like it too. Nonetheless, when I see a section that even resembles something that I’ve written, those chills are really quite a feeling.

The book is titled, 9 Presidents who Screwed-up America, by Brion McClanahan and of course published by Regnery Publishing (same company who did Culture of  Corruption, by Michelle Malkin, and ¡Adios, America!, by Ann Coulter).  I would like to start from what he terms, The Right Presidential Yardstick.

How do Americans measure presidential success? By popularity? Effective communication? Success in achieving foreign or domestic policy goals? Energy and activity in the office? Leadership? The overall health of the country during and immediately after a president’s administration? Sure, this is a difficult question and one that Americans have pondered for decades.

The real story or a close one is when he mentions Arthur Schlesinger Sr.’s 1948 first Constitutional Conventionacademic poll to rank presidents for an issue of Time Magazine.  This poll found 6 presidents t be “great”: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. Schlesinger followed up in 1962 almost two decades later for 75 historians with the same poll including the same presidents. The only difference found Andrew Jackson dropped from the great category otherwise the list remained static, for the New York Times Magazine.

In these two polls Schlesinger found those who were listed as “great” and “above average” shared the same criteria; consequently, the data showed that those historians rating used leadership, vision, and success in achieving their desired foreign or domestic policy goals. Those presidents who had received “below average” and “poor” ratings tended to be those who had forgettable administrations, without achieving policy goals or those who blundered through the beginning of the Great Depression or the Civil War.

Now the rub. According to McClanahan, the problem with these academic polls was not the questions but the perception of the executive office, a perception that has been skewed by the success of the U.S. in the twentieth century; moreover, by the growth of the power of the executive branch as seen by the other branches and levels of government.

The author admits that the historians polled lacked an originalist perspective on the Constitution. Therefore, they ranked the presidents based on the outcome of their policies, not on how they upheld the oath they took when sworn into office, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Ranking a president on that basis would entail that the historian had a knowledge and understanding of the ratification process of the Constitution. You see in 1787 and 1788 most proponents of the Constitution argued that executive powers would be implemented after the Constitution was ratified. The truth was evident, they did not know. McClanahan believes that the greatest minds of the time of ratification including, John Dickinson, Roger Sherman, John Rutledge, Oliver Ellsworth and Edmund Randolph argued that the executive was not to have the power of the King of England.

51unh9cxqwl-_ac_us160_Furthermore, the papers of the day, the Federalist papers as well as the Anti-Federalist papers spoke of this very phenomenon. He further believes that most Americans today – including historians and academics – have a distorted view. We ask what the president should do in office, not what he is constitutionally permitted to do in office. The latter should be the measure of the man.

Potential executive abuse was the fear of a ratified Constitution. The founding generation considered an out of control executive to be the greatest bane of liberty. More tomorrow, k?

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