Slavery is the greatest American stain, a crime so horrible, a legacy so cruel, a shame so deep — an unforgivable act. Decades of bitter turmoil lead up to the American Civil War, Secession, the Emancipation Proclamation and Reconstruction. Abraham Lincoln, the greatest American president by every measure, is able to vindicate democracy and preserve the Union.
America frees herself from the tyranny of the British Crown, then ironically and hypocritically inflicts tyranny through slavery.
France had been a monarchy up until the French Revolution, when French citizens abolish slavery and replace thousands of confusing units of measure with the Metric System, which is based on Earth and Water. (The name Metric System had referred to the units for length and mass. What the CGPM had created in 1960 was much more comprehensive, and after some discussion, this new system was called the International System of units or SI after its French initials.)
England finally abolishes slavery four decades after France did so, but three decades before Americans finally get around to Abolition of Slavery in 1865 with the Thirteenth Amendment.
Black Lives Matter is a bold reaction to the lingering remnants of slave-owner mentality still alive and kicking in many parts of America well into the twenty-first century. African Americans are often targets of voter suppression and often receive lengthy jail sentences and unequal and unfair treatment in legal matters and are often forced to plead guilty to crimes they did not commit. Law enforcement officers routinely murder African Americans for no other reason than that they are African Americans; then are found innocent of any crime in the American court system.
The economic greatness of Early America is due in large part to cheap slave labor, so nostalgically waving a Confederate-style flag or pining for the days of yore, chanting, “Make America Great Again!” is tantamount to unashamed justification of slavery.
America will only be great when there is justice for all.
President 1 – United States President George Washington – Owns 317 Slaves
President 2 – United States President John Adams – Compassion
President 3 – United States President Thomas Jefferson – Owns 200 Slaves – Struggles to Reconcile Slavery-Freedom Conflict
President 4 – United States President James Madison – Owns over 100 Slaves – War of 1812 British Empire – Counts a Slave as 3/5 of a Person
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – War of 1812 British Empire 18 Jun 1812 CE James Madison
President 5 – United States President James Monroe – Owns 75 Slaves – Sends Freed Slaves Back to Africa – Monrovia Named Capital of Liberia Colonization
President 6 – United States President John Quincy Adams – Antislavery Movement – Defeats Popular Vote Winner
President 7 – United States President Andrew Jackson – Owns over 200 Slaves – Indian Removal Act of 1830
President 8 – United States President Martin Van Buren – Limiting Federal Power – Preeminence of State Rights
President 9 – United States President William Henry Harrison – Treaties with Native American Leaders – Harrison dies 31 days into his term
President 10 – United States President John Tyler – Owns 70 Slaves – Accidental President – Inept, Seriously Flawed
President 11 – United States President James K. Polk – Owns 25 Slaves – Texas Annexation – Mexican–American War – Manifest Destiny – Expansionism
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – Mexican–American War República Centralista de México 13 May 1846 CE James K. Polk
President 12 – United States President Zachary Taylor – Anomaly – Owns over 150 Slaves – Against Manifest Destiny – Wants to Ban Slavery Westward
President 13 – United States President Millard Fillmore – Last Whig – Fugitive Slave Act – Compromise of 1850
President 14 – United States President Franklin Pierce – Presidential Failure – Kansas–Nebraska Act – Pierce sees Slavery as a Question of Property Rather than Morality
President 15 – United States President James Buchanan – Weak Leadership Fails to Resolve Slavery Question and Leads to Civil War
President 16 – United States President Abraham Lincoln – Preservation of the Union – Vindication of Democracy – Emancipation Proclamation – Nation’s Greatest President by Every Measure
Mount Rushmore features 18-meter sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln (Presidents 1, 3, 26 and 16)
President 17 – United States President Andrew Johnson – Metric Act of 1866 – Indentured Servant at Age 10 – Impeachment – Reconstruction
President 18 – United States President Ulysses S. Grant – Native American Policy – Impeachment – Reconstruction – Fifteenth Amendment: Male Former Slaves Right to Vote
President 19 – United States President Rutherford B. Hayes – Strengthens Republican Party – Defeats Popular Vote Winner – Preserves Voting Rights for Blacks – 1883 Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act
President 20 – United States President James A. Garfield – Lacking Judgment – Murdered within months of inauguration, Garfield is remembered as a Martyr above all else
President 21 – United States President Chester A. Arthur – Struggles with Tariff Issue and Republican Party Protectionist Doctrines – Transitional Figure in Reunification after Bitter Turmoil of Civil War and Reconstruction
President 22 – United States President Grover Cleveland – Fiscal Conservatism – Wins Popular Vote three elections in a row – Lack of College Education – Racially Intolerant – Largely Unfamiliar with the Great Ideas of History
President 23 – United States President Benjamin Harrison – Active Foreign Policy – Defeats Popular Vote Winner – Six Western States join the Union – Strengthens and Modernizes the Navy
President 24 – United States President Grover Cleveland – Panic of 1893 – Severe National Depression – Strengthens Autonomy of Executive Branch – Sends Warships to Panama – Threatens Britain with War over Venezuelan Boundary Dispute
President 25 – United States President William McKinley – Gold Standard Act – Spanish–American War – Establishes Presidential Press Conference – Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines and Hawaii
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – Spanish–American War Restauración borbónica 25 Apr 1898 CE William McKinley
President 26 – United States President Theodore Roosevelt – First Modern President – Venezuela and Santo Domingo Intervention – Panama Canal Negotiation – Strengthens the Navy – Conservationist President creates National Forest Service – 150 National Forests – 51 Federal Bird Reserves – 4 National Game Preserves – 5 National Parks – 18 National Monuments – 1906 American Antiquities Act protects wildlife on over 930 thousand square kilometers of Public Land (an area larger than Texas plus Oklahoma)
President 27 – United States President William Howard Taft – Not Decisive – Undistinguished – Last President with Facial Hair
President 28 – United States President Woodrow Wilson – World War I – League of Nations – Sixteenth Amendment: Federal Income Tax – Federal Reserve System – Regulation of Business – Foreign Policy from Isolation to Internationalism
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War I Deutsches Reich 6 Apr 1917 CE Woodrow Wilson
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War I Ausztria-Magyarország 7 Dec 1917 CE Woodrow Wilson
President 29 – United States President Warren G. Harding – Lack of Vision – Worst President (until Trump) – Eighteenth Amendment: Prohibit Alcohol – Nineteenth Amendment: Women’s Right to Vote
President 30 – United States President Calvin Coolidge – Coolidge Tax Cuts contribute to uneven distribution of wealth and overproduction of goods causing the Great Depression
President 31 – United States President Herbert Hoover – The Great Depression – Inept Political Maneuvering – Unable to handle Congress, the Press and the Public
President 32 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt – New Deal – Executive Reorganization bill – World War II – United Nations – Fair Labor Standards Act – Social Security Act
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War II 大日本帝國 [Great Japanese Empire] 8 Dec 1941 CE Franklin D. Roosevelt
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War II Drittes Reich 11 Dec 1941 CE Franklin D. Roosevelt
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War II Regno d’Italia 11 Dec 1941 CE Franklin D. Roosevelt
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War II Царство България 5 Jun 1942 CE Franklin D. Roosevelt
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War II Magyar Királyság 5 Jun 1942 CE Franklin D. Roosevelt
Formal Congressional Declaration of War – World War II Regatul României 5 Jun 1942 CE Franklin D. Roosevelt
President 33 – United States President Harry S. Truman – NATO – Underwhelming Support for African-American Civil Rights
President 34 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower – Segregation – Division of Korea – More Underwhelming Support for African-American Civil Rights
President 35 – United States President John F. Kennedy – Vietnam War – Metric System becomes International System in 1960 – Racial Injustice remains rampant – Assassination
President 36 – United States President Lyndon B. Johnson – Vietnam War – Civil Rights Act of 1964 – “Great Society” domestic programs – Headstart, Medicare and Medicaid
President 37 – United States President Richard Nixon – Vietnam War – Nuclear Arms Control Agreements with the Soviet Union and Diplomatic Opening to China -Watergate cover-up and Resignation
President 38 – United States President Gerald Ford – Vietnam War Ends – Metric Conversion Act – Disastrous Tax Cuts – Energy Crisis – Rising Unemployment – Soaring Inflation
President 39 – United States President Jimmy Carter – Egypt-Israel Peace – Iran Hostage Crisis – Protection of Human Rights around the World
President 40 – United States President Ronald Reagan – Growth of National Debt – Federal Budget Deficit – Trade Deficit – Abolishes the Metrification Assessment Board – Dies of Alzheimer’s disease
President 41 – United States President George H. W. Bush – Lack of Vision – Large Budget Deficit – Breaks Promise not to raise taxes – Persian Gulf War – Iran-Contra Scandal
President 42 – United States President Bill Clinton – Balkan Intervention – Impeachment – Strongest Economy in recent memory – Eliminate Federal Deficit – NAFTA and GATT – Failure to create National Health Care System
President 43 – United States President George W. Bush – Defeats Popular Vote Winner – Invasion of Afghanistan – Patriot Act – Preemptive War on Iraq under false pretenses – Tax Cuts result in Large Federal Deficits – Stock Market Crash – Recession – Millions of jobs wiped out
President 44 – United States President Barack Obama – Obamacare – “Yes We Can” – Hope and Change – Marriage Equality
POS 45 – Illegitimate “President” Donald Trump. Sad. – Mendacity – Defeats Popular Vote Winner – Accused of Collusion with Russia
Five American states continue to incorporate Confederate elements into their official state flags:
Visit these Facebook groups to interact with others about taking down their official state slavery flags:
Slavery Flag Down Arkansas!
Slavery Flag Down Mississippi!
Slavery Flag Down Alabama!
Slavery Flag Down Georgia!
Slavery Flag Down Florida!
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