Skip to comments.WhiteHouse.Gov Buries President Grant In Untruths
Posted on 09/27/2010 1:08:10 PM PDT by Slyscribe
While this doesnt rate on a scale of White House problems, it is nonetheless remarkable how rudely and inaccurately WhiteHouse.gov treats the 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant.
Here is the assessment:
When he was elected, the American people hoped for an end to turmoil. Grant provided neither vigor nor reform. Looking to Congress for direction, he seemed bewildered.
(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.investors.com ...
Wow.. no matter what you think of the guy, this isn't the type of editorializing that one should find on a government historical site. "Vigor" & "Bewildered" are both statements of opinion that aren't measurable.
Wow, unreal is all I can say again.
Whitehouse.gov was launched during the Clinton Error. It was WAY politicized in its account of previous presidencies (the coverage of 12 years of “Reagan-Bush” served as a campaign ad for what Bill Clinton would bring in his second term undoing their “mess”).
When he was elected, the American people hoped for an end to turmoil. Obama provided neither vigor nor reform. Looking to Congress for direction, he seemed bewildered. One visitor to the White House noted a puzzled pathos, as of a man with a problem before him of which he does not understand the terms.
‘One visitor to the White House noted a puzzled pathos, as of a man with a problem before him of which he does not understand the terms.’
The propaganda tentacles are all over the place. Dubya didn’t do anything like this to his “loyal” opposition.
By the way, anyone notice that the home page, www.copyright.gov, of the US Copyright Office (branch of Library of Congress that officially registers copyright claims in the USA) has an eccentric logo in place of the old pen-in-a-circle, a logo that looks a lot like a crescent? Next to a picture of what presumably is a cupola of said Library but looks a bit like the top of a minaret?
Another reason for me to despise this current regime. My wife is a descendent of U.S. Grant.
I can agree with that, but the larger issue is that characterization of Grant is simply not accurate. Grant basically forced congress the pass the anti-Klan laws, and Grant smashed the Klan in the South so thoroughly, it did not reemerge again for another 40 years -- not so ironically under the 'Progressive" Wilson administration.
The White House website should have child blocks on it. It is abusive to subject children to anti-American propaganda like that.
Doris Kearns Goodwin at work?...........
I know I’M taken aback.
Grant was a million times the man Obozo is. At least, he had a resume. From Colonel to General of the Army in three years. And not because of a bunch of no account ass kissers. The guy won. In Sherman’s words, “Grant has all the tenacity of a Scottish Terrier.” And no one in history was more magnanimous than Grant in his victory over Lee at Appomattox. Compared to Grant, Obozo is a man only by a sort of courtesy.
Maybe it’s a coded cry for help from someone trapped in the dark bowels of the 0bama regime.
Sherman on Grant - “I knew Grant would make the fur fly when he started down through Virginia. Wherever he is the enemy will never find any trouble about getting up a fight. He has all the tenacity of a Scotch terrier.” And this from General Horace Porter - “His (Grant) methods were all stamped with tenacity of purpose, originality, and ingenuity. He depended for his success more upon the powers of invention than of adaptation . . . . He was calm amid excitement, patient under trials, sure in judgment, clear in foresight, never depressed by reverses or unduly elated by success (italics mine). . . . His singular self-reliance enabled him at critical junctures to decide instantly questions of vital moment without dangerous delay in seeking advice from others, and to assume the gravest responsibilities without asking any one to share them.” And this from General Sheridan’s Memoirs - “When his military history is analyzed after the lapse of years, it will show even more clearly than now that during these, as well as his previous campaigns, he was the steadfast center about and on which everything else turned.” The best book I’ve ever read on Grant is Campaigning With Grant by General Horace Porter. Porter’s opening paragraph describing when he first met Grant at Chattanooga is absolutely riveting. If you guys were to read just one more book in your entire lives you couldn’t do any better than reading it.
Compare this to that empty suit in the White House.
“Another reason for me to despise this current regime.”
He helped defeat the Confederacy and smashed the Klan- you’d think he of all people would be a hero! But you have to remember that Britain supported the Confederacy, and Kenya was British at the time/s;)
How about that...my wife is a descendant of U.S. Grant's physician...
No one is as good a president as who’s in there now or is as superior as Carter apparently. It’s just Grant’s turn under the bus. True or not, I’m surprised alcoholism wasn’t brought up.
Well, actually, no.
The British didn't start moving in on Kenya for another 20 years or so and didn't finish the process till right around 1900.
One of the unmentioned aspects of the horrible colonization of Africa (the root cause of all its problem, you know) is that in most areas it was very brief. In almost all of the continent it was much less than 100 years, and in much of it the colonizers were in control for little more than 50 years.
I recently ordered a copy of Grant’s Memoirs. A little known fact about Grant was that he actually had a pretty workable plan for the newly freed slaves. He wanted to give each able body 20 to 40 acres and a mule in the (now) Dominican Republic...but don’t jump to conclusions.
His logic was that as newly freed slaves with no experience except agrarian work, they would basically still be at the mercy of the landowners. However, if they had a ‘choice’ they would have a card to play when it came to negotiating terms/wages with landowners. Some would take the 40 acres but many would just use the bargaining power to get better treatment. Of course the plan never came to fruition and many southern blacks became sharecroppers living under Jim Crowe laws (barely a step above slavery).
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.