The following is from Teddy Roosevelt who was looking for a third term as President against sitting President William Taft (R) and New JerseyGovernor Woodrow Wilson (D). Roosevelt was running as a Bull Moose candidate in 1912.
Here is the transcript:
“The difference between Mr. Wilson and myself is fundamental. The other day in a speech at Sioux Falls, Mr. Wilson stated his position when he said that the history of government, the history of liberty, was the history of the limitation of governmental power. This is true as an academic statement of history in the past. It is not true as a statement affecting the present. It is true of the history of medieval Europe. It is not true of the history of 20th century America. In the days when all governmental power existed exclusively in the king or in the baronage and when the people had no shred of that power in their own hands, then it undoubtedly was true that the history of liberty was the history of the limitation of the governmental power of the outsider to possess that power. But today the people have, actually or potentially, the entire governmental power. It is theirs to use and to exercise if they choose to use and to exercise it. It offers the only adequate instrument with which they can work for the betterment, for the uplifting of the masses of our people. The liberty of which Mr. Wilson speaks today means merely the liberty of some great trust magnate to do that which he is not entitled to do. It means merely the liberty of some factory owner to work haggard women over hours for underpay and himself to pocket the proceeds. It means the liberty of the factory owner to crowd his operatives into some crazy death trap on the top floor where, if fire starts, the slaughter is immense. It means the liberty of the big factory owner who is conscienceless and unscrupulous to work his men and women under conditions which eat into their lives like a maggot. It means the liberty of even less conscientious factory owners to make their money out of the toil, the labor of little children. Men of this stamp are the men whose liberty would be preserved by Mr. Wilson. Men of this stamp are the men whose liberty would be preserved by the limitation of governmental power. We propose on the contrary to extend governmental power in order to secure the liberty of the wage worker, of the men and women who toil in industry, to save the liberty of the oppressed from the oppressor. Mr. Wilson stands for the liberty of the oppressor to oppress. We stand for the limitation of his liberty thus to oppress those who are weaker than himself. ”
What is your take on Roosevelt’s speech? What is your definition of liberty?
Here is an ad from 1960. Senator John F. Kennedy was running for President against Vice President Richard M. Nixon. In this ad, the Kennedy team decided to use President Dwight Eisenhower’s own words against Nixon. This is a classic “Them on Them” type of ad. Do you think a “Them on Them” ad is an effective ad to use in a campaign?
The following is an ad from the Ross Perot (I) campaign for President in 1992. Perot finished third to then-Governor Bill Clinton (D) and the incumbent President, George HW Bush (R). What are the highlights or lowlights of this ad? Critique it.
The President of the United States is limited to two four-year terms according to the 22nd Amendment. After two terms, that President can no longer run again. There are no term limits for members of Congress. You can stay in office for as long as you are re-elected to that seat. (Yes, I know. Members of Congress can also resign, die, or be expelled from the House and Senate.)
In honor of Presidents Day, I am listing the Top 10 Presidents, according to a 2010 Siena poll of 238 Presidential scholars.
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt
2. Theodore Roosevelt
3. Abraham Lincoln
4. George Washington
5. Thomas Jefferson
6. James Madison
7. James Monroe
8. Woodrow Wilson
9. Harry S. Truman
10. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Let’s say for an argument that you had to pick the best President from the above list. Who would it be and why?
In recent news, Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he has not ruled out a run for the Presidency in 2016. His last attempt was in 2004 when he lost to President George W. Bush. If he were to run, his greatest challenge would be the person he placed as Secretary, Hillary Clinton. There have only been six Secrataries of State who have gone on to become President. They are:
Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe John Quincy Adams Martin Van Buren James Buchanan
That’s right. The last one was Buchanan, who served as President from 1857 to 1861.
This is a button from the John Anderson for President campaign in 1980. Anderson was a Republican congressman from Illinois who lost to Ronald Reagan in the Republican primaries that year. He decided to run as an Independent or in some states a National Unity, candidate. Anderson polled very well in the Summer and early Fall of 1980, but as the campaign inched closer to November, Anderson faltered. His campaign finished third behind Reagan and President Jimmy Carter. Why is it difficult for Independent candidates to win the Presidency? (None have.)