Tuesday, March 05, 2019

March 6 (A Triple)

1820 - The Missouri Compromise was signed by President James Monroe, providing for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Territory.

The illogical-logic of having the unwillingness to confront the problem, yet knowing slavery was terribly wrong...Such was the state of affairs in early-mid 19th Century America.

Democracy is a wonderful thing, but it isn't perfect. One of the inherent weaknesses of free democracies is the perpetual need to appease at least half the populace to remain in power. Which often leads to the continuation of bad policies at the expense of votes.

1857 - The Dred Scott Decision: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling that black slave Dred Scott could not sue for his freedom in a federal court because he was not a U.S. citizen.  The Court also didn't buy it that his white master died in a 'free' state.

Another hideous reality of American history, but not one which dents its greatness...This is something to keep in mind any time you think only good answers come out of the courts.

Many Union troops lost their lives in the quest to correct this wrong.


1961 – Executive Order 10925 established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was charged with the elimination of race, creed, color, and national origin as barriers to employment in the government as well as in firms employed on government contracts. The order used the term “affirmative action” to refer to measures designed to achieve non-discrimination.

A noble objective, pursued through an ignoble mechanism.

Racism should be ended through equality of condition and opportunity, not through 'Reverse-Racism' or artificial positioning of any race...It isn't good for the nation as a whole - and isn't even positive for those being propped up.

1836 - The Battle of the Alamo ended: Mexican forces captured the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, killing the last of 187 defenders who held out in the fortified mission for 13 days.

This was a battle won by Mexico, but a rallying cry for many Americans to go to war with Mexico...It took a few years, but the Texans got their revenge in the long-run.

1861 - The Confederate Congress called for 100,000 volunteers.

Within a few months they were put to use.

1944 - U.S. heavy bombers staged the first American raid on Berlin:  World War II.

We all know the saying: 'Payback is a bitch'...Well, the Krauts had a lot of payback coming their way, and the next year saw the raising of their cities.

1981 - Walter Cronkite said "And that's the way it is" for the final time, as he closed the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite."

And then he was followed by an even bigger Liberal turd: Dan Rather.

1990 - The Soviet Parliament approved a property law allowing private citizens the right to own the means of production and other business enterprises for the first time since the early 1920s.

The chains were falling...But their weight was such that they continue to shackle those who wore them.

Oh, and so does the mighty fist of the Russian overlords.

1991 - Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, President GHW Bush told a cheering joint session of Congress that "aggression is defeated. The war is over."

Papa Bush proclaimed “peace in our time,” but just like Neville Chamberlain he did nothing but pass the problem on to another leader...Unfortunately, Bush was succeeded by a man of much less testicular fortitude.

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