Next in a series taking a look at our mostly forgotten Presidents, so we can compare what we had with what we have now.
Here, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President.
The second of eight children, he was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, and great grandson of Benjamin Harrison V, governor of Virginia and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
He was the eighth Benjamin Harrison in his family.
His early schooling took place in a one room schoolhouse.
During the Civil War, Harrison rose to the rank of Brigadier General, and participated in Sherman's march to the sea.
Harrison was elected to serve as Senator by the state of Indiana from 1881 to 1887.
Harrison was elected President in 1888 as a Republican. Although he received 90,000 fewer popular votes, he carried the electoral college 233 to 168.
Harrison was both preceded as President by Grover Cleveland, and followed as President by Cleveland.
While President, he was a champion of civil rights, and made the last serious effort at civil rights reform until the 1920's.
Harrison was the first President the have his voice recorded electronically, on a wax phonograph cylinder, in 1889.
He also had electricity installed for the first time in the White House by the Edison Electric Company.
More states were admitted to the union during his Presidency than any since President Washington. These six were Washington, North and South Dakota, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
After his Presidency, he married for the second time to a woman 25 years his junior, and then sired his third child, a daughter. Scandalized by this randy behavior, his two adult children boycotted the wedding.
In spite of spending more money than all of his Republican challengers combined, and without a foe in his own primary, he is not making progress in the polls.
Perhaps that is because everyone is reminded of his incompetence every time they fill up their car with gas, or pay their electric bill.
Or, they wonder who he is really working for when he conspires with the Russian President to "give him room" until the election. What the heck does he mean by that?
Maybe the voters are annoyed when he raises racial tensions by sympathizing with the worst of the bawling race baiters, rather than seeking to calm the waters and encourage everyone to let the police do their job.
Could it be that the people are ticked that while they are forced to scrimp and save due to the bad economy, his family goes on expensive vacation after vacation, and his daughters are safely tucked away in an exclusive and very pricy private school?
It might be annoying to the taxpayers when the money they earn and entrust to the government is wasted on foolish investments like Solyndra and the Fisker electric car.
The average citizen might be offended that there has been no budget at all from Congress, with no leadership of any kind from the President against this unprecedented abdication of responsibility.
Over and over again, the people see an arrogance and contempt toward their rights, their money, and their wishes, and they are growing more and more angry about it. It could be that no amount of money spent to promote his candidacy can overcome the stark reality of the chaos and poverty he and his party have created over the last three years. Imagine the damage that would occur if he was given six more?
Witness Frederica Wilson, Democrat congressperson from Florida, demonstrate her sense of sartorial splendor. As in clown, circus barker, rhinestone cowboy, escapee from the asylum. The people in her district must be so proud.
How does a much higher electricity bill look to you? Is that more relevant to your life than the sad fate of some wanna be gang banger in Florida?
Obama and the Democrat are a literal menace to the average citizen, and must be removed from office in November, and the EPA must be either eliminated or replaced with some more realistic organization.
I guess he is making good on his promise to destroy the energy sector of our economy, as seen here. How this guy got elected in the first place is a mystery to me when he was clearly on the record with this prediction.
That is because such a thing cannot be allowed to be known by those who think that they control the message. Kind of like that proverbial tree falling in the forest. Did you hear it?
However, there is now an alternative source of news, and things like this are being reported by everyday people like you and me. I wonder how long the MSM has left before they go the way of the buggy whip makers?
The main stream media has done much worse in this case than simply bungle the story. They have encouraged and fostered a false narrative with the explicit knowledge that violence and vigilantism has a high probability of happening.
I mean, MSNBC sending race baiter Al Sharpton to report the story? Really, they did this only because they know he will appeal to racism and anger to make the situation worse, like throwing gas on a fire. This is more than malpractice, it is evil. The first person murdered by enraged blacks in revenge has been murdered just as much by the MSM, by Al Sharpton and his ilk, as by the actual person who pulls the trigger.
I have seen a lot of bad things in my time, but this behavior by the media is right up there with the very worst.
Some illustrations of why some people, contrary to all notions of logic and intelligence, continue to vote for Democrats. But I guess it isn't illogical to vote for the party that promises you free stuff that someone else had to work for and create.