In this blog, I will present the record of several states regarding twenty important and/or controversial laws from the past. My goal is not only to see which of the former Confederate states clings most desperately to the past, but also to show my readers how wide the gulf is between Southern states and three Northern states: New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Month: March 2016
Bernie Sanders Fulfilling the Western Progressive Tradition
It’s not surprising that Bernie Sanders is doing well West of the Mississippi. The West has been traditionally very progressive. The majority of the voters for the Weaver’s Populist Party (People’s Party), Deb’s Socialist Party, La Follette Progressive Republicans and Roosevelt Progressive Republican’s came from the West.
Were the Victorians Really Smarter than Us?
In November 2013, the journal Intelligence published a study entitled, “Were the Victorians cleverer than us? The decline in general intelligence estimated from a meta-analysis of the slowing of simple reaction time.”
Litany for the Founding Fathers
The Founding Fathers are usually discussed by current politicians as some sort of monolithic unified voice, deprived of humanity, contradictions, guilt and 18th centuryness. For the most part, they were enlightened people for their time; yet, they were of their time.
The Terrible Tot of Lübeck as the Source for Archaic Child in the Werewhale
From what spring sprung Archaic Child? We must look back to North Germanic legend. The Terrible Tot of Lübeck, also known as the infant scholar, must be the source for the play’s sanest character.
How Can the Greatest NFL QB be Found?
Peyton Manning’s retirement has reopened the debate regarding who the greatest NFL QB might be.
Brief History of Contested Democratic Conventions
Since much is being said about a contested Republican convention in 2016, it is interesting to look back on history to see how this years convention could turn out.
Brief History of Contested Republican Conventions
I write this blog in light of the lasting discussion of a possible contested Republican convention in 2016 election. While historically common, a contested convention has not occurred 40 years.
Shakespeare is Shakespeare (revised)
In an effort to do my academic duty to save young minds from going astray, I present to you ten (plus 2 later additions) of the most obvious reasons that William Shakespeare is the author of the works of William Shakespeare.
Top 10 Most Popular 3rd Party Candidates Since 1912
The 1912 election is the high-watermark of 3rd party run. In this election, our traditional parties competed with two strong 3rd parties — the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party and the Socialist Party, both of which make the top 10 list.
7 Vice Presidents: The Great “What-If” Presidencies (revised)
Eight out of forty-seven vice presidents (or 17%) reached immortality as “accidental presidents” either through death or through resignation of the sitting president.
Unelectable Past Presidents (revised)
There has been some appearance-based superficiality to the presidential process since the days before television.