Adams, a Federalist, inherited “non-partisan” Washington’s exclusively Federalist Party cabinet. Adams, who was something of an independent moderate, saw Alexander Hamilton’s existing influence on his cabinet members as a major drag on his presidency. Hamilton demanded Adams to use him and his cronies as key advisers for their party’s policy just as Washington had, but Adams proved to be less malleable.
Ranking George Washington
I will be ranking all of the US presidents individually in my next series of blogs. I will conduct this chronologically.
Is Donald Trump the Worst President in US History?
I think it is fair to judge Donald Trump’s presidency now that Trump’s presidency has far exceeded the length of William Henry Harrison’s presidency, allowing some time for him to make an impact on our country.
Presidential Luck in Supreme Court Nominations
The following is quasi-scientific and quasi-arbitrary metric for judging historical presidential luck in Supreme Court nominations. I have created a system to attribute points or negative points to each justice nominated in US history. Just below, you will see my point system. Obviously, active and pending judges can still alter the cumulative points of the president who appointed them to the Supreme Court.
The Presidents that Did the Best for their Party in Congress
I’ve decided to write a blog about presidential administrations and their ability to help their party in both houses of Congress. In doing so, I looked at the numbers for each congressional session (a session lasts for two years).
How Marx Viewed America’s Civil War
The following blog is greatly adapted from “Karl Marx and the American Civil War” by Donny Schraffenberger. I found this article extremely interesting, but rather long for anyone not completely interested in Karl Marx. Therefore, I’m condensing the key points into a short blog.
Battleground States: A 21st Century Analysis
Here’s how the 2016 battleground states (I’ll use a loose interpretation of this) have voted since 2000. The numbers will be the % difference (rounding decimal up or down) between the Republicans and Democratic parties only. On virtual ties, I will put the winner’s name first.:
Every State’s Favorite Hometown Presidential Candidate
It is interesting that Obama, Ford and Eisenhower are the only presidents to be the most popular home-state presidents of two states. Other surprising facts include:
A Review of Books about the French Revolution and Napoleonic Eras
I estimate that I’ve read and owned about 35 books covering the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era since I began reading books from this period sometime around 2001. In this blog, I’ll list the eleven books of the original 35 that I have kept.
What if the Roman Empire Collapsed Early?
I decided to simulate a scenario using Europa Universalis 4 to see what the world could have looked like if the Roman Empire fell apart by 100 A.D. Check below to see map at the very end of this short blog.
Unranked 100 Most Influential People in Recorded History
I can finally present my Top 100 Most Influential People. Originally, my list was close to a thousand names. I find these 100 people (or groups of people) to have had a stronger worldwide influence on the living in 2016 than those who fell short for this list.
The Final Cut Towards the 100 Most Influential People List
The list of candidates for the remaining spots are now few enough that I can rank this small group of people and make cuts at the bottom of the list.