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.

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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.

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.:

The Tribal Tradition of the Republican Party

The purpose of this blog is to look at the Republican Party’s traditionally fragmented party, which Nick Silver has described as “tribal.” I think this is an accurate description. Below I detail the more tense elections, and by doing so, perhaps we can consider together if the 2016 Republican Party is any worse off than it has been before.

Pollster Presidential Ranking

In this presidential ranking poll, I presented to pollsters 10 major policy decisions by each US president. Pollsters then voted on whether or not they would have supported the policy under that president. Secondly, they were asked what their general view of the given presidency was, from a range of “Very Favorable” to “Very Unfavorable.”

Is Greed a Sign of Mental Illness?

What drives these individuals to want more money than they or their families can possibly use? If Morgan, Rockefeller, Gates, Soros, Koch, Buffet, Walton, Trump, Zuckerberg, etc. were accumulating any other object than money, then we would call them hoarders. “Robbed and fur’d gown hide all,” as King Lear says. Hoarding is a mental disorder.

Top 20 Most Powerful Politicians Who Were Never President

Below is a list of 20 influential Americans that were never elected president. I’ve made the decision by looking at American figures that were considered for the presidency. Some on this list opted against running for president.

Wisconsin: A Bipolar State

This is a brief blog about the bipolar nature of Wisconsin. It’s been a state that’s routinely elected very progressive and very conservative politicians. The primary on Tuesday looks to fulfill that, as Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are expected to win these states. Additionally, the senatorial race between Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold is a similar ideological match up. Many socialist politicians have been elected in Wisconsin.

Why is the South Routinely on the Wrong Side of History?

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.

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.