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Old 08-09-2013, 06:29 AM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Originally Posted by markg91359 View Post
............Dallek made the comment that Harding's speeches were so bad that you search them endlessly for an idea or central theme and never find one. .............
Let's see for ourselves. Here are some excerpts from Harding speeches:
.....If it will lighten the spirit and add to the resolution with which we take up the task, let me repeat for our Nation, we shall give no people just cause to make war upon us; we hold no national prejudices; we entertain no spirit of revenge; we do not hate; we do not covet; we dream of no conquest, nor boast of armed prowess. If, despite this attitude, war is again forced upon us, I earnestly hope a way may be found which will unify our individual and collective strength and consecrate all America, materially and spiritually, body and soul, to national defense..........

.....There is something inherently wrong, something out of accord with the ideals of representative democracy, when one portion of our citizenship turns its activities to private gain amid defensive war while another is fighting, sacrificing, or dying for national preservation......

......Something more than tariff protection is required by American agriculture. To the farmer has come the earlier and the heavier burdens of readjustment. There is actual depression in our agricultural industry, while agricultural prosperity is absolutely essential to the general prosperity of the country....

Congress has sought very earnestly to provide relief. It has promptly given such temporary relief as has been possible, but the call is insistent for the permanent solution. It is inevitable that large crops lower the prices and short crops advance them. No legislation can cure that fundamental law. But there must be some economic solution for the excessive variation in returns for agricultural production.....

There are several of Harding's speeches on the internet. Anyone truly interested should read for himself and judge for himself. Dallek, an historian, can say anything he pleases. But that doesn't make it a fact. Reading Harding's speeches myself, I find quite a lot in them that we clamor for today, and quite a lot that refutes what is said in this forum.

50 years ago, when I graduated from high school, I would have agreed with a lot that is said around here. But in the ensuing decades I have not been still. I have read for myself and learned for myself. And I have discovered that a lot of what we know merely amounts to an opinion expressed by someone else and placed into print.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Harrier View Post
Should we exhume President Harding?
Why would we and why would any of this matter?
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Oleg Bach View Post
Firstly it shows you that a man with some black genetics was as intelligent and as capable of being a President - a man just as capable as any white man in the land...He did not have the sympathetic race card to play like Obama- He was elected on ability - and not on color...no one knew he was black. The reason to celebrate would be in the fact that this man got to the top on character and ability - not on emotional liberalism and some seeking of equality. Put it this way - IF Obama in his present physical form and with what he has in his brain - If he were white- He would still be back in Chicago being a second rate lawyer.
Although it's possible that pretty much any of us with a long, early history in frontier areas of this country could have African American ancestors, there's no more proof that Warren G. Harding has that background than I do or anyone else. Most historians do not believe Harding had black ancestry.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:46 PM
Location: Kansas City MO
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And here all this time I thought Bill Clinton was still alive!
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