Elephants graveyard, where old elephants go to die and is a rich source of ivory was a fable, like the fountain of youth or the legend about the Eldorado of gold. In today’s world, there is FOX News were old phony scandals go to live, not to die. This morning on FOX, there was talk of Solyndra after a pitch for the Keystone XL pipeline.
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” are the words of Teddy Roosevelt most often repeated by those who favor a strong US military. However, Teddy was the first American President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Wilson the second, Carter the third and Obama the fourth. Reagan never received it.
Teddy was a progressive Republican, and in 1912, he ran for president as a candidate of the Progressive Party. Roosevelt supported a living wage, and his hand-picked successor Taft, instituted the 8-hour day for Federal employees and added the income tax to the US Constitution. In the 1912 election, progressive ideas won support of an overwhelming majority of the electorate, but the voters preferred Wilson’s version over Roosevelt’s. Wilson supported small government to protect liberty, while Teddy supported big government to protect the rights of those we label the 99%.
Who was our largest president? Was it Grover Cleveland or was it William Howard Taft? Both men were large men, weighing 300 pounds or more. However, we will never know for sure because it was the custom then not to disclose personal matters of presidential health. Presidential illnesses were kept secret due to fears about upsetting the stock market with rumors about the president’s health.
Nothing is certain in politics, but it does seem unlikely that Chris Christie will ever join the heavyweight presidents club.