A Special Offer


Now that folks are removing portraits of Speakers of the House who wound up siding with the Confederacy and defacing or destroying monuments to Confederate soldiers and politicians, there’s a movement afoot to eliminate memorials honoring former presidents who were slave owners. It may be that some of the Gentle Readers are among those who agree with the idea of no longer celebrating such presidents and who are embarrassed by having portraits such as these in their possession.As a special service to those Readers, they may send me any such offending portraits of Andrew Jackson, and I will arrange for their safe handling. I am also willing to process similar portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Offending portraits may be sent to the snail mail address shown on the DMCA Contact page.

UPDATE—I can also handle processing portraits of any former Secretary of the Treasury who married into a slave-holding family, any former Postmaster General who owned slaves, or any former President who ended Reconstruction.

Jackson, the Bank of the United States, Trump, and the Deep State


There’s an interesting post over at Da Tech Guy Blog about the similarities between how Andrew Jackson handled his opponents and how Donald Trump deals with his.

I suspect the dirty little secret is folks in DC in general and the FBI and in justice in particular know about dozens if not hundreds of Manaforts and Cohens who have been operating in DC and NY for years doing the very same things that these two men have been convicted of or pleaded out to, however as they were in the service of folks like the Clintons or the Obamas or any of the establishment bigwigs in either party they have and will continue to be allowed to function secure in the knowledge that as long as they serve the right masters rather than the wrong one they will be allowed to thrive.

If they succeed in “getting Trump” then the deep state will be able to function without fear. After all VP Mike Pence’s association with President Trump was almost incidental. Prior to being picked as VP he not only functioned within the deep state but showed a willingness to back down when confronted by the left (remember the religious protection law in Indiana cave?)

However they have forgotten one important thing, that Trump is not a regular pol so the normal standards that might drive others out of office don’t apply …

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—Roger Kimball has some related thoughts over at American Greatness.

The crime at the center of this deep-state initiative is the election of Donald Trump. The tort? He was elected without the permission of the ruling class, its jesters and its scribes and moralists. Pete Wehner does not approve of Donald Trump. Bill Kristol thinks he is infra-dig. Psychiatrists are still trying to figure out what Mad Max Boot and Jabbering John Brennan think.

But this, Ladies and Gentlemen (and unlike the MTA and the London Tube, we still use the phrase “Ladies and Gentlemen” here), this is the crime: Donald Trump was elected. That’s it. That’s the crime. It’s not in the statute books, but a little thing like that never stopped a diligent bureaucrat, especially one armed with a phalanx of partisan prosecutors and an unlimited budget.

Read all of this one too.

Stacy McCain, Andrew Jackson, and David Brooks Walk Into a Bar …


… and Stacy winds up explaining how folks like David Brooks created the need for politicians like Donald Trump.

Why do I hate David Brooks so much? Because I am a populist, a Jacksonian who believes that the American people deserve a government that serves their interests, and not the interests of a decadent elite.

Read the whole thing.

Quotes of the Day


There iz no alternativ. Every possible reezon that could ever be offered for altering the spelling of wurds, stil exists in full force; and if a gradual reform should not be made in our language, it wil proov that we are less under the influence of reezon than our ancestors.

—Noah Webster

It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.

—Andrew Jackson

Mt. Rushmore Redux


Jazz Shaw poses an interesting question: What if the Mt. Rushmore monument hadn’t been built yet? Who would be on it now? Or could it even be built today?

Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln would surely be on the rock. Who would get the fourth space? Would Reagan replace Teddy Roosevelt? Some folks might want JFK or Barack Obama (first black President and an Nobel Peace Prize same as TR). Mr. Shaw suggests Dwight Eisenhower. I’d guess that there would be a big push for FDR, and I think a case could be made for Andrew Jackson.

Still, I’d bet that it probably wouldn’t be built. The thought of the environmental paperwork reminds me of this joke:

God comes to Noah and says, “There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that I’m going to destroy the world with a flood, but you and your family will be saved on the Ark you will build. The bad news is that you have to do the paperwork for the EPA.”