By Joseph Cummins
A heritage of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election techniques Today’s political pundits show surprise and unhappiness whilst applicants hotel to unfavorable campaigning. yet heritage finds that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. something for a Vote is an illustrated examine 200-plus years of soiled methods and undesirable habit in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. permit the name-calling commence! • 1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s garments: “He is laced up in corsets!” • 1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing greater than a well-meaning baboon!” • 1960: Former president Harry Truman advises electorate that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you must visit hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from each presidential election in usa history, Anything for a Vote is a precious reminder that background does repeat itself, that classes might be realized from the prior (though and so they aren’t), and that our most renowned presidents usually are not above reproach whilst it comes to the dirtiest online game of all—political campaigning.
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This was accurate, but beside the point. THE WINNER: JAMES MONROE A snap: 183 votes for Monroe, 34 for Rufus King. The “Era of Good Feelings” was about to begin. JAMES MONROE VS. HIMSELF In the inaugural address delivered by James Monroe in March 1817, he remarked how gratifying it was “to witness the increased harmony of opinion which pervades our Union. ” Spoken like a true Founding Father—they never did like those pesky political parties. There’s nothing like a successful war, economic prosperity, and a lack of Federalists to make a Republican circa 1820 feel good.
People who shared Hamilton’s views came to be called Federalists. Secretary of State Jefferson, although a landed aristocrat by birth, believed in the power of the people—the people preferably being farmers in an idealized agrarian society. He thought that Hamilton’s form of government meant too much power vested in too few hands. Those who agreed with Jefferson’s point of view called themselves Republicans. THE CAMPAIGN With his first term nearing completion, Washington wanted nothing more than to return to Mount Vernon to spend his remaining years in bucolic retreat with his wife, Martha.
S. Presidential Campaigns, I can happily answer that question with a resounding No. Presidential elections haven’t gotten worse—they’re just as dirty now as they’ve always been. Democracy has never been for the faint of heart. Every dirty election in current times can easily be matched by one further back in history. What party stole a close presidential election from the Democrats in Florida? The Republicans in 1876, during the Hayes-Tilden face-off. Which presidential candidate kept company with a “smoking bimbo” and was rumored to have sired a love child?
Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins