Crystal Collier (from yesterday's comments),
Roland, and I share the same distrust of any politician. Roland's studied history, and I have lived it!
Take the presidents ...
DID TEDDY ROOSEVELT ORDER A MASSACRE?
When old Teddy Roosevelt was sworn to office the Phillipine-American war had been raging for two years already,
Roosevelt had been in office for not even a fortnight when he heard the terrible news
that 50 US soldiers had been killed on the island of Samar.
This being the biggest single military loss since the battle of the little Bighorn 25 years prior,
Roosevelt sort of lost his calm and ordered General Jacob H. Smith to "sort this mess out once and for all"
thus leading to the massacre of thousands at the "Balangiga massacre" namely most being civilians.
Smith was quoted saying to his troops,
"I want no prisoners. I wish for you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn the more it will please me."
Smith was noted for being a brutal man having played his part in the Wounded Knee massacre, was this the reason Smith was chosen for the task?
It is noted that when the General was court martialed and found guilty of this massacre
Roosevelt reprimanded and retired Smith.
DID ANDY JACKSON INDULGE IN THE FIRST ETHNIC CLEANSING?
He expelled 100,000 Natives from their homelands.
As a soldier Jackson had already acted mercilessly towards the natives, killing and exiling large numbers of them,
and as US president he signed the "Indian Removal Act,"
which was effectively a death sentence for thousands more.
This law permitted the relocation of Native American tribes
such as the Cherokee,Seminole and Chickasaw peoples in order to create territories for white settlers.
The move was so rapid and so badly organized that an estimated 25% of those deported
died of hunger, hypothermia or exhaustion.
This terrible chapter in US history is known as the Trail of Tears.
DID HONEST GEORGE START A WORLD WAR?
The history of the USA begins with George Washington.
At the age of 22, when he was still a British Officer in the American colonies,
Washington was involved in an incident that is still debated by historians today.
In May 1754, the French sent a diplomat out to secure the territory,
but Washington ambushed the Frenchman, the French negotiator and up to 13 of his soldiers were killed.
This incident caused theFrench and Indian wars in North America, which culminated two years later into the Seven Years War (1756-1763),
A bloody conflict between the great European powers of the time.
Many historians consider this the first world war as it was the first to be fought in America, Europe and Asia.
WAS RONNIE REGAN A F.B.I. INFORMER?
From Hollywood actor to the most powerful man in the world.
In the years following WW2 he spied on his fellow actors in Hollywood for the FBI,
reportedly under the codename T-10.
Film actors were part of the Screen Actors Guild union
and in the mind of the former head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, every union was a secret society of communists.
In return, the FBI actively supported Reagan's political career right up until his presidency.
JOHNSON NAMED HIS JOHNSON "JUMBO"
Why the poor man envied Kennedy his affairs and commenced to have more.
Johnson would make passes at secretaries,
and it was known that any who accepted would be promoted to private secretary,
two words that in this context, children, should probably have air quotes around them anytime they are uttered.
By the time he was done, virtually all of his secretaries, plus his two mistresses, got the Johnson Treatment.
The man had issues and would whip out his "Johnson" (or Jumbo as he called it) in public.
During a Cabinet meeting, when asked why the U.S. went into Vietnam,
Johnson reportedly whipped it out and bellowed, “This is why!”
WAS OLD GROVER A DATE RAPIST?
Old Grover Cleveland – A presidential secret that most people don’t know about him is that
He was accused of being a rapist.
Maria Halpin, a store clerk, claimed he violently raped her after a night out.
She then had a child, the paternity test was never known, but he did pay child support ...
after placing the child in an orphanage and putting the store clerk in an insane asylum!
OLD HARDING WAS AN INSPIRATION TO JOHNSON
Twenty-ninth president Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) repeatedly made love to a young girl, Nan Britton, in a White House closet.
On one occasion, Secret Service agents had to stop his wife from beating down the closet door!
TO JEFFERSON ALL MEN WERE CREATED EQUAL ... UNLESS YOU WERE HIS SONS.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation
(why do I not have a foundation I ask you?!)
from DNA and historical evidence believe that, years after his wife’s death,
Thomas Jefferson was the father of the six children of his slave, Sally Hemings,
mentioned in Jefferson's records, including Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston Hemings.
Madison and Eston were released in Jefferson's 1826 will. Jefferson gave freedom to no other entire slave family.
PRESIDENT WOODY ALLEN, AH, I MEAN GROVER CLEVELAND
A longtime close friend of Oscar Folsom, Grover Cleveland, at age 27, met his future wife shortly after she was born.
He took a keen interest in the child, buying her a baby carriage and otherwise doting on her as she grew up.
When her father, Oscar Folsom, died in a carriage accident on July 23, 1875,
without having written a will, the court appointed Cleveland administrator of his estate.
This brought Cleveland into still more contact with Frances, then age 11.
Sometime while she was in college, Cleveland's feelings for her took a romantic turn.
He proposed by letter in August 1885, soon after her graduation.
They did not announce their engagement, however, until just five days before the wedding.
Well, children, I'd tell you more but I've gone and depressed myself and bored Midnight!