Presidential

Johnson’s Great Society

Johnson’s Great Society

History, Issues, Presidential
When we think of the Sixties, we usually think of 1968 - a year of complete transformation of America in and its social sphere. Yet, many looking back, find the legislature passed by Lyndon B. Johnson has brought much unrest to our 'now.' The sweeping welfare reform introduced and passed into law has caused many problems over the years. Some ascertain it was an answer after the shock of JFK's assassination. In fact, Johnson's passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 was originally legislation Kennedy was working on before he was struck down in Texas. The point of the CRA was to outlaw Jim Crow throughout America; eradicating segregation. While Johnson did sign the bill, it wasn't until Richard Nixon when the actual laws were enacted via the Supreme Court. For starters, it was the ...
Reagan Showed Grace Under Fire

Reagan Showed Grace Under Fire

History, Inspiring Moments, Presidential
Back in 1976, Ronald Reagan had gone through a very heated primary with President Gerald Ford. Instead of doing what Ted Cruz (R-TX) did last night by failing to put his country before his personal slights, then candidate Reagan supported his party without a glimmer of doubt. As you will see in his speech at the 1976 RNC Convention, Reagan showed the country and the world, he was a better person than all the scuffle. He demonstrated to us why he was worthy of his landslide just a mere four years later after one term of Democrat President, Jimmy Carter. It's a shame when politicians let their emotions get the better of them. Grudges have no place in our arenas when so much is at stake! It's also sad to see Cruz supporters still beating their tired drums, when it's over. Some have cla...
Independence?

Independence?

History, Inspiring Moments, Issues, Presidential
By Thornton Crowe As published on Salisbury News On Independence Day weekend, I thought about what this holiday's remembrance is really all about and why it's meaning now is more pertinent than ever before in most our lives. For those who embrace this election's importance, this is a somber holiday - not just an excuse for a three-day weekend. Our founding fathers had great ideas. They were educated men consisting of landowners, lawyers, inventors, philosophers and business owners, who carefully thought out the way to govern the new nation. They had a combined focus and goal to eradicated themselves from the Crown and launch a most extraordinary experiment. The United States of America. The two main ideas became apparent in their planning. A) To guarantee inalienable rights ...
Rest In Peace, First Lady, Nancy Reagan

Rest In Peace, First Lady, Nancy Reagan

History, Presidential
By Thornton Crowe When I was in my mid-teens, the Reagans came to DC with all the pomp and circumstance. Ronald Reagan won triumphantly over one-term president Jimmy Carter, and the sights were set for him to restore the Republican party's reputation to Americans after Nixon's Watergate debauchery. As a youngster, I didn't think too much about politics in those days. I was more concerned with MTV (a new cool video network), getting a Walkman for Christmas and having the latest Flock of Seagulls cassette. I didn't see what the 'adults' saw, but he seemed like a cool guy to me. As I grew older, I found it was a comfort having President Reagan around; like the horrible afternoon when the Challenger blew up and everyone was stunned as we watched what was left of those people fall from...
An Inconvenient History

An Inconvenient History

History, Issues, Presidential
Many historians have conclude, based on documentation, the Civil Rights Law was another ‘forced into glory’ situation (like Lincoln) because we could not demonize other countries for lack of equality when we did not act in accordance with our own rhetoric during the Cold War. Meaning, the signing of the Civil Rights Law was a political propagandic maneuver, not a moralistic need to bring equality. Even with Civil Rights becoming law, it was not until Nixon (a Republican) who enforced it through the Supreme Court. The result was busing and school integration as well as the end of overt Jim Crow in the South. Johnson never made any gestures after the signing to actually implement the legislation; it was merely a gratuitous action. Digging deeper into historic documentation, Democrats have
Life is Not Fair…

Life is Not Fair…

History, Issues, Presidential
By Thornton Crowe (first published on Salisbury News) One could argue for things like Welfare and Affirmative Action under the premise of leveling the playing field for underprivileged; however, do these mindsets really inspire people to succeed or does it hide the perpetuation of the continuum of inequality under a veil of feel-good verb? There can be no true equality in life or a country. Economists like Thomas Sowell disagree that legislative tampering like Affirmative Action and Welfare has done anything positive for minority communities. In fact, he rebukes both, stating it makes it harder for the economic challenged to get ahead and stifles their creativity in making their mark in society and assured self-preservation. Affirmative Action has become a quota-filling apparatus ba...
Setting the Record Straight…

Setting the Record Straight…

History, Issues, Presidential
By Thornton Crowe (First Published on Salisbury News) Over the years I am stunned at those little moments on TV where reporters go out and ask the ‘man on the street’ where a country is or who the first president of the US’s name; only to find that people have no idea about of people, events and history going on around them. It is striking to me more and more that Common Core is having a field day, dummying down our youth but a lot of the folks interviewed are adults – not kids. Benghazi was and will never be a guy named Ben Ghazi and Lincoln was not our first President. Interestingly, as we round to his birthday month, I have long been curious as to why the Black community herald’s Lincoln as one of their ‘heroes.’ The truth is, he was a separatist in every sense of the word. He ne