Go to ...

The Blue Route


RSS Feed

March 19, 2018


Douglass-Hayes and Ironies of Reconstruction

On this day in 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes appoints abolitionist, orator, statesman and escaped slave Frederick Douglass to the post of US Marshal for the District of Columbia. As such, Douglass became the first African American ever confirmed for any Presidential appointment by the US Senate. Though President Hayes knew Douglass, valued and respected

Lincoln Calling the Better Angels of our Nature

On this day in 1861, Abraham Lincoln is sworn in as 16th President of the still-adolescent United States. The plainly avuncular, litigating rail-splitter from Illinois was chosen as the first Republican candidate for POTUS ever in the 1860 election; he won on November 6 with 180 electoral votes. Between this time and his inauguration on

Random Presidential Facts: State of the Union

Tonight, Donald Trump will be giving the annual presidential message to Congress, better known as the State of the Union Address. With that as the background, this edition of RPF will cover little known facts regarding the State of the Union and the Presidents who delivered them. The familiar ceremonial entrance of the President into

Will Trump Pull A Saturday Night Massacre of His Own?

It was on Saturday, October 20, 1973, that then President Richard Nixon, rather than comply with a subpoena by Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox to turn over the Watergate tapes, ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire him. Richardson refused and promptly resigned. Nixon then directed Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Like Richardson, Ruckelshaus refused

Trump and the Division and Turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars

On this day in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of France, taking the Charlemagne replica from the hands of Pope Pius VII and placing it on wife Josephine’s head. He also took the titles King of Italy and Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine before reversals of fortune and war found him in

Back to the Future

On this day in 1980, TV overtakes reality as over 83 million Americans tune in to “Dallas” to finally find out who shot J.R. The November 21 episode solved the mystery, identifying Kristin Shepard, J.R.’s wife’s sister and his former mistress, as the culprit. CBS television debuted the first five-episode pilot season of “Dallas” in

The German Tirpitz “The Lonely Lady of the North”

On November 12th in 1944, a flight of 32 British Lancaster bombers equipped with “Tallboy” ordnance scored two direct hits on the infamous German battle wagon Tirpitz, sending her to the bottom. Like her sister ship Bismarck, the Tirpitz was armed with a main battery of eight 15-inch guns in four twin turrets. After a

Now What?

Now that Jeff Flake has channeled his inner FDR; now that Bob Corker has made it abundantly clear that the White House is basically a day-care center; now that John McCain and George Bush have each publicly rebuked this president and his policies, there’s only one question I have. Now what? Because here’s what it

Feudal America

This month’s Atlantic Magazine has a depressing little article about how the idea of America—the set of beliefs that animated people like Whitman, Emerson, and Thoreau—appears to be disappearing with each passing generation, leaving only a dry husk of nationalism, racism, and xenophobia in its place. According to the article, on a scale of 1-10,

Older Posts››
%d bloggers like this: