Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Not that I condone facism; or any ism for that matter. Isms, in my opinion, are not good. A person should not believe in an ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in ‘Beatles’, I just believe in me.” Good point there. After all, he was the Walrus.

What is an 'ISM?'

What are the differences between 'Capitalism' and 'Communism?'  

How did those differences fuel the Cold War?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Jimmy Carter

The 1976 presidential election pitted Gerald Ford against former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter. Carter appealed to voters as a Washington outsider untouched by scandal. He promised Americans, “I will never lie to you.”

Neither candidate generated much excitement. As Election Day neared, people talked of a “clothespin vote,” a phrase that implies “hold your nose and vote for one or the other.” Only 53 percent of eligible voters went to the polls—the lowest turnout since 1948. Carter won, but by a narrow margin.

Once in the White House, Carter maintained his outsider status. Rather than hiring experienced Washington insiders, he surrounded himself with staff from Georgia.Nor did he establish close relations with Congress. As a result, his efforts to enact such reforms as a national health insurance system went nowhere.

So what does President Carter think about our current political climate? 

In a far-ranging interview with Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, the 39th president expresses hope for the planned White House summit with Pyongyang and discussed the political repercussions of allegations by porn star Stormy Daniels.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Watergate was the 'mother of all scandals.'  So much so that today we often refer to new scandals both political and private as '______ gate:'  'Russia-gate.' 'Hillary-gate.'  'Deflate-gate.'  et al.

But what was the actual Watergate scandal and how does it compare to current scandals?

What was the eventual result of the Watrgate Scandal?  

Make a prediction reagarding the outcome of President Trump's 'Stormy-gate.'

Why do you think the President keeps a framed letter from President Nixon on his wall in the Oval Office?

Monday, May 7, 2018

Nixon's Rise and Fall

Some historians argue that Richard Nixon’s early experiences in politics had a significanteffect on the way he acted as president.

He faced a difficult road in his pursuit of the presidency, as well as numerous challengesonce elected president. As a result, somehistorians believe Nixon took any action toremain president, even if that action was unethical and against the law.

Whether seen as a skillful politician or a manipulative one, Nixon experienced both accomplishments and controversies aspresident.

Read the Chapter 53 intro and answer these questions.

What is a Presidential Approval Rating?

How did the 'Checkers Speech' affect Nixon's approval rating?

What is Donald Trump's approval rating?  How does it compare to Nixons?  

What scandals does President Trump face?  Predict how they will affect his approval.

What was the Watergate Scandal?  How did it change the way we view the President of the United States?