"The President wants me to argue that he is as powerful a monarch as Louis XIV, only four years at a time, and is not subject to the processes of any court in the land except the court of impeachment." - James D. St. Clair, arguing before the Supreme Court in 1974.
The court didn't agree
, returning an 8-0 decision and as a result, thirty years ago today Richard Nixon announced his resignation
. The next day at 11:35AM
it became official and Gerald Ford
, the first unelected Vice-President in history was sworn in under the provisions of the 25th Amendment
to the Constitution as the 38th President of the United States.
But what if Nixon had chosen to respond differently? What if he had vowed not to resign
? Article II
of the Constitution makes the President the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy. Could the Supreme Court really have forced Nixon to comply with their order? What if the President had viewed the Court's order as an attempted coup d'etat
posted by snarfodox
on Aug 8, 2004 -
The Suicide’s Soliloquy
August 25, 1838, the Sangamo Journal, a Whig newspaper in Springfield, Illinois, carried an unsigned poem, thirty-six lines long. It stands out for two reasons: first, its subject is suicide; second, its author was most likely a twenty-nine-year-old politician and lawyer named Abraham Lincoln
. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin
relates how historians regard a broken off engagement to Mary Todd
as the trigger to his famous depression
, but it was his perceived failure as politician, she maintains, that fed Lincoln's "black dog".
(For his depression, Lincoln probably took "blue mass"
, a drug prescribed to treat "hypochondriasis," a vague term that included melancholia
). Lincoln's medical history file is here
posted by matteo
on Jun 7, 2004 -
Lies and the Lying Presidents Who Tell Them.
The Washington Monthly
publishes its "mendacity index" of the last four U.S. presidents, ranking their overall history (and severity) of lying. TWM's site also lets you rate them yourself, just in case ranking the 20 worst Americans got boring.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Aug 27, 2003 -
Data Archives from the American Presidency Project
Fascinating statistical data about a variety of subjects, and not just trivia either. Includes data, for example, about Congressional concurrence with the President, number of Presidential vetos, number of first-year requests, etc. Good information for acquiring an overall understanding of our current political situation.
posted by oissubke
on Nov 6, 2002 -
A few political links today.
Arthur, Tyler, and Polk were interesting men, but mediocre Presidents. Learn about them by spending a few minutes in the smallish Hall of Forgotten Presidents
William F. Maton's Solon Law Archive Mirror
is a neat resource, especially for those interesting in the Canadian constitution. Every major and minor constitutional act is up there.
The ZDNet UK Random Political Manifesto Generator
is a funny little script. 'Friends, Britain stands poised on the threshold of a new era. The future holds great promise but who will reap the benefits? Make sure you're not left out by voting for us.'
posted by tdecius
on Nov 1, 1999 -