Lately, we have been victimized by racial taunts from the current resident, Donald Trump, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Trump has verbally taunted 4 ethnic congressional women members of Congress to go back to where they came from. Whatever in the hell that means. Donald Trump has promoted a sense of racial animosity in the nation that had been carpeted for decades. Oh, the racial animus was always there in this nation. The racist hate clouds simply had been hidden away waiting for the right circumstances, or right conditions to be unleashed again.
One of those congressional representatives has requested that the legislative branch of government begin impeach proceedings against Donald Trump. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who represents the 5th Congressional District in Minnesota, said that Donald Trump was the worst President to hold office in the entire history of the United States.
Although, I agree with the ineptitude of our current President. I also agree that he is currently feeding this atmosphere of racial hatred that seems to be elevating in almost region of this nation. There is simply no way in hell Donald Trump is the worst president in this nation's history.
I can understand Ilhan Omar's lack of knowledge regarding this nation's history. She wasn't born in this nation so maybe she doesn't have a true sense of the how terrible many of our former presidents were in regards to promoting racial animosity. This afternoon on my blog I would like to directly address Ilhan Omar regarding some of our past presidents whom I consider far worse than the current president.
You can start with President George Washington, the so-called Father of Our Nation. Well, George Washington owned slaves, many slaves, he considered his slaves property. He also was known to punish physically any of his slaves who didn't adhere to the conditions of slavery. As a matter of fact, read the book the Relentless Pursuit of Ona Judge By George and Martha Washington to get a clearer picture of President Washington's treatment of his property. Especially if one his and his wife's slaves happened to escape from bondage. On the flowchart of worst presidents, George moves ahead of Donald Trump.
You then move to Presidents 3-15 each of whom excluding 2 and 6, the Adam, father, and son owned slaves. These men considered blacks less than human, they were chattel, just like an ox, horse, hog, or any other farm animal. You should know the stories of each of these men, I recommend you read In The Shadow of Liberty which details the lives of Four Presidents and Five Black Lives. This will give you a clearer understanding of how these founding fathers felt about black not-yet-Americans.
Wasn't it during the Milliard Fillmore administration that Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was passed by the Congress and signed by President Fillmore? Which basically made every white citizen a law enforcement agent of the government able to locate blacks who escaped from slavery and have them returned to that oppressive condition? How about during Franklin Pierce's administration, did not the Dred Scott Decision from the Supreme Court rule blacks had no rights that a white person had to respect. You should read the book, Stamped From The Beginning. The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America to better quantify your statement regarding Donald Trump's status as the worst president in America's history. Right now excluding the Adams John and John Quincy, the current scorecard places Trump at position number 14 and we still have many more presidents to evaluate Congresswoman Omar.
Now let's go to the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, who didn't own any slaves. Yet spoke about the fact that blacks were intellectually inferior to whites, wanted to ship all blacks out of the country and make this nation lily-white. I do give Lincoln some credit for actually doing something about the issue of slavery. Yet, only when he was backed into the proverbial corner did he proceed with the Emancipation Proclamation. Even that historical document was flawed because he didn't free any slaves in the border states. Lincoln also provided an out for the rebel states, if they agreed to put down their arms and rejoin the Union by December 31, 1862, they would be able to keep their slaves. Now, we cannot note how history would've changed had Lincoln not been assassinated on April 14, 1865. So, I at least have to say I'd given a slight edge to Lincoln over Trump because he gave better speeches but he was as racist as Donald Trump no doubt. Representative Omar I'd suggest you read, The Problem Of Slavery In The Age Of Emancipation to get a clearer understanding of Lincoln.
Now, there is no doubt that Lincoln's successor was a far worse president than Donald Trump. Andrew Johnson was a pure racist. he stole the 40 acres and the mule from the recently freed slaves. He attempted almost successfully to put the former rebel confederates back in power. He actually was only one single vote away from impeachment in the Senate. Right now besides the huge slave-owning presidents, I would say Andrew Johnson was the absolute worse president in this nation's history because he stole the economic and educational opportunities from an entire race of black peoples coming out of slavery.
I addition read, David Blight's book Frederick Douglass Prophet of Freedom as he details the vicious racism that embodied Andrew Johnson.
This is Part 1 of my series, worse presidents than Donald Trump. My letter to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.