November 7th Election Day

Today is Election Day. It always falls on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Unless it is raining in Idaho and the potatoes aren’t growing in which case we change the day to the last Thursday in any month with a R in it’s first three letters and when the lights turn green in Boston.

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Leave it to a politician to make election day as complicated as we can make it. And why November? The declaration was issued in July! Of course Thanksgiving comes in November and we can be thankful the elections are over by the time the holiday comes about! But then, Thanksgiving wasn’t official until Abraham made it a national holiday in the 1860’s.

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And the Republican party use to be the party of change and the democrats were the war hawks. After all, the Democratic party was started by Andrew Jackson and he was a solider, slave owner and generally not considered a very giving guy. Boy, has the world changed.

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My personal opinion is that we should get rid of all political parties because those that serve us now really are nothing but parties and we all know, nothing ever gets done when people party. Well, we elect Presidents every 4 years, Senators every six years and Congress every two years. Nobody seems to remember why.  As a citizen, it is our duty to vote and once the election is done, our duty to support whoever is elected whether we like them or not.

How to celebrate – Find something to vote for today! Remember our system isn’t perfect but name a better one? If your candidate does not win don’t pout and cry, it doesn’t do any good.

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August 11th Presidential Joke Day

Wow, this conjures up so many images in the world today. The fact is, to be President of the United States these days you’ve got to have a sense of humor.

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August 11th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan said into a mike, he thought was off, that he had outlawed Russia and in five minutes the bombing of that country would begin. The problem was, the mike was hot and broadcast across America. It was a joke, get over it. Ever since then August 11th has been Presidential Joke Day.

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When you study our Presidents you will find many had great senses of humor. It’s our fault for not knowing how to take the joke!

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They say that Andrew Jackson was one of the funniest Presidents we have ever had. He fought wars, Congress, and the American people at nearly every turn… but at least he had a good sense of humor doing it!

How to celebrate – Try and find one world leader who is not a part of someone’s joke. Learn to appreciate a good joke! Study the Presidents and see who you think had the best sense of humor.

August 11th – National Presidential Joke Day

Of all years to appreciate Presidential Joke Day, this is the year! No matter who you support, you have to see the humor in this election. Below are a few Presidents being funny, or at least trying to be funny.

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“If I were two faced-would I be wearing this one? – Abraham Lincoln

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“It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure why take the chance?” – Ronald Reagan

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“Washington D.C. is twelve square miles bordered by reality.” – Andrew Johnson

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“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry Truman

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“The truth will set you free but first it will make you miserable.” – James A Garfield

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“I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of a national emergency – even if I am in a Cabinet meeting.” – Ronald Reagan

Presidential Joke Day started on August 11th, 1984 when Ronald Reagan was doing a sound check for his usual Saturday evening radio address. Testing the microphone he said, “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” The announcement did not go out over the air but it was recorded and later played back. Needless to say, those in Congress did not find it funny but the rest of the world did, proving you do not need a sense of humor to be in government.

This year we the people, will need a sense of humor no matter who we get!

How to celebrate – There are more Presidential jokes and one liners, read them for yourself! Run for President (seems like everybody else is)! Have a party instead of voting a party, that will show them!

August 9th National Veep Day

The Vice-President of the Untied States is supposed to be the people’s second choice to the President, should the President fall while in office. More often than not these days they are put into that position to win over some battleground state or serve some cause that the actual President did not put high enough on their priority list. In theory, if the President cannot continue in his/her office the Vice-President should run the country exactly as his/her predecessor would have. But it never seems to work out that way.

Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 allows for the succession of the Vice-President to become President if for any reason the President can not continue in their office. In the United States this has happened 9 times. The first was during Benjamin Harrison’s presidency when he died of pneumonia in 1842. Vice-President John Tyler took office.

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Millard Fillmore took over for Zachary Tyler when he died from an illness in 1850.

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We all know about Abraham Lincoln. His Vice-President was Andrew Johnson when he was assassinated. Johnson had been brought in because of his southern heritage and Lincoln thought is would help to calm at least parts of the south. When Lincoln was killed he did his best to follow Lincoln’s wishes but the entire country thought he was soft on the south since he was from the south. He wasn’t, but the country did not know that.

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Chester Arthur took over for James Garfield when he was shot, lingered, and then died. It was 1881.

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Theodore Roosevelt took over for William McKinley in 1908 after his assassination.

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Calvin Coolidge became president when Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack in 1923.

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Harry S. Truman took over for Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only president elected to office for more than two terms (and the reason no other president can be elected for more than 2 terms) when he died in office.

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Lyndon B. Johnson was the unfortunate Vice-President to John F. Kennedy. That’s a hard act to follow

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And finally Gerald Ford took over for Richard Nixon, the only president to ever resign from office.

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Like them or not, they became President because they were one heart-beat away from the Oval Office. Think about that when you are electing the next president. It really can make a difference.

Just in passing, there have been sixteen times a President did not have a Vice-President, at least not for his entire time in office. In such a case, if the President should fall, and there is no Vice-President, the office falls to the Speaker of the House – Ever watch Eagle Eye! And if worse comes to worse, it falls to the Designated Survivor. Which is a new tv series coming out soon!

How to celebrate – Take the time to learn who the Vice-Presidents have been and what they stood for. Find out the duties of the Vice-President while in office. Find out why we can’t elect our own Vice-President. Why should we settle for who the President thinks is the best!?!