By Joseph Cummins
A background of Mud-Slinging, personality Assassination, And different Election concepts Today’s political pundits exhibit surprise and sadness while applicants hotel to damaging campaigning. yet background finds that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. whatever for a Vote is an illustrated examine 200-plus years of soiled methods and undesirable habit in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. permit the name-calling commence! • 1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s garments: “He is laced up in corsets!” • 1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing greater than a well-meaning baboon!” • 1960: Former president Harry Truman advises electorate that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you should visit hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from each presidential election in usa history, Anything for a Vote is a beneficial reminder that historical past does repeat itself, that classes should be realized from the previous (though and they aren’t), and that our most renowned presidents should not above reproach while it comes to the dirtiest video game of all—political campaigning.
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But Washington had presided over the Constitutional Convention, which met in Philadelphia in 1787 to create a coherent democratic governing system. His friends Alexander Hamilton and James Madison convinced him that America needed his presence—if only to make sure that the gains of the Revolution did not disappear in factional infighting between state’s rights advocates and those who favored a strong central government. Never mind that the general had some decidedly undemocratic ways about him, such as his habit of referring to himself in the third person like an eighteenth-century Julius Caesar, and his dislike of shaking hands (he preferred bowing).
During the past 220 years of Americans voting for their presidents, much has changed. In the beginning, the framers of the Constitution dictated that there would be no direct popular vote; instead, the president was chosen by electors appointed by state legislatures. Each elector could cast two votes for president: the top vote-getter became president, the runner-up vice president. This made it possible for a president to have a vice president from a different party, as happened in 1796 when Thomas Jefferson became John Adams’s White House partner.
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Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins