January 07, 2016

First U.S. presidential election (1789)

John RobsonResident Historian

In 1789, the first U.S. presidential election ended, as expected, with a landslide for George Washington.

But the hope of founders (including Washington) that politics would remain non-partisan was quickly frustrated… and rightly so.

Voters need clear philosophical alternatives with reasonably coherent programs regardless of the sterling character of candidates, or spectacular lack of it.

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commented 2016-01-10 19:57:19 -0500
Hey John. I Just had a funny thought. I think you are the Dr. Julius Sumner Miller of Rebel Media.
Guess that makes Brian the Wolfman and Ezra the Count… lol.
Just kidding. Thanks Rebel.
commented 2016-01-07 11:48:28 -0500
George Washington, born in the USA to Parents that came from Yorkshire UK. Eat your hearts out America, your first president was a Limey. lol.

That is better than what you have now, Obama is of uncertain origins but not American.

Just joking guys, I love and respect America.
commented 2016-01-07 11:34:12 -0500
Good monologue, John.

I was wondering, however, if you could do the same for Canadian political figures and events. When I went to school … further in the past than I care to admit … I was taught American history and politics. And even thought don’t remember a lot of it, I learned next to nothing about Canadian politics and events.