Friday, September 10, 2010

Walter Q. Gresham for President

Bill Kauffman (who else?) introduces us to Walter Q. Gresham, "Grover Cleveland’s magnificent Secretary of State, and quite possibly the most anti-imperialist diplomat in the history of the republic," who "left us this warning: if Americans did not 'stay at home and attend to their own business,' then 'they would go to hell as fast as possible'" — Slogan’s Heroes.

("Upstate New York has the most underrated Democratic tradition in American politics," Mr. Kauffman parenthetically observes of the region we share. "George Clinton–no, not the funky Parliamentarian–Martin Van Buren, Silas Wright, Horatio Seymour, Grover Cleveland: if America had listened to us in the 19th century we’d not be in this fix.")

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Blogger Casey Khan said...

Perhaps a reconsideration of the nickname the "Empire State" is in order. Maybe NYC is the "Empire State" and Upstate the Knickerbocker State.

9:30 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The Knickerbocker State. I like it.

10:21 PM  

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