Thursday, February 10, 2005

Shotgun Martini

Oh jumping jeebus. Check out the White House presidential history page. They've taken to calling Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams "Republicans" because, you know, they were members of the Democratic-Republican party, so therefore they're Republicans.

I do need a drink.

Even the RNC is more honest than the White House:

The Republican Party was born in the early 1850's by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party. At the Jackson convention, the new party adopted a platform and nominated candidates for office in Michigan.

In 1856, the Republicans became a national party when John C. Fremont was nominated for President under the slogan: "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men, Fremont." Even though they were considered a "third party" because the Democrats and Whigs represented the two-party system at the time, Fremont received 33% of the vote. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to win the White House.

Is our children learning?

....Well, apparently I'm mostly wrong about this. It wasn't a Bush administration plot.

I still find the text inappropriate in this context, but nonetheless no conspiracy can be claimed...