Pearl Harbor Day

Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor happened 71 years ago today.

When it was over, the death toll was 2,402 American soldiers and sailors and 57 civilians. It was a tactical victory for Japan, but it put America in World War II. And that would lead to the end of Nazi Germany and its Axis allies.

FDR: Don’t trust the GOP on fiscal matters

A few words to consider from Franklin Roosevelt about negotiating with Republicans, as we approach the “fiscal cliff”:

Republicans will drive us over the cliff, if we let them.

(Via Daily Kos)

Tea Party history 101: Bachmann begins

I finally figured out why Michelle Bachmann has her great grasp on history! She was probably one of the students in this class.

You don’t think so? What about this?

Where do I begin?

It wasn’t the Hoot-Smalley act. It was the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, named for Senator Reed Smoot from Utah and Representative Willis Hawley from Oregon. They weren’t Democrats, they were Republicans. The bill had overwhelming GOP support: It passed the Republican led House in by a margin of 264 to 147 (244 GOP congressmen voted in favor) in 1929 and made it through the Senate the next year in a 44-42 vote (39 Republicans in favor). The GOP was the majority party in both Houses in 1929 and 1930. You can’t blame the bill on Franklin Roosevelt because everyone knows Republicans hated him and did everything they could against everything he wanted. Republicans still hate FDR!

And — stop me before my head explodes — FDR WASN’T PRESIDENT when the law passed. Herbert Hoover, a Republican, was president in 1930. Franklin Roosevelt ran against the act in his 1932 presidential campaign. He didn’t become president until 1933! I’ve got to say this since I’m getting dragged into the historical swamp that is Bachmann land: FDR never met any of the founding fathers.

Let this sink in. This woman is seriously considering running for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! There are living, breathing people who actually think Palin and Bachmann would be a great ticket for the Republican Party in 2012.

Could she at least watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and get some of her historical references right?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?