Study Guide: Information for TV 1/20/2011


"a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father." <>

THOMAS PAINE ON JOHN ADAMS:  “It has been the political career of this man to begin with hypocrisy, proceed with arrogance, and finish with contempt.”

THE NEW ENGLAND COURANT on the election of Thomas Jefferson (probably around (1800)

“…Murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of distress, the soil soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes.  Where is the heart that can contemplate such a scene without shivering with horror?”




John Quincy Adams who, along with his father, the second President, has been bitterly attacked by Randolph, quoted Ovid against the Latter:

“His face is ashen, gaunt his whole body, His breath is green with gall; His tongue drips poison.”

Ovid (43 BC-AD 17/18), applied by John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) to John Randolph (a politician)


"…We did not conceive it possible that even Mr. Lincoln would produce a paper so slipshod, so loose-joined, so puerile, not alone in literary construction, but in its ideas, its sentiments, its grasp.  He has outdone himself.  He has literally come out of the end of his own horn.  By the side of it, mediocrity is superb."

This statement is from the Chicago Times on March 6, 1865 in response to Lincoln's second inaugural address [Source: Abraham Lincoln, a press portrait: By Herbert Mitgang]


H.L. Mencken on Warren Harding


MARCH 7, 1921

Page 42

“He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.

H. L Mencken (1880-1956), American journalist and critic, on Warren G. Harding (1865-1923), American president<>


  • Lyndon Johnson political ad against Barry Goldwater associating him with the KKK


Violence and Assasinations

  • FDR
  • Truman
  • Garfield
  • Lincoln
  • JFK

Historic examples of US violence

  • Black Tom 1916
  • Sherman Riot 1930
  • Days of Rage riots and Anti-Vietnam bombings 1960s-1970s



Assassin: Guiseppe Zangara

Assassination Attempt: Feb. 15, 1933 in Miami <>

  • Zangara, an Italian anarchist, had lived in New Jersey since 1924, and had only been in Miami for a couple of months. According to the FBI file, he said he wanted to kill kings and presidents of wealthy governments since he was 17. His intention was to go to Washington to kill Pres Hoover but changed his mind when he learned that Pres-elect Roosevelt was coming to Miami.
  • "I decide to kill him and make him suffer. I want to make it 50-50. Since my stomach hurt I want to make even with capitalists by kill the President. My stomach hurt long time."
  • Zangara told the FBI he had once planned to kill the King of Italy

Harry Truman

Assasins: Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola

Assassination Attempt: November 1, 1950

  • Two Puerto Rican nationalists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, attempted to assassinate President Truman on November 1, 1950. They arrived in Washington D.C. the day before from the Bronx in New York City, where they were active in the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. They thought the assassination would call attention to Puerto Rico and advance the cause of Puerto Rican independence.

James Garfield

Assasin: Charles Guiteau

Assassination Attempt: July 2, 1881, died in Sept. 1881

  • President James Garfield (1881) had only been in office for four months when he was shot, on in Washington, D.C
  • Despite defense claims that he was insane, Guiteau was convicted of Garfield's murder and he was executed in 1882. <>

  • In 1860, Charles Guiteau joined the Oneida Community in New York. Still unhappy, he then left the community on April 3, 1865, when he conceived of the notion that he had been chosen by God to spread Noyes' self-named "millennial communism" by founding a daily newspaper.
  • After Garfield's election, in 1881, Guiteau moved to Washington, D.C., in the hope of an appointment. He bombarded Secretary of State James G. Blaine with letters. Finally, after receiving either rebuff or no response at all, Guiteau again changed sides to the Stalwarts' cause.
  • In mid-May 1881, he conceived the idea to "remove" the president. On June 16, 1881, he delivered the first of several "explanations" for his action, an "Address to the American People.” He also wrote a letter to the White House and a similar one to be sent to General William T. Sherman, stating, "I have just shot the President...His death was a political necessity. I am a lawyer, theologian and politician. I am a Stalwart of the Stalwarts..."

Abe Lincoln

Assassin: John Wilkes Booth

Assassination: shot on April 14, 1865, died next day

“To Whom It May Concern” November 1864

(Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: The Writings of John Wilkes Booth)

  • “The very nomination of Abraham Lincoln, four years ago, spoke plainly – war, war upon Southern rights and institutions. His election proved it. ‘Await an overt act.’ Yes till you are bound and plundered. What folly, the South were wise. Who thinks of argument or patience when the finger of his enemy presses on the trigger…People of the north, to hate tyranny to love liberty and justice, to strike at wrong and oppression, was the teaching of our fathers. The study of our early history will not let me forget it, And may it never.”


Assassin: Lee Harvey Oswald

Assassination: Nov. 22, 1963

  • "He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights . . . . It's — it had to be some silly little Communist." — Jackie Kennedy, on hearing that a leftist had been arrested for her husband's murder. <>

  • Lee writes in his diary: "I was looking for a key to my environment, and then I discovered socialist literature. I had to dig for my books in the back dusty shelves of libraries."
  • 1958: Oswald starts learning Russian and begins openly espousing the virtues of Marxism to fellow Marines. He begins receiving left-wing newspapers and he becomes enamored with Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. He now views Cuba as the Marxist ideal and is highly critical of the U.S. administration's policies toward Castro.
  • 1963: Oswald poses for pictures in his backyard, dressed all in black, with the new pistol in his waist and carrying his new rifle. Oswald gives his friend one of the photos. On the back someone has written "Hunter of Fascists" in Russian, and Oswald has signed it. His signature is later verified beyond a doubt by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).
  • 1963: He writes to the leading pro-Castro group in the U.S., the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC), offering to start a New Orleans chapter. The committee discourages him, but he ignores them and begins printing his own pro-Castro leaflets and phony membership cards.


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  • For 30 years, Lady Liberty's 29-foot torch was accessible via service ladder. But early on the morning of July 30, 1916, as World War I raged in Europe, German agents attacked a waterfront munitions depot in nearby Jersey City, N.J., triggering a massive explosion that caused the equivalent of more than $2 million in damage to the statue. The torch never re-opened.<>

  • the resulting explosion was the equivalent of an earthquake measuring between 5.0 and 5.5 on the Richter Scale. Windows within a 25-mile radius were broken, the outside wall of Jersey City’s City Hall was cracked and pieces of metal damaged the skirt of the Statue of Liberty <>

  • Two million tons of war materials packed into train cars had blown up in the Black Tom railroad yard on what is now a part of Liberty State Park.
  • Thousands of windows shattered in lower Manhattan and Jersey City. Shrapnel pock-marked the Statue of Liberty. Three men and a baby were killed by the explosive energy that erupted from this act of sabotage.

1919 Anarchist bombings <>

  • In seven U.S. cities in June 1919, all within approximately 90 minutes of one another, bombs of extraordinary capacity rocked some of the biggest urban areas in America, including New York; Boston; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Patterson, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia. The bombings were a concerted effort among U.S. based anarchists who were most likely disciples of Luigi Galleani, a vehemently radical anarchist who advocated violence as a means to effect change, to rid the world of laws and capitalism.

The Sherman Riot, 1930 <>

  • A black man (George Hughes) admitted to raping a white woman and riots broke out. During Hughes’ trial, rioting broke out, there was looting of Texas town’s black business district, courthouse was burned down during the man’s trial. Hughes had perished in the fire, but the crazed crowd, now numbering over 5000, dragged his body behind a car, hanged it from a tree, and set it on fire. The mob then burned down black businesses and again prevented the fire department from putting out the flames. Martial law declared. The outbreak of violence was followed by two more lynchings in Texas, one in Oklahoma, and several lynching attempts

1960s Violence

  • 1969 Days of Rage riots in Chicago led by Weather Underground
  • Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, the Pentagon in 1972, armed robbery of a Brinks truck

Timothy McVeigh<>

Washington's Farewell Address 1796

2.      Thomas Jefferson & The Campaign and Election of 1800

3.      Attacks on Alexander Hamilton

“The Opposition Press of the Federalist Period”

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

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