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Thank You Millard Fillmore
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“For keeping our country safe.”
“Deeeyammm, Geo, you are irreverent.”
“I started to ask what a geodesic dome has to do with our country then remembered that, that was Buckminster Fuller. Nevermind, carry on.”
“Bucky for president!”
“Oh, and thank you, Herbert Hoover!”
“And good night Mrs. Kalabash..........”
“Geo..I can see your opposition to Fillmore...
-Admit California as a free state.
-Settle the Texas boundary and compensate the state for lost lands.
-Grant territorial status to New Mexico.
-Place federal officers at the disposal of slaveholders seeking escapees—the Fugitive Slave Act.
-Abolish the slave trade, but not slavery, in the District of Columbia.
Each measure obtained a majority, and, by September 20, President Fillmore had signed them into law. Webster wrote, "I can now sleep of nights." Whigs on both sides refused to accept the finality of Fillmore's law (which led to more party division, and a loss of numerous elections), which forced Northern Whigs to say "God Save us from Whig Vice Presidents."
Fillmore's greatest difficulty with the fugitive slave law was how to enforce it without seeming to show favor towards Southern Whigs. His solution was to appease both northern and southern Whigs by calling for the enforcement of the fugitive slave law in the North, and enforcing in the South a law forbidding involvement in Cuba (for the sole purpose of adding it as a slave state).
Another issue that presented itself during Fillmore's presidency was the arrival of Lajos Kossuth (exiled leader of a failed Hungarian revolution). Kossuth wanted the United States to abandon its non-intervention policies when it came to European affairs and recognize Hungary's independence. The problem came with the enormous support Kossuth received from German-American immigrants to the United States (who were essential in the re-election of both Whigs and Democrats). Fillmore refused to change American policy, and decided to remain neutral despite the political implications that neutrality would produce.
Fillmore appointed Brigham Young as the first governor of the Utah Territory in 1850. Utah now contains a city and county named after Millard Fillmore.
Another important legacy of Fillmore's administration was the sending of Commodore Matthew C. Perry to open Japan to Western trade, though Perry did not reach Japan until Franklin Pierce had replaced Fillmore as president. A less dramatic legacy is that Fillmore, a bookworm, found the White House devoid of books and initiated the White House library.
Just guessing its the opposed Slavery but didn't force the South's hand probably got you angry?”
“thank you india
thank you terror
thank you disillusionment
thank you frailty
thank you consequence
thank you thank you silence”
“Why don't you just assign an opinion to Geo?
That's what you do best.”
“WOW...you know what Marky Mark? Millard Fillmore did more in his term than Obama has done in his life....”
“Oh please do tell there murky mark....tell us of Obama's incredible successes...lets see, worked for a "community organization" group that has been charged time and again for fraud in voter registration.
UM...both he and his wife both worked for corporate law (translation...BIG BUCKS) but they tell young people to forgoe that route...LOL...”
“First time president
Always unknown quantity
Wait for results”
“Besides, as we all know, Fillmore did nothing! It's Congress that passes laws!”
“WOW...you know what Marky Mark? Millard Fillmore did more in his term than Obama has done in his life....
where the hell is that coming from? who was talking about obama?”
“This will drive the BDS peeps crazy.
Reel 'em in, noncom!
Y2 is the most silly of the libbies.
Y2 is as bad as someone else on this board at throwing hissy fits.
Has the Obamessiah been "tested" by America's foes yet?
(The above were posted to save Stovie the trouble).”
“Thank you, Dunadan, for the haiku.”
“Pretty much every survey of opinion ranking American presidents puts Fillmore near the bottom. My candidate for worst is Franklin Pierce.”
“ped....lets be honest, most "Americans" can name more finalists in American Idol or on Survivor than they can name Presidents. (hell most cannot name their elected representatives).
Lets not forget Fillmore was a "replacement" he never really had a plan since he was working off the previous plan. Kinda like Ford.....
You guys ever think about it...We did buy a used Ford from Nixon....?LOL
I still think the Greatest President was Washington. He could have been king but really just wanted to do his time and go home....How refreshing.”
“If you're the first one, you can't be refreshing Perhaps he was just "freshing".”
“Um Nimble it is refreshing to look at some of the "self serving" politicians of today who go up there for no other reason than to find a permenant home.”
“XL: I agree on Washington. Having read the papers over the last few few decades, it is truly impressive to have the popular leading general of a revolution wield state power for eight years and then walk away. He had the unanimous support of the electoral college each time, and it seems he had to be persuaded to run for re-election the first time.
His farewell address was marked by great foresight and vision. He and Lincolcn would be my top two, I don't know in what order. FDR would probably be my #3. I'm not comfortable with how long he held the office, but perhaps the continuing crises justified his desire to stay in charge.”
“And XL, Fillmore did have different plans right from the start.
I heard somewhere long ago that his advice to someone getting into politics was "never take a stand." Don't know if its true, but its a great story nonetheless.”
“It was nice of the Obamessiah to use a Bible that belonged to a Repub.”
“Ped...never take a stand...we talking Fillmore or the Republican Party (LOL)?”
“How many of you Republicans voted Obama in the Democrat primaries to spite Hillary?”
“You know looking at it in retrospect....I am worried McCain would have been a Fillmore...”
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