San Diego Soliloquies

Friday, June 27, 2003

Wasn't There a Test Involved ...

I always understood that part of the requirements of becoming a citizen of the United States was to prove some knowledge of U.S. history. If so, then John Derbyshire must have just squeaked through.

The great American president Warren Gamaliel Harding ? Even the White House biography points out that Harding ran a corrupt administration, not to mention raising trade tariffs at a time when the rest of the world's economy was prostrate. Harding (and the rest of the Republicans running things at the time) was dumb enough to think that we could isolate ourselves from the devastation, which only made our subsequent Depression worse.

I leave the more racist elements of Harding's laws as an exercise for the reader.


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