The Purging Lutheran has learned over the decades that if your product is poor or unwanted, fall back on George Washington to bolster sales. Who would, except for the stinkiest commie, ever say ‘NO!’ to The Father of Our Country? Well, no one, except for the most foul smellin’ collectivist. This book centers around a potential Constitutional crisis involving the 16th Amendment. It allows the federal (United States) government to levy (collect) an income tax from all Americans. What? You mean someone might want to take away the federal government’s power to take your dollars bill? That’s hard to argue with …. except, except (except) for our nation being unable to finance our yuge debt of a gabillion dollars. The USA would collapse and the North Koreans would just waltz right in and take over the joint. Here’s exactly how they’d do it, too!
My Sweet Rib read about 100 pages before she gave up reading it. This is remarkable because she’ll read just about anything including instructions on how to build a gazebo. She’s just that kind of gal*. Goodbye book, say ‘howdy!’ to Goodwill Industries.
2 Kings 2:11-14
As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.
Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
But why stop at only one presidential nicknames? Howzabowt some more?
George Bush – Dubya
Jimmy Carter – The Peanut Farmer
Richard Nixon – Tricky Dick
Lyndon Johnson – Landslide Lyndon, sarcastic reference to the hotly disputed 87-vote win that took him to the Senate in 1949
Warren G. Harding – Wobbly Warren
John Adams – His Rotundity
James Monroe – The Last Cocked Hat because he was the last U.S. President to wear a tricorne hat according to the old-fashioned style of the 18th century
Andrew Jackson – Jack Ass Andrew Jackson’s critics disparaged him as a “Jack Ass” however Jackson embraced the animal, making it the unofficial symbol of the Democratic Party.
Martin Van Buren – Old Kinderhook (OK), a reference to his home town.
John Tyler – His Accidency, a nickname given by his opponents; the first president to be elevated to the presidency by the death of his predecessor, William Henry Harrison.
Franklin Pierce – Handsome Frank
Grover Cleveland – Uncle Jumbo
Benjamin Harrison – The Human Iceberg, although he could warmly engage a crowd with his speeches, he was cold and detached when speaking with people on an individual basis