Monday, October 12, 2020

October 12 is the anniversary of Roger Taney's death

Chief Justice Roger Taney died October 12, 1864, creating a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court less than one month before the Presidential election of 1864, During the Vice-Presidential debate, Kamala Harris said: In 1864, one of the, I think, political heroes certainly of the president, I assume of you also, Mr. Vice President, is Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection, and it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln's party was in charge, not only of the White House, but the Senate. But Honest Abe said, 'It's not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States. And then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land.' And so Joe and I are very clear: the American people are voting right now, and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime. Abraham Lincoln never said any such thing. Harris' statement has been criticized in a number of places. --> Snopes says of the claim: Abraham Lincoln declined to make a Supreme Court nomination just before the 1864 election because he felt the "American people deserve to make the decision." FALSE One searches in vain for evidence of Lincoln’s having either expressed or acted upon this sentiment, however. Although Lincoln could have named a nominee prior to the 1864 election, he could not have filled the open Supreme Court seat prior to that event. When Taney died, Congress had been in recess since July 4, and would not reconvene until Dec. 5, so Lincoln had no opportunity to designate a successor and have that person confirmed by the Senate prior to the Nov. 8 presidential election. *******IPBiz notes It may be that sometimes that those with prosecutor mentalities create facts that justify their case, even, where, as here, the objective evidence completely refutes their contention. ******Separately, In the age of Covid, some unusual movies have been unearthed. IPBiz recently viewed "Abraham Lincoln v. Zombies," previously unknown to this author. As the title suggested the movie was not meant to be a classic, but there were some bits of interest. The initial confrontation with the zombies takes place at Fort Pulaski, a place where a real, and somewhat significant, battle took place in 1862. Quite Likely, the real Abraham Lincoln was not there, although pre-Seven Days Robert E. Lee was. In the real world, Stonewall Jackson was killed accidentally by his own men at Chancellorsville. In this movie world, Stonewall was killed by Confederate Zombies. Lincoln and Jackson both perceive that the zombie threat is more significant than Union/Confederate disagreements. Text from Lincoln speeches turns into movie dialog. Lincoln, on decapitating a zombie, says: A body divided against itself cannot stand. The movie Lincoln enlists the best U.S. scientist to find a cure for the zombie virus. Lincoln is infected, and creates an unusal scenario for his death.


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