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Trump, Clinton Are Bad Choices

By Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:27 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Have we ever had an election where both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates were flawed? And the voters had to choose between the lesser of two evils?

How about 1884?

The American people had to chose between a corrupt politician and a misogynist.

Both presidential candidates were seriously flawed.

When one of his law partner’s died, he assume guardianship over his daughter, a risky proposition that turned out as one might expect.

When the young lady became a teenager they fell in love and at age 21 she finally married him. He was 46.

Meanwhile, the corrupt politician ran a pay to play scheme that hampered his political career and made winning the presidential nomination of his party quite problematic.

In one transaction that later became public, future presidential candidate, Congressman Charles G. Blaine, received the equivalent of $1.5 million in today’s money. In return he helped a railroad obtain a federal grant.

Today’s critics may see this as a modest bribe when compared to the alleged accumulation of $1.5 billion taken in by the Clinton Foundation.

A great deal of the later was allegedly raised from foreign governments and foreign businessmen while Mrs. Clinton was serving as U.S. Secretary of State.

In his New York Times bestseller, "Clinton Cash,"  Peter Schweitzer carefully tracks the long list of transactions.

In the end, the Republicans nominated Charles G. Blaine anyway. And the Democrats nominated Grover Cleveland. In this case, Cleveland, the misogynist won.

Incidentally, Cleveland became the only president to be married in the White House while in office. He married his 21 year old ward, Frances Folsom.

Sensitive to the public outrage Cleveland did not kiss the bride at his wedding.

But the nation soon took to the couple and became enchanted with Frances who was the youngest first lady in American history.

Grover Cleveland is ranked by historians as a very good president and by some as a great one.

He lost the White House in 1888 but was returned to power again in 1892, making him both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, forever confusing history students on exactly how many men have served as president.

Doug Wead is a presidential historian who served as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including President George H.W. Bush, with whom he co-authored the book "Man of Integrity." Read more reports from Doug Wead — Click Here Now.


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