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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/20/2017 10:26 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/20/2017 10:26 AM
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James K. Polk Says..."May The Boldest Fear & Wisest Tremble"

"May the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family." President, James K. Polk 1845-1849

A bit more on President Polk from the James K. Polk home & museum.

"A Frontier Upbringing
The career of the eleventh U.S. President reflected and fulfilled the young nation’s commitment to westward expansion. The son of a North Carolina farmer and surveyor, James Knox Polk was ten years old when his family crossed the Appalachian Mountains. Growing up on the Tennessee frontier, he inherited his neighbors’ work ethic, resourcefulness, and democratic ideals.

Although young Polk was accustomed to the rigors of frontier life, he lacked physical stamina. Shortly before his seventeenth birthday, he needed surgery for stones in his urinary bladder. The successful operation, performed by noted Kentucky surgeon Ephraim McDowell, enabled Polk to pursue an education with renewed enthusiasm.

A Promising Career
After just two and a half years of formal schooling in Tennessee, Polk was admitted to the University of North Carolina as a sophomore. His college studies and his membership in a debating society helped nurture his growing interest in law and government. He graduated with top honors in mathematics and the classics, and returned to Tennessee determined to become a lawyer. To receive legal training, he worked in the office of renowned Nashville trial attorney Felix Grundy and served as clerk of the Tennessee Senate. Diligent and ambitious, Polk soon established a law practice in Columbia, Tennessee.

Encouraged by his early professional success, he turned to politics. At 27, he defeated an incumbent for a seat in the Tennessee Legislature. While serving as a state representative, he courted and eventually married Sarah Childress, the daughter of a prominent Murfreesboro merchant and planter. An educated woman whose intellect and social grace impressed contemporaries, Sarah became Polk’s personal and political confidante. Her active involvement in her husband’s campaigns helped ensure his victories.

Fervently supporting the policies of fellow Tennessee Democrat Andrew Jackson, Polk was elected to the U.S. Congress at 29. His Congressional career lasted 14 years and included two terms as Speaker of the House.

A Setback
While serving his constituents in Washington, Polk remained keenly interested in state politics. Concerned that the Whig Party was becoming increasingly popular in Tennessee, he returned home and successfully ran for the governorship. After one two-year term, he twice failed to be re-elected. Although rivals reasonably assumed that his political influence had peaked, Polk stayed active in Democratic politics and shrewdly sought opportunities to revive his career.

A Comeback
Despite Polk’s political frustrations in Tennessee in the 1840’s, nationally prominent Democrats had not forgotten his partisan dedication. Delegates to the 1844 Democratic Convention viewed him as a possible vice president. When the party’s leading Presidential contenders Martin Van Buren and Lewis Cass failed to attract sufficient support to win the nomination, the deadlocked convention needed a compromise candidate. The Democrats’ “dark horse” nominee was James K. Polk.

Challenging the well-known Whig candidate Henry Clay in the 1844 Presidential election, Polk promised to actively encourage America’s westward expansion. He favored Texas statehood and the acquisition of the Oregon Territory. Although critics expressed concern that aggressive expansionism might lead to a war with Great Britain or Mexico and might destroy the tenuous balance between free states and slave states, a majority of Americans accepted Polk’s vision of a continental nation.

Promises Fulfilled
With political forcefulness and savvy, President Polk tirelessly pursued his ambitious goals. Texas joined the country as the 28th state during his first year in office. Tense negotiations with Great Britain concluded with American annexation of the Oregon Territory south of the 49th Parallel. Following a controversial two-year war, Mexico ceded New Mexico and California to the United States. The Polk Administration also achieved its major economic objectives by lowering tariffs and establishing an independent Federal Treasury.

A New Frontier
During Polk’s term of office, the United States acquired more than 800,000 square miles of western territory and extended its boundary to the Pacific Ocean. True to his campaign pledge to serve only one term as President, Polk left office and returned to Tennessee in March 1849. The nation’s expansionist aims had been realized. When he died of cholera three months later, thousands of Americans were rushing west in search of California gold. A man whose life had been shaped by his early years on the Tennessee frontier left a vast new frontier as his legacy."

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-20 10:33:51   By: Anonymous
Another Democrat President full of Shi+

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    Re: WRONG
    Posted on: 2017-04-20 10:35:57   By: Anonymous
    No, it's the republicans that are full of it - shameful.

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    Posted on: 2017-04-20 10:43:02   By: Anonymous
    Old Polk was a typical democrat, failed foreign policy, starting wars, genocide and imprisonment of the original peoples, supporting and creating slave states.

    Nothing new here, nothing to see, just typical democrat policy and procedure.

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      Posted on: 2017-04-21 15:22:52   By: Anonymous
      Yes, and look at the nation formed from all those conquests. Not perfect, but better than many other nations. And for you naysayers, you are living in the greatest state in the nation. If you naysayers, need medical attention, or health insurance you can get it in California. So what is it that you naysayers want? You have gotten Mr. Trump as President, what more can you possibly want?

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    History anyone?
    Posted on: 2017-04-20 13:12:17   By: Anonymous
    All you people bashing political parties know they've switched since Polk, right?

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      Re: History anyone?
      Posted on: 2017-04-20 16:51:17   By: Anonymous
      Yeah.....Right, They'd rather switch than fight....'Chortle, chortle'.
      More fake narratives from the left.

      The democrat party is and has been the party of slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation, The Ku Klux Klan, Bull Conner hosing down the civil rights protesters and selling out this country to Commies.
      When Demonrats ain't doing that, they're ripping live babies out of the womb and kicking God out of the public square..

      Don't let your guilt cause you to lie, lil' libbie feller.

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        Re: History anyone?
        Posted on: 2017-04-21 18:43:29   By: Anonymous
        Yep, the Democrats were on the wrong side of racial issues right up until Lyndon Johnson passed the civil rights act and caused all those racist Democrats to desert the party. Now the racists are all Republicans. This is reality.

        Now I am old enough to have voted for Johnson and maybe you are too. Or maybe Johnson was the guy who made you a Republican. If you are younger than that (and most are), then you should quit citing ancient history and acknowledge that it is NOW the Republicans who are suppressing the black vote, curbing civil rights and starting wars (remember how we got into Iraq?).

        Time for you guys to own it. No more FAKE NEWS.

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          Re: History anyone?
          Posted on: 2017-04-22 16:13:59   By: Anonymous
          "Yep, the Democrats were on the wrong side of racial issues right up until Lyndon Johnson passed the civil rights act and caused all those racist Democrats to desert the party. Now the racists are all Republicans. This is reality."

          You have an alternate reality, gram paw.
          Fake News may be you forte, I prefer truth and fact.

          If all those racist Democrats switched parties in 1964, how do you explain Robert "Bob" Byrd who was a Democrat serving as a U.S. Representative and Senator from 1953 until 2010. Byrd was Grand Kleagle of the KKK.
          Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan then Byrd joined with other Democrat senators to stop the Republicans from passing the 1964 Civil Rights act by filibustering.

          Hillary Clinton is a huge fan of Klucker Byrd: “It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd. He was not just its longest serving member, he was its heart and soul. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and his wisdom,”

          Democrat Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States (and therefore President of the Senate) said about KKK Byrd: "A very close friend of mine, one of my mentors."

          Democrat Former President Jimmy Carter raved about KKK Byrd, "He was my closest and most valuable adviser while I served as president.

          Or how ABOUT Democrat George Wallace, Alabama Gov. and U.S. Presidential candidate for four consecutive elections, in which he sought the Democratic Party nomination in 1964, 1972, and 1976, Remembered for his Southern neo-dixiecrat and "Jim Crow" positions during the mid-20th century period of the Civil Rights Movement, declaring in his 1963 Inaugural Address that he stood for "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever," and standing in front of the entrance of the University of Alabama in an attempt to stop the enrollment of black students.

          Truth be told; Dem Lyndon Johnson had to be forced screaming and kicking to sign the Republican Bill.
          Only 2 of the 112 racist Democrats who opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 actually switched to the Republican Party, John Jarman and Strom Thurmond.
          All the racist Democrats who had opposed the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s were the same ones who in the 1970s supported Roe v. Wade. They went straight from supporting segregation to supporting abortion.

          In 1957 Republican president Dwight Eisenhower signed the Republican Party sponsored 1957 Civil Rights Act.

          The 1964 Civil Rights Act ending segregation and voter restrictions was passed with 80% of Republicans in the House and 82% in the Senate voting yes.
          But Only 63% of Democrats voted yes in the House and 69% in the Senate.

          After the Republican Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson brags "I'll have those n***ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years."
          He almost got that right.

          Not only that......BUT- During the 2016 election, the KKK (along with former Klansman David Duke), in collusion with the Democrat Party, pretended to "support" Trump for President as part of a strategy to discredit Trump and make sure he would lose the election by making a false connection between the KKK and the Republicans (as the Democrats have done since 1964).

          Hillary, whose mentor, late Democrat senator Robert Byrd, was himself a longtime KKK member, did not reject the KKK's 2016 campaign endorsement of her.

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      Re: History anyone?
      Posted on: 2017-04-20 19:33:12   By: Anonymous
      Sometimes I wonder what kind of U.S. history and civics classes Californians have had. Plus, history is constantly evolving and we are all creatures of our times. To hold one quote accountable for conditions one hundred or even two hundred years ago is nuts, although there may be some small truth to be gleaned. Expect the same will hold true for our grandchildren and those that come after, if there is an after.

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        Re: History anyone?
        Posted on: 2017-04-20 20:22:08   By: Anonymous
        Don't worry.
        In twentyfive years your grandchildren will still be praising President Trump.
        Making America Great Again.

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          Re: History anyone?
          Posted on: 2017-04-21 18:45:31   By: Anonymous
          Yes, please be sure to tell them you voted for Trump when they have no health care insurance, are drafted into endless wars and are living on a planet where the average temperature is 105 F.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-21 00:49:57   By: Anonymous
I just came here to listen to conservatives try to make themselves sound smart...

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-04-21 00:49:57   By: Anonymous
I just came here to listen to conservatives try to make themselves sound smart...

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    Posted on: 2017-04-21 10:14:13   By: Anonymous
    Can you repeat that please?

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      Posted on: 2017-04-21 10:49:09   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2017-04-21 12:05:46   By: Anonymous
      Conservatives are idiots and will be laughed at as historians gut their way of thinking.

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        Posted on: 2017-04-21 14:02:57   By: Anonymous
        Ever notice now Republicans are the party of free speech and individual rights?

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          Posted on: 2017-04-21 17:01:39   By: Anonymous
          Always have been, the Republican legacy from President Lincoln to President Trump.
          Making America Great Again.

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            Posted on: 2017-04-21 21:41:14   By: Anonymous
            When I was nine, and Christmas came, we were all alone, just my Mom & me, and I got a James K. Polk action figure from the local Toy for Tots.

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