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The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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Instead of telling Cleveland's story chronologically, Walters moves topic by topic, showing how Cleveland was a man of remarkable honesty, hewing faithfully to consistent Jeffersonian principles of sound money and noninterventionist, nonredistributionist government, an opponent of class warfare, but a consistent friend of the taxpayer. In 1887, for example, Congress appropriated funds for relief of drought-stricken Texas farmers -- an act that would hardly get a second glance today. Cleveland vetoed the bill, writing, "I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering, which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit." Rather than being burned in effigy, Cleveland was praised. Even the Houston Daily Post, in the heart of the afflicted state, called it "a very proper veto" of a "clearly unconstitutional" bill (p. 34). Following the veto, private charities stepped in and ultimately raised over $100,000 in private donations (in 1887!) to help the farmers, "more than ten times what Congress [had] sought to appropriate.Read more ›
It was a decent read. The author both did his research, and was reasonably clear in his explanations and comparisons. Although his concern was more of how progressive political thought is leading us further away from our founding principals, one can argue that both political parties are more concerned with acquiring and maintaining power than promoting the good of the country and its citizens.
Transition in comparisons could have been smoother, but otherwise it was enjoyable and enlightening.
Offers a new understanding of the political thinking of that era.
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This volume presents itself as a historical resource regarding the two terms served by Grover Cleveland when in reality it is nothing more then an ode to the tea party and it's... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Ed Benefiel
President Cleveland led the way in true fiscal conservatism. Our poloitical leaders from both sides could learn a lesson or two from this overlooked and forgotten president.Published on December 23, 2013 by FuzzyBlackLips
A political rant disguised as a biography. Donald Trump is quoted in a book about Grover Cleveland? Really?
I made the mistake of purchasing this book as part of my effort to read a biography on each of our U. S. presidents. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Bennie K Wells
I see several liberals on here trashing this book and not being honest. This is one of the finest books written. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by right wing hero
I cannot possibly express how disappointed I was in this book. What I was looking for was an indepth academic analysis of President Grover Cleveland and his administration. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Jim H