Ocularnervosa's Blog – February 2016 Archive (6)

My Independent run homework, the eighth VP

Martin Van Buren was born on December 5th 1782 in Kinderhook New York. The region was mostly Dutch so he was the first Vice President who spoke English as a second language. His father ran a local tavern where he learned how to deal with all kinds of people from the poor farmers to the wealthy merchants passing through the area.

Unlike the former Vice Presidents Martin Van never attended a college, he apprenticed with a law firm in New York City. After a few years he passed…

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Added by ocularnervosa on February 28, 2016 at 5:14pm — No Comments

My Independent run homework, the seventh VP

Until now there were two kinds of Vice Presidents, those who occupied the office and those who tried to influence U.S. policy, but generally failed. And then there is the seventh Vice President who would have a major impact on American history although in the end it would mostly be negative.

John C. Calhoun was born in South Carolina in 1782 on his family’s farm. When his father became ill he had to quit school to keep the place operating but eventually he attended Yale and earned his…

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Added by ocularnervosa on February 21, 2016 at 3:43pm — No Comments

My Independent VP campaign, the Us and Them of politics.

Thousands of years ago when humans were hunter gatherers they discovered that their best chance for survival was to form a group. They also developed the “Us and Them” ideology. “Us” were just trying to provide food, shelter and security for the tribe while “Them” were out to kill everyone, steal their stuff and do unspeakable acts upon the women. Eventually humans developed agriculture and civilization was born, empires rose and fell, wars were waged and unspeakable horrors were committed…

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Added by ocularnervosa on February 20, 2016 at 5:23pm — 3 Comments

My Independent run homework, the sixth VP

As I do my homework I am amazed at how little I know about the Vice Presidents, the men who occupied the second most powerful office of the United States. I had heard of the first five but I had no idea who number six was. So, here’s a brief history of a forgotten Vice President.

Daniel Tompkins was born in New York at his family’s estate, Fox Meadows on June 21st 1774, just two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from Columbia College…

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Added by ocularnervosa on February 6, 2016 at 11:18pm — No Comments

My Independent run homework, the fifth VP

As much as I didn’t know about the fourth Vice President George Clinton I know even less about the fifth, Elbridge Gerry, although his name is synonymous with the politics of elections.

Elbridge Gerry was born in Massachusetts on July 17th, 1744. His father was a merchant who operated a fleet of cargo vessels and his mother came from a Boston merchant family. He was homeschooled and then attended Harvard for his formal education. After graduating he went into the family…

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Added by ocularnervosa on February 3, 2016 at 12:10pm — No Comments

My Independent VP campaign, finding out what the Vice President does.

If you’re going to apply for a job you should find out what you have to do in that job, after all you can’t be a data processor if you don’t know anything about processing data. So I decided to look into the actual job requirements of the Vice President. According to the Constitution they are suppose to gavel in the Congressional session, vote in tie breakers and assume Presidency if the office is vacated. Protocol requires that they show up to the State of the Union Address in order to be…

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Added by ocularnervosa on February 1, 2016 at 12:57pm — No Comments

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