It was on February 24, 1868 that Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, became the first chief executive to be impeached by the House of Representatives. The fact that Johnson was even in position to become President is rather bizarre given that he was a Democrat from a confederate state who Republican Abraham Lincoln willingly chose to be his running mate for the 1864 election in the midst of the Civil War. That would really rock the world of today’s extremely partisan political discourse…
But one can’t say Johnson didn’t work his way to the top. Despite being born poor and never attending school, Johnson managed to hold just about every legislative and executive post one can hold in this country. He was a city alderman, a mayor, he served in both houses of the Tennessee legislature, the US House of Representatives, governor of Tennessee, a stint as US Senator, and of course, Vice President and eventually POTUS upon Lincoln’s assassination. Johnson weaseled his way out of being convicted on the articles of impeachment by one vote, but that still didn’t save him from being listed near the bottom of worst Presidents in US history…
Now that we’ve discussed a few dead Presidents you won’t find in a wallet near you, let’s focus on answering Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week!
What’s the most useful thing you know?
How to breathe. I’m not sure where I’d be without this knowledge, but fortunately I learned how to do it! You just….. um…… wait, how do I…… (gasp!) um…….. (choke!) heeeellllllpppppp!!! (faint!)
What impact do you think it would have on the world if bananas were illegal?
It is apparently a Mecca fun fact that we sell more bananas every day than anything else in the store. So I guess if bananas were illegal, I’d be living in a garbage can trying to get my fix of rotten peels…
What social stigma does society need to just get over?
The ridiculous notion that you can have society without stigmas. Everyone’s gotta have someone else to look down upon, even the stigmatized…
Do you prefer the moral viewpoint of consequentialism*, which focuses on the consequences of actions, or deontology,* which focuses on the innate rightness or wrongness of the actions themselves?
Geez, if I took that much time to think about the philosophy of why I do what I do, I’d never have time to actually do anything!
Please feel free to share something good that happened to you in the past week.
I still haven’t gotten sucked into the eternal sinkhole of social media…
I too have found that breathing is a most useful thing to understand how to do…….I only hope that any impending dementia issues in my future don’t include forgetting how to do that…..wait….what was I talking about?????
Man eating otters. You were talking about man eating otters and kinda drifted off there…
I often feel like buster and the unicorn…. once a friend got stuck with her car in a road ditch… she was so happy to see me as the guardian angel… the feeling changed after 20 minutes as we bth got stuck in this road ditch ;O(
Let no good deed go unpunished…
Harding’s form is all wrong. He’ll never win a game in the major leagues.
No, because like today’s pitchers he probably can’t go five innings…
Thanks E.S. for Sharing Your World. The bits of Presidential trivia were very appropriate too (who knew? Not me. I think I dozed off in History class or they had us do one of those lame diorama things showing the Wasatch Front). Still. The Orange Blob that tried to eat America made anything a former miscreant Prezzy did seem almost acceptable. I lost count of how many POTUS’ there’s been, but that last one was a real loser. Not to say that the current one…wait. You say this isn’t a forum for political ranting? My abject apologies. 🤣
Knowing how to breathe is probably a good thing not to forget how to do. Oxygen deprivation could kill you! 😛 (have to catch my breath now)… It certainly leads to slower and less sensible thinking, which judging by most of American’s population under the auspices of that Orange Blob etc, got so stupid I’m shocked they don’t drowned in their own showers because they forget to close their mouths as well as breathe. Um.. Slip slidin’ away… I’m going to end commenting here because I keep circling around to orange blobs somehow. All your answers and the strips were AWESOME as per schedule. Have a great week. (and I wondered about that banana photo. Isn’t she applying for some job as special assistant to the C.E.O. of some mega corporation? I hear swallowing is a great way to seal that deal….. *whistling innocently*
Thanks for the history lesson. He’s NOT an example of the old adage that one rises to the level of their incompetence! Or maybe he is?
It’s kinda depressing to think that maybe the most qualified person to ever be President wound up being a lousy one. But I remember stumbling on that bit of trivia a long time ago while hosting a contest and have to think Johnson was the only President to hit literally every rung on the ladder to the highest elected office!
Johnson may have hit every elected rung on the election ladder but he also did some staggeringly horrible things while in office. Yup, he probably was the worst president ever. Till the next one who shall remain nameless. As for breathing, I’m a big fan.
Mecca. The banana capital of the world. Who knew?
Really. And the weird thing is, I was aware of that fact via the company magazine long before my store ever sold a single banana. We didn’t expand to have a produce department until 2011….