Has a first lady ever been of a different political party than the president?

Laura Bush grew up in a Democratic family. When asked if she was a Democrat she responded, "Yes , but most of Texas was at the time." Laura Bush may have provided this answer to throw people off the fact that she always had Democratic Party leanings ( so as not to embarrass her husband).In

Is Andrew Jackson underrated?

He was over-rated for many years.  It's only recently that history texts have brought out the bad side of what he did (largely since the 1980s).  That said, Andrew  Jackson was undoubtedly the most dominant American political figure of  the 19th century. 

Is the United States of America a failed state?

I think it is. Big business has squelched private enterprise to an alarming degree. It's only the true pioneers in new tech fields that can make money.The cost of living has increased, but salaries have not kept pace. A good

Was Andrew Johnson a bad president?

The worst.Okay, that's my opinion. But I'm sticking to it. The man was possibly the worst president in the history of the US. He was a monkey wrench in Reconstruction and one of the worst racists (yeah, let that sink in for a moment) to occupy the White House. The man hated everybody but white

What are some things that Americans believe about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution that aren't true?

Today, we consider the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights (right to free speech, right to a jury trial, etc.) to be universally protected from revocation by the "government," meaning both state and federal, but until the early twentieth century, that idea only applied to the federal government. The Constitution clearly distinguishes between the

What does the United States do right? What are the best examples of what the United States does right, politically, culturally, militarily, charitably etc.? Past or present?

Its capacity for redemption and reinvention - Soon after America declared its independence, Europeans scoffed at its supposed lack of history. Little did they realise what an elastic history this strange and wonderful country would have. I can think of no

What if Andrew Jackson was never president?

A common problem in understanding history, is a failure to appreciate the underlying political causations; and so their perception becomes a bit like the movie

Who is the most underrated American President?

I submit an answer which is not what one would first consider normally but for that very reason these are some of the most important leaders that most Americans never knew about... The 16 presidents of America before the Constitution. The presidents of the Continental Congress.

Who was the first U.S. President?

The first President of the United States of America, in anything like the sense we know today, was George Washington. So, what's up with the alternate answers we sometimes hear? Prior to George Washington's terms as President, the United States operated under a completely different Constitutional structure, the Articles of Confederation. Under the Articles of Confederation the

Why wasn't Andrew Jackson impeached?

Andrew Jackson was never impeached because the House of Representatives never passed a bill of impeachment against him.  Nor, as far as I know, did they ever want to. (EDIT: See below.)You may be confusing him with President Andrew Johnson, who was the first President to be impeached. (There have

Could another civil war ever happen in the US?

A civil war at this point is more likely than not. The divide between the Left and Right is now so deep and fanatical that reconciliation is becoming nearly impossible. The list of possible causes is many. Here are some of the

Is Hillary Clinton America's worst ever Secretary of State?

Trump's criticism of Hillary Clinton gets things backwards. The Secretary of State has no independent power; as a presidential appointee he or she is a functionary. The Secretary's ability to influence policy depends, therefore, on his relationship with the President. Presidents in the modern era have generally preferred to

Did the Southern states have a legal right to secede from the Union? Is it stated in the 1860 US Constitution that secession was illegal?

Democracy and NobilityCuriously, where a debate over the revolutionary nature of the Civil War really came to center stage was in the justification the Southern states offered for their attempt to leave the Union-the right to secede. Lincoln never questioned the right of the Southerners to

Has the Republican Party lost its way?

Whatever you thought of the ways of Ronald Reagan, the two Georges, Clinton and Obama... it's indisputable that they each held to the principles of their parties, and at the same time were good people, with a true dedication to American ideals. What

How did the Democratic and Republican parties switch ideologies?

Democrats prior to the switch myth did not respect individual rights. Today they attack our Bill of rights. Democrat prior to the switch myth supported the racist Sanger's abortion. Today more Black babies were aborted in NYC then were born. This happened in multiple years.Democrats prior to the switch myth spawn the

How have the Democratic and Republican parties changed over time?

The Democrat Party got its start with Andrew Jackson. It gained a lot of traction because of John Quincy Adams presidential win - despite losing the popular vote and electoral college. Andrew Jackson was a Southerner, but actually had less support in certain regions of the South

Is it true that recent presidential scandals between the last four presidents Trump included had more issues than Watergate? If so why did Nixon step down than?

No, it's not true that the last four presidential administrations had more scandals than Nixon.Obama, for instance, had no one in his administration indicted and there were no reported scandals either except for the manufactured ones du jour by partisan mad dogs that didn't lead

Is the theory of the 'Big Switch' from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party true?

It is true-but somewhat complicated. One thing that helps is to start with the premise that neither the Republican nor Democratic Party are ideologically consistent political parties. They never have been (save perhaps a brief moment for the Republicans early on). The two parties, whatever

Is the 'United' in United States of America ironic?

No, this is not ironic at all. Indeed, the word 'United' best suits the federal union of America or American type. The word has its roots in the mode of formation of the federal union. In simple terms, the federal union of America was formed by a voluntary agreement between a number of sovereign and

Is the United States of America a failed state?

I think it is. Big business has squelched private enterprise to an alarming degree. It's only the true pioneers in new tech fields that can make money.The cost of living has increased, but salaries have not kept pace. A good portion of our middle-class jobs have been sent offshore. Minimum wage means that husband and wife must

There were 'draft Eisenhower' movements for both the Democratic and Republican nominations for President in 1952, why did he end up choosing to run as a Republican? What did being a Republican stand for between 1929 and 1968?

There were "draft Eisenhower" movements for both the Democratic and Republican nominations for President in 1952, why did he end up choosing to run as a Republican? What did being a Republican stand for between 1929 and 1968?

What are some things that Americans believe about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution that aren't true?

With respect to Kris Rosvold's answer, the idea that many, or even any significant percentage, of the founding fathers were atheist/agnostic/deist or anything else aside from Christians is a popular, but unfounded misinterpretation. In fact, of the 204 individuals that can,

What are the biggest flaws of the Democratic Party?

I'd argue that the biggest flaw of the Democratic Party is that they are almost entirely about getting elected, and not about leading or advancing policy when in office. This is a bit peculiar because in theory this is how democracy is supposed to work... however in practice...Since the early days of the party the party has

What are the biggest flaws of the Republican Party?

"This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything]. On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything]."I don't think anyone in the base of the party has ever heard this

What is the Republican Party's greatest accomplishment throughout American history?

Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves would be considered the greatest accomplishment by almost anyone. I suppose it could be argued that it was going to happen, anyway, but considering just how important an event it was, the sooner the better. Yet I would argue that, despite Lincoln's greatness,

When was the United States officially created?

Jamestown 1607The official history and development of the United States started when The first British colonists founded Jamestown. A new nation and a new people started to form at this point. First Continental Congress September 1774You could pick the first official time the 13 Colonies joined forces such

Has a first lady ever been of a different political party than the president?

Laura Bush grew up in a Democratic family. When asked if she was a Democrat she responded, "Yes , but most of Texas was at the time." Laura Bush may have provided this answer to throw people off the fact that she always had Democratic Party leanings ( so as not to embarrass

Have there been an US President, with no affiliation to either politics parties?

All the previous answers are correct.  Washington was not affiliated with any party because they really hadn't formed yet.  But they soon did right soon after his election when Hamilton, Adams, and others started the Federalist party and Jefferson, Madison, and others started the "Republican" party that eventually evolved to the Democratic party of

What did Bill Clinton accomplish while in office?

The Good Friday Accords which ended the war between the IRA and Britain.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo... The US intervention to stop ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.Decision to Intervene: How the War in Bosnia Ended The appointment of Ruth Bader Ginsberg to the US Supreme Court.

What US presidents allegedly had affairs, in or out of office?

Here is a little more info about Kennedy and a couple of other philandering Presidents.KennedyKennedy's extra marital affairs were too numerous to count. Jackie Kennedy wanted to divorce her serial-cheating husbandLyndon Johnson When people mentioned Kennedy's many

Who was the oldest U.S. President?

At the time of inauguration, Donald Trump, at 70 years old, is the oldest U.S. President. Before Trump, the oldest elected president was Ronald Reagan who took the oath of office at the age of 69 in 1981.Reagan still remains the oldest person in office, at the age of 77 years.

Why is California considered the richest state?

Well, there are a variety of factors that could cause people to call California the richest state. We have the largest GDP of any state, in fact, if California where a country it would have the 6th largest economy in