Rumors of Congressional Democrats privately expressing disapproval of the Obama administration's actions and policies have been given more credence by such things as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's public criticism of White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. But when two long-time Democratic pollsters, Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen, called President Obama "cynical" and "racially divisive," that was a dramatic statement. It was like saying that the emperor has no clothes.
On May 7, 1818, a veteran of the Revolutionary War named Asher Wright "personally appear[ed]" before Presiding Judge Sylvester Gilbert in the "District of Connecticut, ss. County of Tolland." Mr. Wright, "aged 63 years... doth, on his oath, make the following declaration...That he the said Asher Wright enlisted ... in the Continental Army... and served out the term of his inlistment [sic] being one year and that he is in reduced circumstances, and stands in need of the assistance of his country for support..."[i]