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[Image: John C. Calhoun and Joe Biden]

By John C. Chalberg, Crisis Magazine, Sept. 13, 2021

John “Chuck” Chalberg is a retired academic, having taught American history for years at Normandale Community College in the suburban Twin Cities. …


What do Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Stephen Douglas, James Buchanan, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden have in common? All of course have been either Democratic presidents or presidential contenders spanning the long history of the oldest political party in continuous existence on the face of this earth. But they have something else in common. Each of these Democratic leaders has been a practitioner of the politics of skin color. More to the point, each has done so in a dangerous way, not to mention an aggressively similar way as well. This is especially the case for Calhoun, Obama, and Biden. …

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