Happy President’s Day Advice

At the Lewis & Clark Motel in Bozeman, Montana.

A neon sunset in a warm and snow-melting winter, offering a bit of advice for President’s Day.

“The lesson of history is rarely learned by the actors themselves.” — James Garfield, 20th president of the United States, the last of the “log cabin presidents.” After less than four months as president, he was shot and gravely wounded, dying two months later. His successor, Vermont native Chester Arthur, arrived in office as a crony and machine politician but left as a reformer.

Here at the Lewis & Clark Motel, we note that the local bar, The Haufbrau, features prominent bumper stickers for a posse full of failed ideological candidates — such as Pat Paulsen and Kinky Friedman, who once proclaimed, ” How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design?”


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