Historical Political Events for August 02

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Year Event
1886 The Oleomargarine Act established the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) laboratory system. [Who would have thought that such an innocent act as trying to protect the Dairy Industry from competition would later be part of an organization that resulted in the nearly 100 deaths at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco! A lesson to be learned: you never know where any government law will eventually lead.]
1937 Marihuana Tax Act ("Marihuana Traffic Act", also "Controlled Substance Act") calls for $20,000 fine and 20 years imprisonment for possession of marijuana without a legal fiscal transfer stamp. Enforcement (by the Treasury) was directed primarily against Mexican immigrants. Now, the government involvement has greatly expanded into what is called the "Drug War", costing taxpayers over $75 billion per year with the only result being that we have the highest incarceration rate in the world!
1939 The Hatch Act passed by Congress bars U.S. federal employees from taking an active role in political campaigns. Sure.
1939 Albert Einstein signs the famous letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) urging that the American government support research toward an atomic bomb. After the bombing of Hiroshima, Einstein states, "I could burn my fingers that I wrote that first letter to Roosevelt."
1946 The Battle of Athens: Some ex GI's in Athens, Tennessee, disturbed that the freedom they fought for was being severely abused by the local government, take up arms against the local police and restore the democratic process.
1964 North Vietnamese torpedo boats allegedly attack U.S. Destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin, precipitating the start of the Vietnam war, one of the most devastating wars in terms of the toll taken on U.S. culture and political stability. Sadly, the real truth is that story of the attacks may have been partly fabricated and, in any event, provoked by the U.S. military.
1990 Iraq invades Kuwait causing an international crisis.
1995 Executive Order 12968 signed by President Clinton (D), "establishes a uniform Federal personnel security program for employees who will be considered for initial or continued access to classified information". [Why is this needed when such security provisions are already on the law books? Maybe it is because the Clinton administration was so notoriously slack in security].
2011 National Debt Limit increased from $14,294 billion to $14,694 billion. Yea! Let's party and charge it to the voteless grand kids!
and . . .
Quote of
the Day
I was one of the Senators who voted for the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. . . I am sorry for that. . . I should have been one of the two, or at least I should have made it three, Senators who voted against that Gulf of Tonkin resolution. But I am not wanting to commit that sin twice, and that is exactly what we are doing here. This is another Gulf of Tonkin resolution. I am not going to vote for that this time. No.
    — Senator Byrd on refusing to vote for the Bush Resolution to invade Iraq
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