Posts Tagged ‘House that Jack Built’

The House that Jeems Built

January 16, 2012

Image from U.S. History ImagesBleeding Kansas

THE HOUSE THAT JEEMS BUILT. —

Kansas with Slavery. — This is the house that Jeems built.

Southern influence and Gold. — This is the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

Shannon. — This is the rat that eat the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

Walker. — This is the cat that killed the rat that eat the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

Lecompton Constitution — This is the dog that worried the cat that killed the rat that eat the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

Douglas — This is the cow with crumpled horn that tossed the dog, that worried the cat that killed the rat that eat the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

Kansas without Slavery — This is the maiden all forlorn that milked the cow with the crumpled horn that tossed the dog that worried the cat that killed the rat that eat the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

The Union. — This is the man all tattered and torn that married the maiden all forlorn that milked the cow with the crumpled horn that tossed the dog that worried the cat that killed the rat that eat the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

The American People. — This is the priest all shaven and shorn that married the man all tattered and torn unto the maiden all forlorn that milked the cow with the crumpled horn that tossed the dog that worried the cat that killed the rat that eat the malt that lay in the house that Jeems built.

Kansas Crusader for Freedom.

The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) Mar 5, 1858

New Edition of “The House That Jack Built”

October 19, 2011

Image from the Elektratig blog

A NEW EDITION OF
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT.
———

United States Treasury:
This is the house that Jack built.

Public Deposites:
This is the malt that lay in the house
That Jack built.

Nick Biddle:
This is the rat that eat the malt
That lay in the house
That Jack built.

Gen. Jackson:
This is the cat that caught the rat
That eat the malt
That lay in the house
That Jack built.

Federalism:
This is the dog that worried the cat
That caught the rat
That eat the malt
That lay in the house
That Jack built.

The People:
This is the cow with a crumpled horn
That tossed the dog
That worried the cat
That caught the rat
That eat the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

Hard Cider and beef hurra in 1840:
This is the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with a crumpled horn
That tossed the dog
That worried the cat
That caught the rat
That eat the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

Henry Clay:
This is the man all tattered and torn
That kissed the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with a crumpled horn
That tossed the dog
That worried the cat
That caught the rat
That eat the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

Frelinghuysen:
This is the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
Unto the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog
That worried the cat
That caught the rat
That eat the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

Democratic Triumph in 1844:
This is the Cock that crowed in the morn
That awoke the priest all shaven and shorn
That married the man all tattered and torn
Unto the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog
That worried the cat
That caught the rat
That eat the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

The Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Nov 18, 1844

Rats in the House That Jack Built

January 20, 2009
Rat in the House that Jack Built

Rat in the House that Jack Built

Rats!
The Arkansas delegation in Congress are singular fellows — singular, because Van Buren member of Congress, and yet quite honest. We have already amused our readers by sundry extracts from the blunt denunciations of the corruptions of the party to which they belong, which have fallen from the lips of Senator Sevier and Representative Yell. — The latter gentleman has been again applying the lash to his delinquent friends. Some proposition of the party being before the House, proposing the expenditure of several hundred thousand dollars, Mr. Yell broke out into the following exclamation, “is this the time,” said he, “for us to think of useless taxation, and useless expenditure? What is our condition? AN EMPTY TREASURY — A NATIONAL DEBT — A VILIFIED CREDIT!” Verily, here is a yell for you! The picture of the national degradation brought upon the country by the empiricism of Van Buren, is drawn with a pencil light! But hear Yell yet a while longer. Hear him describe his fellows of the House — the real Simon Pure hard-money-Loco-foco-Democratic-people-loving-money-hating, “cats and rats” of Van Burenism and their masters, who have kept them sleek and plump by good feeding!

cock-in-the-house-that-jack-built

“Mr. Speaker, it is not to be denied that there are in this House cats and rats — I certainly do not intend to offer any term reproach or discourtesy to any gentleman, when I make use of such epithets — who have for years been struggling, and often with too much success, to clutch the malt, and carry it away from the House that Jack built. The fact has been known to all — the late and present Executive have both been aware of the fact — and if I have any language of censure or of reproach to add, it must be found in a well grounded complaint that they have not drawn the offending rats from their hiding places, dismissed them from their confidence, and held them up to public reprobation.” — Journal and Register.

Huron Reflector (Norwalk, Ohio) July 17, 1838

The House That Jack Built

Other Political Uses From Wikipedia:

  • Thomas Jefferson, prior to serving as President, first used it to criticize the broad construction approach of the “necessary and proper” clause of the U.S. Constitution with respect to a bill to grant a federal charter to a mining company. The term was used to suggest that the expansion of federal powers under these arguments would give the federal government infinite powers. “Congress are authorized to defend the nation. Ships are necessary for defense; copper is necessary for ships; mines, necessary for copper; a company necessary to work the mines; and who can doubt this reasoning who has ever played at ‘This is the House that Jack Built’? Under such a process of filiation of necessities the sweeping clause makes clean work.”
  • One of the “Political Miscellanies” associated with the Rolliad, an 18th century British satire, was “This Is the House That George Built”, referring to George Nugent Grenville, Marquess of Buckingham, who had briefly supported William Pitt the Younger into government before resigning from office. The parody is attributed to Joseph Richardson.