Thursday, April 28, 2011

20 Presidents worse than Obama ...

Yesterday, President Barack Obama revealed the most sought after document in American history since the Constitution -- his birth certificate. The likes of Donald Trump and other 'birthers' have long claimed Obama was not born on American soil, and thus would be disqualified from holding the office of president.

In the wake of this revelation, critics of the president were already spewing out negative comments pertaining to Obama is 'ruining the country.' I made the comment today I could name several presidents who were worse than Obama, so now I'm going to do just that. The list isn't yet complete because Obama's time in office is yet to expire. But, here is my list, in no particularly order ...

Lyndon B. Johnson -- This knucklehead Texan was responsible for escalating the Vietnam War to apocalyptic proportions. Incidentally, to gain the authority to boost the number of Americans serving in the fight, he misled Congress to secure their permission (see: Gulf of Tonkin Incident) into an armed conflict he knew to be unwinnable. Johnson took America's involvement from 16,000 military advisors to over 600,000. Ask veterans what they think of that.

Johnson also drove up government expenditures with a slew of government programs in his 'War on Poverty.' While intentions were great, programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, HUD housing, etc. remain controversial and expensive.

James Buchanan -- Do nothing president of the 1850s. Believer in exercising 'restraint.' This restraint served the country poorly when Southern states started to secede under his watch. His policy of appeasement towards open rebellion was deplorable. He also failed in stabilizing 'Bleeding Kansas.'

Warren G. Harding -- Corrupt president of the early 1920s who campaigned for a 'Return to normalcy.' His cabinet appointments were those of his infamous 'Ohio Gang.' One of those rascals -- Sec. of Interior Albert Fall -- is infamous for being the first cabinet officer to ever be convicted of a felony (for his part in the Teapot Dome scandal). Harding did little to stop lynchings that were commonplace in America to prevent from alienating his Southern base and has consistently been recongized as one of the presidents who pushed for virtually no meaningful legislation.

Franklin Pierce -- Recognized a government in Kansas that was elected through clear voter fraud. His one bright moment? The Gadsden Purchase from Mexico. On a level with Harding.

Millard Fillmore -- Supported the ill-fated Compromise of 1850 that served as a temporary plug in the dam of sectionalism. That's about it. Does receive credit for opening trade relations with Japan -- by threat of large naval ships from Commodore Matthew Perry.

Richard Nixon -- Despite his success in foreign policy with China, Nixon conducted secret military operations in Laos and Cambodia, and prolonged the Vietnam War. He scored no points with constituents with the Watergate Scandal and remains the only president in American history to resign.

Benjamin Harrison -- Kept tariff rates dramatically high, slowing down trade. Allowed a coup in Hawai'i that led to its annexation by the United States. Won the presidency comfortably in the Electoral College but lost the popular vote by 90,000. Voter fraud helped Harrison carry the day.

Gerald Ford -- Gave Nixon a carte blanche pardon. Fell down the steps of Air Force One ... twice. Presided over an era marked by inflation, increasing deficits, tax reductions and overall poor economy that resulted in a slight recession.

Jimmy Carter -- Nice man, bad president. More famous for his Habitat for Humanity work than his presidency.

George W. Bush -- Became the first president to pre-emptively strike another nation (Iraq) and did so under false pretenses (still looking for WMDs). His unilateral approach to foreign policy alienated other nations and squandered worldwide sympathy after 9/11. Domestic policy achievements? No Child Left Behind Act and a failed attempt at Social Security reform. I wouldn't want to hang my hat on those.

William Howard Taft -- Overaggressive in his breakup of large businesses, even those who complied with the law. His 'dollar diplomacy' in keeping foreign nations dependant upon the U.S. was deplorable, yet seems to be making a comeback in today's terms.

Calvin Coolidge / Herbert Hoover -- The alliterative presidents of the 1920s who both had a 'hands off' policy toward big business and the economy. This failure to provide adequate regulations and stop-gap measures led to a poor response to the stock market crash of 1929. Oh, and Coolidge was known to sleep in excess of 12 hours a night and still need a nap in the afternoon.

Rutherford B. Hayes -- Also known as 'His Fraudulency' and 'Rutherfraud' for his shady victory in the Election of 1876. He prematurely ended Reconstruction as a sop to Southerners in exchange for his election, dooming that region of the country to suffer under Jim Crow.

John Tyler -- The only president who was actually expelled from his party while he was in office. He actually had to fight and scrap to have Texas officially annexed. This was his only real accomplishment and would have happened regardless of who was president.

Martin Van Buren -- President during the Panic of 1837, regarded as one of the worst financial crises in the nation's history. He also refused to intercede on behalf of the fledging Mormon movement persecuted in Missouri. He also refused to allow Texas' petition to become a part of the United States. In another sad example, Van 'Ruin' oversaw the march of Native Americans on the tragic 'Trail of Tears.'

Ulysses S. Grant -- My respect for Grant as a general makes this difficult for me to write, but Grant's major problem as president stemmed from his estimation that everyone was as honest as he was. The good points of his administration were overshadowed by numerous scandals involving his advisors.

William Henry Harrison / Zachary Taylor / James Garfield -- They all died into their first term and did very little in office.

12 comments:

  1. Is it really fair to add Harrison, Taylor, and Garfield to the list? If they all died during their first term, no one would really know what they would do.

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  2. "George W. Bush -- Became the first president to pre-emptively strike another nation (Iraq) and did so under false pretenses (still looking for WMDs). His unilateral approach to foreign policy alienated other nations and squandered worldwide sympathy after 9/11. Domestic policy achievements? No Child Left Behind Act and a failed attempt at Social Security reform. I wouldn't want to hang my hat on those."

    Didn't Congress pass No Child Left Behind with overwhelming support? Republicans and Democrats? Can't hang that on W.

    Didn't the majority of the rest of the free world agree with our intelligence on Iraq prior to going in? I would in no way lump that in with the likes of Johnson (a liar) and Nixon (a criminal).

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    1. True, but Bush failed to properly define what terrorists were post 9/11, to the American public who really were uneducated in Islam, they thought it was pure monolithic movement, and it was nothing similar to that, and Saddam was entirely different than those who caused 9/11. So the American public was in a frenzy to leash out and somebody, for 9/11 and George Bush failed to define that properly and a decade later we have no outcomes in our favor, maybe, just maybe 50 years from now, we will look at it and say it turned out OK, I hope so for all the families that claimed body bags.

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    2. Check your facts - they found hundreds of WMD's. And the Dems knew that they were shipping most of the WMD's to Syria - where they were just used during the upheavals. No WMD's is just a Democrat lie created to discredit GW. Then the Dems made it worse by yelling "out of Iraq" every time a soldier was killed. That caused the insurgents to flood in and kill MORE soldiers - so that we would leave. Bottom line: the Democrats created this world upheaval by giving terrorists so much incentive to attack western peoples around the world. The more Dems said - get out of Iraq - the more money and people the terrorists accumulated.

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  3. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2001/roll145.xml

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=1&vote=00192

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  4. Actually I can hang that on Bush because it was the centerpiece of his first term in office. It was his 'baby.'

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  5. Sure it's fair to put them on the list! Bad presidency is based on action, not intention. Lack of action is one step removed from negative action, regardless of motive. Besides, Harding didn't make it much further in his presidency, either. (Although he was certainly a bigger scumbag...)

    I still think Harding was poisoned.

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  6. "George W. Bush -- Became the first president to pre-emptively strike another nation (Iraq) and did so under false pretenses (still looking for WMDs). His unilateral approach to foreign policy alienated other nations and squandered worldwide sympathy after 9/11. Domestic policy achievements? No Child Left Behind Act and a failed attempt at Social Security reform. I wouldn't want to hang my hat on those."

    "Didn't Congress pass No Child Left Behind with overwhelming support? Republicans and Democrats? Can't hang that on W.

    Didn't the majority of the rest of the free world agree with our intelligence on Iraq prior to going in? I would in no way lump that in with the likes of Johnson (a liar) and Nixon (a criminal). "

    Isn't it a criminal act to steal an election?

    In one of the closest contests in U.S. history, the 2000 presidential election between Democratic Vice-President Al Gore and Republican governor of Texas George W. Bush (hereafter referred to as Bush Jr. to distinguish him from his father who was also a president), the final outcome hinged on how the vote went in Florida. Independent investigations in that state revealed serious irregularities directed mostly against ethnic minorities and low-income residents who usually voted heavily Democratic. Some 36,000 newly registered voters were turned away because their names had never been added to the voter rolls by Florida’s secretary of state Kathleen Harris. By virtue of the office she held, Harris presided over the state’s election process while herself being an active member of the Bush Jr. state-wide campaign committee. Other voters were turned away because they were declared--almost always incorrectly--“convicted felons.” In several Democratic precincts, state officials closed the polls early, leaving lines of would-be voters stranded.

    Under orders from Governor Jeb Bush (Bush Jr.’s brother), state troopers near polling sites delayed people for hours while searching their cars. Some precincts required two photo IDs which many citizens do not have. The requirement under Florida law was only one photo ID. Passed just before the election, this law itself posed a special difficulty for low-income or elderly voters who did not have drivers licenses or other photo IDs. Uncounted ballot boxes went missing or were found in unexplained places or were never collected from certain African-American precincts. During the recount, GOP agitators shipped in from Washington D.C. by the Republican national leadership stormed the Dale County Canvassing Board, punched and kicked one of the officials, shouted and banged on their office doors, and generally created a climate of intimidation that caused the board to abandon its recount and accept the dubious pro-Bush tally.

    And how about those weapons of mass destruction?
    Really?

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  7. "Isn't it a criminal act to steal an election?

    In one of the closest contests in U.S. history, the 2000 presidential election between Democratic Vice-President Al Gore and Republican governor of Texas George W. Bush (hereafter referred to as Bush Jr. to distinguish him from his father who was also a president), the final outcome hinged on how the vote went in Florida. Independent investigations in that state revealed serious irregularities directed mostly against ethnic minorities and low-income residents who usually voted heavily Democratic. Some 36,000 newly registered voters were turned away because their names had never been added to the voter rolls by Florida’s secretary of state Kathleen Harris. By virtue of the office she held, Harris presided over the state’s election process while herself being an active member of the Bush Jr. state-wide campaign committee. Other voters were turned away because they were declared--almost always incorrectly--“convicted felons.” In several Democratic precincts, state officials closed the polls early, leaving lines of would-be voters stranded.

    Under orders from Governor Jeb Bush (Bush Jr.’s brother), state troopers near polling sites delayed people for hours while searching their cars. Some precincts required two photo IDs which many citizens do not have. The requirement under Florida law was only one photo ID. Passed just before the election, this law itself posed a special difficulty for low-income or elderly voters who did not have drivers licenses or other photo IDs. Uncounted ballot boxes went missing or were found in unexplained places or were never collected from certain African-American precincts. During the recount, GOP agitators shipped in from Washington D.C. by the Republican national leadership stormed the Dale County Canvassing Board, punched and kicked one of the officials, shouted and banged on their office doors, and generally created a climate of intimidation that caused the board to abandon its recount and accept the dubious pro-Bush tally."

    Where is the proof? This is the same old tired cliche that has been put out there for over 10 years now. GET OVER IT! GORE LOST IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE! This wasn't the first time a President came into office without getting the popular vote and I'm 100% sure it won't be the last either.

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  8. Though I agree with the Electoral College as an institution, I believe the nation should have exhausted every resource to ensure an accurate vote count. And "getting over it" isn't the advice I would use from a conservative viewpoint. How long did it take 'birthers' to accept Obama was an American citizen?

    Incidentally, when electing the leader of the free world, I don't think we should blindly accept results and say "hey, get over it" when the issue was largely in question.

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  9. 1. The system is designed to produce a result. If you do not like that result, then work hard to see that it does not happen again.
    2. If you see the flaw in the system, then work to change the system.
    3. To try to make claims with no evidence to back them up just does not bode well for your credibility.

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  10. Mr. B:
    1. You are being very hypocritical with step one and two.
    2. The guy doesn't need proof because it is everywhere. Everywhere.
    3. PUTTING THINGS IN CAPS LIKE THIS doesn't change anything. It just shows how childish you can get.

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