Wednesday, February 07, 2007

There are too many to choose from as the worst President in History unless we include Bush!

John and I received a note for this blog's owner acouple weeks ago. This is a comment from his blog, that caught my attention:

Retrieved from : The Debate Team
There are too many to choose from as the worst President in History unless we include Bush!By an average patriot
Excusing George W. Bush's presidency that appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario.Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history. I believe he will be primarily because everything he has done he has done purposely to create his new order not because of pure ineptitude that is often the case. That aside!The bottom of the presidential barrel, hmm. Was the lousiest James Buchanan, who, confronted with Southern secession in 1860, dithered to a degree that, as his most recent biographer has said, probably amounted to disloyalty. Was it Lincoln's successor, Andrew Johnson, who actively sided with former Confederates and undermined Reconstruction?What about the amiably incompetent Warren G. Harding, whose administration was fabulously corrupt? Or, though he has his defenders, Herbert Hoover, who tried some reforms but remained imprisoned in his own outmoded individualist ethic and collapsed under the weight of the stock-market crash of 1929 and the Depression's onset? The younger historians always put in a word for Richard M. Nixon, the only American president forced to resign from office.Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties -- Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Hoover and now Bush -- have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off. In each case, different factors contributed to the failure: disastrous domestic policies, foreign-policy blunders and military setbacks, executive misconduct, crises of credibility and public trust. Bush, however, is one of the rarities in presidential history:In the 1840's President James Polk gained a reputation for deviousness over his alleged manufacturing of the war with Mexico and his supposedly covert pro-slavery views. Abraham Lincoln, then an Illinois congressman, virtually labeled Polk a liar when he called him, from the floor of the House, "a bewildered, confounded and miserably perplexed man" and denounced the war as "from beginning to end. have had some pretty inept President's and sadly I have to exclude the worst from this list. That said, It is a matter of personal bias I believe if you can come up with the absolute worst unless you can include the hands down winner.James JoinerGardner, Ma

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