Skip to comments.TOP TEN PRESIDENTS ACCORDING TO WATCHMOJO.COM
Posted on 05/27/2014 8:15:45 AM PDT by 7thson
There is an internet site called WatchMojo.com. It has numerous top ten videos - top 10 Queen songs, top 10 nominated actors who never won an oscar , top ten Marvel movies, etc. I like going there to see various top 10 lists and such.
Yesterday while browsing through it, they had a Top 10 U.S. Presidents. I watched it to see if I would be disappointed and to no surprise, I was. Why?
Two things. One - President Reagan was not in their top 10. They had one term James Polk in there - #8 I believe - but no Reagan. The top 3 were #1 Lincoln, #2 FDR, #3 Washington. Second thing - when talking about FDR, they repeat the propaganda that FDR's government intervention and policies ended the Great Depression.
I may still go there from time to time, but it is disheartening to see the statists take over everything.
Last year, there was a poll of the American people ranking the Presidents. Reagan was Number One - as WF Buckley once said, “I would rather be ruled by the first one hundred names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty.”
WWII ended FDR’s depression.
Did they give their reasons why?
Why was Lincoln #1?
Because he waged war to prevent free men from leaving a Union they voluntarily joined?
All FDR basically did was continue the policies already initiated by Hoover.
The rehabilitation of Japan, for instance, was due almost entirely to MacArthur's leadership and the resiliency of the Japanese people and had nothing to do with FDR and his successors other than getting out of the way long enough so MacArthur could accomplish what he did.
Japan ended the Great Depression....................
I’d say he doubled down on it myself with the WPA, CCC, etc.
He may be in 2nd place, now.......................
And Hitler, by basically leaving every industrialized nation, other than the US, completely destroyed. The US was the only industrialized nation standing after the war.
From what I remember on the subject the depression ended because the New Deal had run its course with regards to money being spent and courts overturning FDR’s “laws” before WWII broke out.
George Washington should always be ranked #1 out of respect and by default. There is no question he was the greatest president bar none.
Wilson Most overrated.
I bet Coolidge wasn’t there either, but of course did BJ get a rank?
As you can probably guess, the narrator cited the New Deal and WWII.
When I tell people that they look at me like I just landed from another planet. What is it about the 10th amendment that is so difficult for people to understand?
The federal governments powers are listed to those 17 things listed in the Constitution.
Teddy Roosevelt would have been high on my list. Panama Canal, parks, etc.
That is the way I feel about it. The more you learn about Washington (past all the stereotypical stuff) the more impressed you have to be.
I grant that you have a good legal position, but once the CSA fired on US positions then the Union had every right to invade as a foreign nation and committed a Casus belli. To be honest the CSA states were lucky to be treated as a rebellion instead of a foreign power for the most part.
In his book Rethinking the Great Depression (Chicago: Dee, 2002), Gene Smiley argues that the Depression actually continued well into the 1940's and contends that those who would otherwise be unemployed were in uniform, which created an illusion of prosperity. He argues that the Depression didn't really end until the government downsized itself after the war, when much of the New Deal and the wartime regulatory agencies were scrapped.
providence most definitely... "for such a time as this..."
1 Washington - Duh.
3 Lincoln - Despite many misgivings, a lesser person would have really used the moment to become a dictator.
6 Jackson - For preventing an early version of the Fed from materializing.
8 TR - Before he became an insane “progressive”.
10 Ted Cruz (place on list subject to change as events unfold)
The end of WWII brought it back!
FDR was an incredibly failed POTUS!
Actually, the war based economy was a false economy one dependent on government deficit spending and a depletion of the work force as a result of military service. The economy did not rebound on its own merits until well after WWII.
Well, FDR did his damnedest to get us into WWII, so does that count?
How do we avoid getting into WWII?
You mean the list of negative rights our Benevolent Omnipresent Messiah talked about?
(do I need /sarc?)
Wait, after WWII, the government actually ended some agencies? Is that the first time in its history?
I made sure I swallowed my soda before I clicked on your post, and it was a good thing I did.
I disagree with Jefferson at number 2. His self imposed economic boycott of France and the UK nearly brought the country to ruin. It was one mistake, but boy was it a big one.
Your list resonates.
Jefferson had the vision of the country and he took giant steps to implement that. He was a great mana and a great president.
I remember JFK’s quote when he had some of his cabinet and advisors at the dinner table. “This is the most brain power we’ve had in this room since Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
You got to be kidding me.
Who goes to these sites? The clueless, the zero information doofuses.
The ones who ask, when purchasing something, "which one do you think I should get?"
Lists are arbitrary and a reflection of the person assembling it. Ignorant or informed, it's all the same. People who play that game never need to give any reason for their choices, cogent or otherwise.
Polls are collections of opinions. I have mine.
Who are the top ten presidents?
I can compile a list, but to what end?
What everyone else thinks, I couldn't care less.
Everything you say is correct. I’m just saying that Jefferson’s policy in regards with trade with Europe nearly ruined the country economically, and it was self imposed. A mistake of this magnitude should not be rewarded with a high ranking.
A matter of opinion. "nearly" only counts in horseshoes and atomic hand grenades.
Without the Louisiana Purchase the U.S. as history will know it, would not exist. I won't give reasons, but any informed adult would be able to figure that out.
In comparison, all "mistakes" pale by comparison.
Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan tied for first
The next 17 tied for second.
The next 23 tied for third
Jimmie Carter came in fourth
Barack Insane Odumbo came in fifth.
That was supposed to be the point of the film and book High Fidelity -- that guys rate things from 1 to 10 as a way of thinking that we've imposed order on the disorder that is life.
If forced to rate the presidents, I'd put Washington at number one. I can understand their rating Lincoln and FDR highly. It's more a matter of our making it through devastating crises that could have destroyed the country or turned it into a dictatorship, though, than anything else. Reagan would certainly have to be in the top ten.
Over the years, have seen many top ten presidents lists.
Generally, the top three are George, Abe and Franklin.
Which order depends on the poll. IMO these three had the greatest effect on this country. People are free to argue the merits or demerits of those effects. But one cannot deny that the presidencies of these men drastically altered the course of American History. JMO
I agree. Each of those men changed the course of this nation. But it would be nice for those in charge of the poll to be somewhat honest - I know, wishful thinking - and say that FDR’s policies established a permanent welfare class in America and a change of thinking that government needs to do things for the welfare of the citizens, thus screwing up this nation for the last 70-80 years.