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Learning From the Worst Presidents. What factors predict lousy presidents to come.
American Thinker ^ | 07/04/2011 | Ron Lipsman

Posted on 07/04/2011 7:27:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 07/04/2011 8:13:10 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

An increasing number of Americans -- and not just conservatives -- are expressing the opinion that Barack Obama's presidency is as calamitous for the United States as was that of Jimmy Carter.  If so, then in the relatively short span of three decades, America has experienced two spectacularly flawed presidencies, each comparable to only a handful that have occurred over the life of the Republic.  Could these two recent tragedies have been predicted?  Are there any identifiable personality traits, past experiences, or political trajectories that might enable voters to foresee impending abject failure in a presidential candidate?


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: potus; presidents
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1 posted on 07/04/2011 7:27:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Bill Wineke writes a column at the CBS site in Madistan Wisconsin. People respond to his communist rantings and he responds back. He wrote this just yesterday:

Barack Obama is the finest President this country has elected since, at least, Franklin Roosevelt. Like Roosevelt, he saved the country from a Republican Depression and, in so doing, rescued the free enterprise system. I really don't think I would put your interpretation of the Constitution up against a former professor of constitutional law.

2 posted on 07/04/2011 7:31:00 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: SeekAndFind

How about we start with virtue?


3 posted on 07/04/2011 7:33:02 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SeekAndFind

Carter was a saint compared to obuttface.


4 posted on 07/04/2011 7:34:00 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: gorush

Obamalini was never a professor. He was a lecturer at UC, and the faculty resented his presence because he got this relatively minor position for reasons unrelated to merit and because they could see that he was an intellectual simpleton by UC standards


5 posted on 07/04/2011 7:36:39 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: achilles2000

I wonder why the list doesn’t include Franklin Pierce. Obama is the closest approximation to Pierce.


6 posted on 07/04/2011 7:45:23 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Too many words for a simple question. Any Democrat will be a fiasco as president. Half of all Republicans will be disaterous. Solution: elect governors with a proven track record.


7 posted on 07/04/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This IS my blog site.)
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To: SeekAndFind
That said, it is the case that (depending on exactly who is on your list), from sometime in the late nineteenth century until the latter part of the twentieth century, there was no individual who ascended to the presidency from (relative) obscurity, in an unanticipated fashion, without sufficient credentials.

The author doesn't know history. What about Pres. Gerald Ford? Never elected to an office in the Executive Branch of government, yet became our 38th president.

8 posted on 07/04/2011 7:52:08 AM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Once again LBJ gets a pass.


9 posted on 07/04/2011 7:53:29 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good a blaster kid.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
Interesting. Many things have changed drastically. The EPA and it overreach of power, the expansion of the welfare class. Madeline O Hare and taking prayer out of schools and it s expansion through our our whole public system, the United Nations, then the World Bank, and the world health organization, and then Bill Clinton gave Yellowstone park to the United Nations and signed the Biodiversity with the United Nations in 1993. and a thousand other cuts into our United States Constitution. We are and have been giving away our sovereignity bit by bit through the liberal agenda. Progressives are very progressive!!!

Father God, help America in this time, forgive us our arrogant ways and transgressions, we repent of the evil we have done against thee Lord, help us to be pleasing in thy sight. Give us wisdom and understanding to do thy will, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

10 posted on 07/04/2011 7:56:15 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: gorush
I find myself studying history more these days. I can no longer discern a difference between the worst and the next worst President. As worst, several have tied.

Obama/FDR/Wilson/LBJ/Carter/Johnson

The party that despises this nation, that wants to shred the Constitution or at least radically reform it, should never be in a position to govern this nation.

11 posted on 07/04/2011 7:59:07 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Islam is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: SeekAndFind

Both Carter and Obama came to office because of failed Republican administrations. For Carter it was Nixon/Ford and for Obama it was Bush’s second term, which with the GOP Congress was a disgusting mess. In both elections the GOP fielded Elitist approved candidates. The Go-along get-along, stay- the - course, Reach across the aisle types when Americans want a change from that. When a people are spiritually hungry even the cheap hash Carter and Obama were dishing out sounded better then the bland cold peas porridge the GOP was offering up.


12 posted on 07/04/2011 7:59:07 AM PDT by MCF
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To: SeekAndFind

What factors predict lousy presidents to come? They’re liberals?


13 posted on 07/04/2011 8:00:30 AM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: Bed_Zeppelin
They’re liberals?

DING DING DING !!! WE'VE GOT A WINNER !!!


14 posted on 07/04/2011 8:02:53 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Louis Foxwell
Too many words for a simple question. Any Democrat will be a fiasco as president. Half of all Republicans will be disaterous. Solution: elect governors with a proven track record

You are exactly correct. The governor doesn't even have to have a perfect record, just a proven one. Governors make mistakes... all of them. But a good governor will turn even his mistakes into positive outcomes. That's the guy I want to be president.

15 posted on 07/04/2011 8:06:34 AM PDT by Guyin4Os (A messianic ger-tsedek)
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the biggest dilemmas our governing class faces is that you never get credit for doing nothing. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best course of action (especially where the economy is concerned). Thus, Coolidge is routinely trashed by liberal historians. By the way, happy bithday, Silent Cal!


16 posted on 07/04/2011 8:09:33 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: Seruzawa

“Once again LBJ gets a pass.”

From the article: “LBJ was an awful president (the legacy of the Great Society and the Vietnam War continue to corrupt America’s soul)...”

That’s a pass?


17 posted on 07/04/2011 8:10:16 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: geologist
Amen.
18 posted on 07/04/2011 8:11:12 AM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Nuc 1.1

Would think that carrying a copy of “The Post American World” would be a hint.


19 posted on 07/04/2011 8:13:57 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Save the planet, destroy the MSM)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Bull crap, jimua carter was a former successful governor, so make that double bull crap. So was bill clitoon!!! Make that triple bull crap
20 posted on 07/04/2011 8:26:02 AM PDT by org.whodat
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