Skip to comments.Learning From the Worst Presidents. What factors predict lousy presidents to come.
Posted on 07/04/2011 7:27:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFindEdited 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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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.
How about we start with virtue?
Carter was a saint compared to obuttface.
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
I wonder why the list doesn’t include Franklin Pierce. Obama is the closest approximation to Pierce.
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.
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.
Once again LBJ gets a pass.
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.
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.
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.
What factors predict lousy presidents to come? They’re liberals?
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.
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!
“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?
Would think that carrying a copy of “The Post American World” would be a hint.
Thomas Jefferson, Third President: “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them...If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them [around the banks], will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
James Madison, Fourth President, 1792: “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
Franklin Pierce, 14th President 1854:
“[I must question] the constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those ï¿½ who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy ... I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.”
Grover Cleveland, 22nd President 1887: “I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.”
Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural, 1981: “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
That’s exactly what the democrats are doing... Nothing, and hoping the GOP goes out front so they can blame them for further economic collapse. Which they themselves are responsible for and is sure to come.
Here is an experiment, ask your family, friends, and coworkers when the last budget federal passed. In my case, 100% didn’t know. The left and the MSM are setting up the narrative that the 2010 republican’s are destroying the economy and if we don’t get the truth out, everyone will believe it.
Calvin Coolidge said, “the business of America is business” and the Roaring Twenties lived up to its name with skyrocketing prosperity. Silent Cal attended every banquet function to which he was invited and merely remarked, “a man’s got to eat”.
He did relatively nothing and absolutely no harm.
Progressivism on both sides of the aisle.
Jimmy Carter was the result of Nixon screwups.
Barack Obama was the result of George Bush not being willing to stop government spending.
With apologies this President was omitted. Even Obama has not yet done the limbo like him.
A poll out Wednesday finds that 67 percent of those surveyed disapprove of President Bush.
Five years after he green-lighted the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, President Bush faced strikingly low approval ratings as he reaffirmed his commitment to “accept no outcome but victory” in the war.
Just 31 percent of Americans approve of how President Bush is handling his job, according to a poll released Wednesday, the anniversary of the start of the conflict in 2003.
Sixty-seven percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey disapprove of the president’s performance.
The 31 percent approval number is a new low for Bush in CNN polling and is 40 points lower than the president’s number at the start of the Iraq war.
You are not watching. I specifically excluded all democrats.
Obama could not have been more obvious about being a lousy President during the election unless “lousy POTUS” were tatooed on his forehead.
“which with the GOP Congress was a disgusting mess.......”
Sorry Charlie, in 2006 the Democrats won a huge majority in both the House and the Senate, and in 2008 won super-majorities in both chambers of Congress....The sorry state of the United States lays at the feet of Reid and Pelosi from 2007 on till 2011.....
....just as the roaring 1990’s, from 1994 till 2001 lies at the feet of the Republican Congress led by Gingrich and Lott........ Clinton, busy chasing interns and other strange stuff had little to nothing to do with it.......
Obama is an epic failure, but let’s not forget that the US Congress has a larger impact on the final policies of the Government.......
Despite the popular focus on the presidency, our best interest lies in electing “Big C” Conservatives into the national legislature.....JMHO.
Get one that was born in February. That almost always works.
Avoid ones born in August. That never works.
RE: Get one that was born in February.
I’ve spoken to many conservatives and libertarians in the South who claim that a certain President born in February in the 19th century started the trend towards weakening the rights of states.
“..... of George Bush not being willing to stop government spending......”
Shame on the Democrat Congress for using the continuation of the war on terror as a vehicle to expand their social/entitlement spending. Bush needed bigger nads to deal with the final Dem majority Pelosi/Reid Congress.
Vote em out.....vote em all out! (even your congressman/senator) Dems/RINOs/Independants..l.....color them gone!
What factors predict lousy presidents to come? Well duh!! If they are democrats or RHINOS seems to be a pretty good indication.
Sometimes I think some of these articles are complete satire, just to get people riled up. You need some factors for who would be a lousy president: spends entire life surrounded by communists/radicals/progressives; raised by a pedophile; no one knows where you’re born; no one knows where you went to school or what your grades were at these alleged schools; you make any and every attempt to hide your past; you vote present, or don’t vote at all throughout your entire political career; you never once, sponsored or wrote one piece of legislation, state or federal; you lie every chance you get; you are incapable of speaking to anyone without a teleprompter; you cannot pronounce common words in the English language; you give shout-outs at a disastrous time, after some muslim POS kills a bunch of folks; you campaign that it is your goal to bankrupt an industry, that is vital to the US; you give a job to a man that advocates relationships between men and boys and gives seminars on ‘fisting’ your partner; you bow to tyrants and dictators; you have no f**king clue and have proven it over and over; the only reason you went overseas during the campaign was because you were called out on not doing it....what else did I forget? This moron makes Carter look like a stud..
There are four temperaments: artisans, guardians, rationals, and idealists. No idealists have been president. There have been good and bad presidents from the other temperaments.
1) antifreedom: altruism, collectivism, statism, socialism
2) profreedom: rational egoism, individualism, limited government, capitalism
At Obama’s press conference, he said he wouldn’t put on his constitutional law professor hat to deal with some issue. I forgot the issue at hand. However, Obama himself continues to push the “big lie” that he was a constitutional law professor. It’s been part of the narrative of his life, and critical masses of people believe this big lie.
When history looks back at Obama (and his many scandals are known) history will brand Obama as the worst president of all time—what has he done save for giving the nod to kill UBL? He will be the man who over saw the decline of America in the world. They will write Operas over his scandals. He will make Nixon look good.
And then part of Obama’s appeal was the historic candidacy of the first serious black candidate to run for president. Plus he was said to be so eloquent and charismatic. I never perceived it, but lots of people did. Such hokey speeches about stopping the rise of the oceans and allowing the planet to heal may not have the same effect in 2012.
One major factor with Obama was the fact that he never had any executive or management experience, in any previous job, before becoming president.
Obama doesn’t know how to be a leader, how to be a manager, how to delgate authority, how to run an office, or the thousand other lesser skills which seasoned executives and managers have.
It’s shocking in retrospect that the very first management experience for Obama is in his current job as president. Heck at least Jimmy Carter had been a one term state governor and had some experience there.
I’d throw in Nixon and Ford and a couple of NWO Bush’s and a NWO Clinton in to the bunch of sorry Presidents.
Oh, as in the successful former governor of Maryland, Spiro T. Agnew, actually a form governor does not mean that much. Other than they put their drawers on just like you.
He’s got to be in the 5 worst. Cripes the Great society is still destroying us. The Vietnam War was chickenfeed in comparison.
Let the record show it was, I believe, a dem congress the last two years of Bush’s second term.
I was correcting what I believed to be a factual error in the post I responded to; glad to allow you an opportunity for a Bush rant, though.