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Not All Presidents Deserve to be Celebrated
Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2014 | Scottie Hughes

Posted on 02/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PST by Kaslin

Our country has been blessed to be led by great men of intelligence, strategy and ethics. However, our country has also suffered during administrations that were plagued by poor decisions and scandal. Buchanan’s pre-Civil War inactivity, Harding’s Tea Pot Dome scandal, Grant’s bought-off administration, and Johnson’s escalation of the Vietnam War are just a few examples of presidents whose action or inaction in office were harmful for the country they were supposed to be leading.

This Presidents Day, is it fair for Americans to celebrate all of our nation’s presidents the same? Does every president deserve a party or a day of festivity just because they won a national popularity contest, or should Americans take the day to reflect on the good and the bad of each president? A day to study history and the choices the men in the Oval Office made that helped our country and more importantly hurt our country.

Currently, as Republicans continue to investigate, we can be all but certain their efforts will be to no avail. The reason is not because there is lack of evidence, facts or even documents. It is because there will be no witnesses or whistleblowers who will turn against the Obama administration. Unless some brave soul turns against the Chicagoland culture of silence and intimidation, the attorney general will never be forced to bring charges against those at the IRS, and possibly even the White House who directly broke the law by putting the full weight of IRS auditors and bureaucrats on conservative and tea party groups.

The entire investigation into the IRS targeting scandal has been tainted from the beginning. The House committee conducting this investigation will continue to be stonewalled. The "investigator" from the attorney general’s office will do little to seek justice. Barbara Bosserman is a DOJ trial attorney who is a known contributor to both of Obama's presidential campaigns. Ms. Bosserman's appointment makes just as much sense as appointing Chelsea Clinton as head of investigation into Benghazi or Pat Nixon to head the Watergate probe.

In the end, Ms. Bosserman will more than likely conclude that there was a handful of employees out of the IRS’s Cincinnati office that led or conducted a witch hunt on their own. Maybe one or two will be fired, but no one will be prosecuted. Although Lois Lerner is smack in the middle of the investigation, she will not be indicted and prosecuted. According to newly released emails, she was in charge of coordinating the assault on the tea party and other conservative groups. Specifically stated in an email on June 14, 2012 where Lois Lerner was CC’d, the email states clearly that potential regulations of dealing with 501c4 groups were being discussed off plan. Therefore, as the track record with other scandals in this administration, because there is clear evidence of guilt, she will be protected at all cost.

For those who study their history, this investigation was much like the Watergate investigation in 1973. It too was bogged down. The committee investigating the Watergate Hotel break-in was getting nowhere. Many people refer to former Senator Fred Thompson's famous question -- "What did the President know and when did he know it?" as the key comment of the Hearings.

But what broke open the Watergate Investigation and turned the tide of history was not any investigator or member of Congress. It was a White House staffer named Alexander Butterfield. During Butterfield's questioning by the committee, he made the off-handed comment that President Nixon taped all his conversations in the Oval Office. The Committee immediately requested those tapes. This was the "smoking gun" the committee had been looking for.

To put the icing on the cake, John Dean, the White House's chief counsel, turned on the president and assisted the committee in gathering enough evidence to proceed with Articles of Impeachment. The rest as they say is history.

Unlike Watergate, there won’t be a "smoking gun" that comes to light nor will a major player in the White House come forward. President Obama has the advantage of the unflinching loyalty of his staff, especially Attorney General Eric Holder. A loyalty, that if President Nixon possessed among his staff, it would have allowed him to serve the remainder of his term.

Should President Obama really be given the same celebration as President Washington or President Lincoln? Just by reflecting on the details of just one of the major scandals, which have plagued the current administration, it is not hard to conclude whether or not this president deserves merriment. The same goes with President Nixon, as we don't usually celebrate him as one of the stars of our political history.

While to some, Presidents Day might just be a reason to get off work or school, maybe it is time that America uses this day to analyze and reflect on whoever sits in the Oval Office and whether or not their actions one day will be ones that we remember as regretful or respectable.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 0bamaadminscandals; barack0bama; impeachnow; richardnixon

1 posted on 02/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The HORRER!


2 posted on 02/17/2014 2:05:33 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Kaslin

Don’t forget Woodrow Wilson, possibly the worst president in history.


3 posted on 02/17/2014 2:07:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: equaviator

Obama is a PIMP. Thank you, Don Corleone!


4 posted on 02/17/2014 2:07:21 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: equaviator
The HORRER!

I think you meant: The Whorer!

5 posted on 02/17/2014 2:08:29 PM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wilson vs. Obaama. Now there's a debate.
6 posted on 02/17/2014 2:09:40 PM PST by fhayek
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To: cloudmountain

We don’t have a president.

We have an illicit, illegal, illegitimate squatter. Oh, and he’s a POS, too.


7 posted on 02/17/2014 2:10:09 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: workerbee

I dislike muslims, illegal aliens, and Marxists. Unfortunately, our president is all three.


8 posted on 02/17/2014 2:12:27 PM PST by fhayek
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To: fhayek

As much as I despise Wilson, he’d clean Obama’s clock, if he actually deigned to debate a mulatto, which I doubt he would.


9 posted on 02/17/2014 2:13:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, I meant the debate as to who was the worst president.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 2:14:35 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Kaslin
This Presidents Day, is it fair for Americans to celebrate all of our nation’s presidents the same?

Officially there is no such thing as "Presidents Day".

This Holiday is still officially the celebration of George Washington's Birthday.
In my opinion, that is fitting and how it should remain.

"Contrary to popular belief, neither Congress nor the President has ever stipulated that the name of the holiday observed as Washington's Birthday be changed to "President's Day."

Read more about it here:

http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/washington/


11 posted on 02/17/2014 2:18:47 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wilson was certainly one of the worst, but not as bad as Buchanan, LBJ or BO.

Buchanan wasn't bad because of what he didn't do so much as what he did-- waging war on Indian tribes and religious groups which meant the U.S.A. no harm and carrying on with his 'Nancy Boy' behind the scenes.

Harding gets a black eye for improper supervision which led to the Teapot Dome scandal, but he deserved kudos for the far more important accomplishment of leading the country out of Wilson's postwar recession.

12 posted on 02/17/2014 2:19:19 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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13 posted on 02/17/2014 2:22:13 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: rjsimmon

Yeah, that’s it.


14 posted on 02/17/2014 2:37:34 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Don’t forget Woodrow Wilson, possibly the worst president in history.

I agree.

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.



15 posted on 02/17/2014 2:38:49 PM PST by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: Kaslin

How long before we declare Aug 5th a new fed holiday?

“Baraq H. Obama Birthday and Ramadan Conclusion”


16 posted on 02/17/2014 2:39:15 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: cloudmountain

“I don’t want anything to happen to him...while my mother is alive.”


17 posted on 02/17/2014 2:45:52 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: nascarnation
How long before we declare Aug 5th a new fed holiday?

“Baraq H. Obama Birthday and Ramadan Conclusion”

THAT'S IT !!!

That is where I draw the line.

I am not flying the Kenyan flag at my house no matter what the Feds order us to do.


18 posted on 02/17/2014 2:47:44 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Iron Munro

“Officially there is no such thing as “Presidents Day”.”

All veterans get one day. All Presidents get one day.

Well, they had to steal/consolidate Washington’s/Lincoln’s birthday to make room for a philandering, communist, draft-dodging/’conscientious objector’ low-life who never held elective political office, didn’t they?

Wasn’t that the right thing to do? /s


19 posted on 02/17/2014 2:51:34 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: Kaslin

George Washington is the only president that should be honored with a national holiday. If it were not for George Washington, we would not have a United States of America. You can’t say that about any other President.

Happy George Washington’s Birthday!


20 posted on 02/17/2014 2:56:44 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Kaslin

Just to clarify things, it’s George Washington’s birthday, it’s not President’s day. Geez.


21 posted on 02/17/2014 3:44:36 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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Thanks Kaslin.
Currently, as Republicans continue to investigate, we can be all but certain their efforts will be to no avail. The reason is not because there is lack of evidence, facts or even documents. It is because there will be no witnesses or whistleblowers who will turn against the Obama administration. Unless some brave soul turns against the Chicagoland culture of silence and intimidation, the attorney general will never be forced to bring charges against those at the IRS, and possibly even the White House who directly broke the law by putting the full weight of IRS auditors and bureaucrats on conservative and tea party groups.

22 posted on 02/17/2014 4:16:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: P-Marlowe

Had Lincoln not defeated the Southern Rebellion it is very possible that the USA would not have survived.


23 posted on 02/17/2014 4:34:09 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: equaviator
Michael turned out to be a clone to his grandpa. He had his own Lucca Brazi
Some people don't believe that the Mafia still runs the Nevada gambling. I remember seeing a big limo in Las Vegas. It's license plate read: SICILY.
Is that a cue bid or what? :o)
24 posted on 02/17/2014 4:44:57 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: workerbee
We don’t have a president. We have an illicit, illegal, illegitimate squatter. Oh, and he’s a POS, too.

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...who was legally elected TWICE!!

I can understand the FIRST election. Who knew he'd be such a jackass? But RE-ELECTION? SHAME on the Democrats and MORE shame on any Republican who voted for him.

25 posted on 02/17/2014 4:55:08 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
legally elected

An illegal, illegitimate candidate cannot be legally elected.

And as much as I despise conspiracy theories.... well, don't get me started on the REelection.

26 posted on 02/17/2014 4:58:43 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: cloudmountain

Whatever it was, the car’s owner(s) probably didn’t care too much what anybody else thought about it...which reminds me of Obama and his style of governance.


27 posted on 02/17/2014 5:13:55 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Kaslin; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; sickoflibs; NFHale
However, our country has also suffered during administrations that were plagued by poor decisions and scandal. Buchanan’s pre-Civil War inactivity, Harding’s Tea Pot Dome scandal, Grant’s bought-off administration

Tea pot dome scandal aside, Harding was a fantastic President compared to most of his successors and should not pointed to as a failure like that worthless swine Buchanan.

28 posted on 02/17/2014 8:27:09 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

I’ve said I’ve always felt bad for Buchanan. He was in an untenable position, with nearly half of his party supporters ready to bolt with secession. He did crack the whip once he no longer had to placate them in the very last part of his term. Had his opponent, Frémont, won in 1856, the war would’ve occurred 4 years earlier and there’s no telling how he would’ve handled it.


29 posted on 02/17/2014 8:39:19 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican

I have no sympathy for that turd burglar. That nutcase Andrew Jackson would have whooped them rebs before they got started.

One could easily peg Buchanan as the worst President of the 19th Century. To whom would you give that dishonor?


30 posted on 02/17/2014 8:49:41 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Well, Jackson was dead by then, so that wasn’t an issue. I don’t know if I can come up with a definitive “worst” of the 19th century. Pierce was equally a pitiable figure, and between dealing with the horrible loss of his son and his wife’s jet-black depression over it (and that he was plastered for much of his term), I tend to cut him some slack.

Jackson himself might be up for worst, because he was too temperamentally unsuited to serve (and his wife died right after the election from the stress of the campaign). His actions also helped in de-unifying the South politically (in the post-Era of Good Feelings) and that of the Democrat Party after the collapse of the Federalists. Andrew Johnson also didn’t handle things well, either (but the impeachment proceedings represented an overreach). Grant’s administration was corrupt, and I’m not sure his serving as President was a good idea (Ohio’s John Sherman was probably a better bet, and he had the experience and problem-solving abilities, but he lost at the conventions).


31 posted on 02/17/2014 9:05:16 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Kaslin

“...Should President Obama really be given the same celebration as President Washington or President Lincoln?..”

Umm...wait, let me guess...

Clearly, No.


32 posted on 02/18/2014 5:24:41 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Johnson, yes he stunk. I'd have done the prudent thing and voted to remove him.

1 vote from the White House!

33 posted on 02/18/2014 9:47:13 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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