Everything Wrong with the Presidents

I stumbled on a libertarian site which is running a series on Everything Wrong with Every Single President of the United States.

“This will be a sharp departure from your standard presidential histories, rankings, surveys, and biographies. Here, we have no interest in criticizing the man while maintaining ‘respect for the office.’ The office itself is the problem, after all, and practically anyone you could throw into it would make a proper mess of the whole affair… It’s high time to take on the myths, shred them, and finish the job by tackling each and every other president along with the ‘greats.’ No American president has managed to wield the power of their office and do so within the limits of both the Constitution and the rights, liberties, and interests of the people. Even those few presidents who have entered office with the best of records, the best of intentions, and the best of methods have been abject failures in their own ways… Every president was awful. Every president should be remembered as an infamous and immoral rogue who unjustly claimed to rule many millions by arguments no better than magic. Every president deserves either our scorn, our disgust, or at the very least, our criticism; some deserve trials for war crimes and others have escaped all scrutiny by hiding in relative obscurity. No longer.”

To date, these authors have covered the following presidents:

William Henry Harrison (1841)
John Tyler (1841-1845)
Harry Truman (1945-1953)
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
John Adams (1797-1801)
James Buchanan (1857-1861)

While it’s impossible to take seriously the idea that all chief executives were equally bad, these analyses have more merit than those you will find in most books and online, which err on the side of uncritical praise.

The reader may compare these with my own list of baddies, though I’ve done only three so far:

Abraham Lincoln (most overrated)
Andrew Jackson (most dangerous)
Woodrow Wilson (worst of all)

I also did the tenth president, whom I judge to have been excellent — the very best in fact — unlike the authors above who trash him:

John Tyler

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