Published: Monday, July 14 2014 2:55 p.m. MDT
The American people know nothing about history, which they demonstrate when
asked their opinion on historical matters.
The recent poll suggesting Obama was the worse president is worthless. That
poll could have been taken of almost every president sometime during their term
or terms. Give it 20 years and then a more definitive poll can be taken. Polls
all depend on how the questions were asked. With all the negativity the
republicans are spewing out right now and the gullibility of our population it
is not surprising that the results are what they are. FOX news is probably the
most biased of all the news organizations. The truth is not in them.
The father of a close friend of mine was in Eisenhower's cabinet, who
described Eisenhower as aloof, uninterested, unwilling to make decisions, "a
successful military general who was a terrible president".Lincoln dithered and was very indecisive while the southern states seceded
from the union, until a Union general named Benjamin Butler repeatedly queried
Lincoln about what to do with escaped slaves who wanted sanctuary in a union
fort. Unable to get a response from Lincoln, Butler invented the
term "contraband" and gave refuge to the slaves because he feared they
would be used against his men if/when hostilities broke out. Lincoln eventually
acknowledged the Civil War was about slavery, and the rest is history.Being president is a very, very tough job. Reagan may have been so successful
because - as we learned in hindsight - he really wasn't fully
I concur that public opinion polls are a miserable way to measure effectiveness.
I suspect that the example of Truman will also apply to Obama. Obama faced the
second worst economic disaster in over 100 years, inherited, like FDR, from a
Republican, hyper-business friendly administration that did poorly in handling
excesses. Foreign policy, two wars, was also unprecedented. But one thing no
prior President faced, as far as I know, was the opposition party irrationally
swearing to ensure the defeat of the incoming President, perhaps the only
promise that the Republicans have kept the past 5 1/2 years. Never have I seen
a political party subvert the interests of the nation as I've seen with the
GOP. In the past, I've supported people in both parties. But the past few
years has put me solidly in the camp of the anti-GOP. And they are only getting
worse. In the end, history will judge Obama well due to the mess he faced,
despite the hyper-partisan screaming we are hearing now.
Jimmy Carter should be very grateful to Barack Obama for taking over his spot in
I think Obama will be remembered as a great president. He surmounted
overwhelming odds from his childhood. He piloted us out of the worst economic
disaster (Republican-caused) in nearly century. He extricated us from stupid,
wasteful, disgraceful wars (Republican-caused). He presided over a historic rise
in market values after the market collapsed (Republican-caused). He is making
affordable, modern health care for all a reality (unlike Republicans, who have
done exactly nothing to make that happen). And he has done all this in the face
of horrendous, racist, mean-spirited opposition from the worst of the worst in
this country. I admire him and I think future generations will, too.
Excellent insight by Senator Bennett. Outside of talk radio and Fox News the
recent poll holds little relevance. It just served as raw meat for the
anti-Obama crowd to feast on.
Presidents during my lifetime:Roosevelt—Adulterer; imprisoned
thousands of innocent Japanese Americans; Yalta disaster.Eisenhower—Nuclear tests in Nevada that sickened and killed thousands of
citizens. But the interstate was a great idea. Also, got us out of Korea.Kennedy—Adulterer; committed troops to Viet Nam. Playboy
president.Johnson—Adulterer; Viet Nam. Nixon—Watergate cover-up cost him the presidency. But in other ways he
wasn't too bad.Ford—Pardoning Nixon was wise but it cost
him the presidency.Carter—Inept.Reagan—“Tear down this wall;” wouldn’t buckle to
Russian pressure. Probably best president in my life time. Bush
I—Knew how to get out of a war. Not much vision.Clinton—Adulterer; liar. Who knows how much damage was done to the
general character of the American people especially our youth because of his
awful example.Bush II—Inept. Republican house and senate but
did nothing about gay marriage or abortion. Iraq quagmire. Economic disaster.Obama—Liar; Obamacare mess; Benghazi cover-up; provided guns to
criminals; border is now a conduit; horrible cross-party relationships;
arrogant; still blames his mistakes on others.No wonder our country
is a mess.
History will be even less kind to Obama than the present polls.His
administration:*Ran guns to Mexican cartels*Used the power of the
IRS to suppress political opponent groups*Abandoned Americans, including
an Ambassador, to die at the hands of militant terrorists in Benghazi and then
blamed the attack on a video when he knew it wasn't true.*Pushed
socialized medicine on Americans when the majority of Americans never wanted it,
and also lied blatantly to Americans about being able to keep their doctor*Used the NSA to spy on Americans at unprecedented levels.*Created a
"kill list" of people targeted to be killed by the government.Had
he been a Republican instead of the media's darling, he'd have been
impeached and run out of office in disgrace long ago.
Senator Bennett's thesis is accurate.
I suspect that 20 to 30 years down the road, when the ongoing Republican tantrum
is largely forgotten, history will be kind to Obama. That he was able to push
health-care reform through despite an opposition party sworn to destroy him, and
that his policies helped stabilize an economy in free-fall will rate high. So
will his efforts to get us out of two idiotic wars.A comment on
Reagan. He was a fine actor, but his abysmal understanding of economics has
saddled us with the mess we now enjoy. Supply-side economics was and is a
disaster, but the GOP can't seem to find an alternative. They keep beating
the same dead horse. Last Friday, for instance, the House passed a bill that
would cut taxes on corporations to the tune of $287 billion, with no offset at
all. Their theory? This will induce corporations to create jobs. Really?
Corporations are already sitting on piles of cash. They don't hire because
there is insufficient demand. No amount of supply-side subsidy will fix this.
Shane333,Please turn off Faux News and conservative talk radio.
It's obviously affecting your perception of reality.
"The American people know nothing about history..." when they disagree
with your personal opinion.
It is hard to defend Obama because he has no experience to prepare him for the
job and his only way of solving problems is deliver speech and demonize those
that He suppose to with with.
No one outside of Reagan cheerleaders believes he had anything to do with walls
coming down or the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read a history book from any
western European (friendly) nation. We inflate our role. Reagan isn't even
mentioned. The fact that technology allowed people behind walls to see that
their leaders were lying to them about the other side of the wall brought the
The ongoing coronation of St. Ronnie.
The ongoing coronation of King Obama on the comment boards.
Owen: Then why are there statues of Ronald Reagan in Warsaw, Budapest,
Bucharest, and Prague? I have seen all four of them. He is a genuine hero to
the people of these former Soviet satellites.In addition, I was in Poland
this past April. Obama has very little respect among Polish citizens, and
because of his lies, he is greatly distrusted.
Shane333: You spoke my mind exactly. Thank you!And, no one president
has divided this country politically, economically, and culturally as Obama!We need to turn to God and pray for the Constitution and America!
Hey JSB -"Reagan—“Tear down this wall;”
wouldn’t buckle to Russian pressure. Probably best president in my life
time. "WRONG. Reagan was this nation's very WORST
president, at least since Warren Harding."Tear down this
wall?" Do you actually think Reagan came up with that? He didn't. He
was primarily and actor, who PRETENDED to be Presidential. His Plutocratic
Handlers gave this Alzheimer's-ridden President lines to recite, and he
obediently recited them. He was good at it.It's quite telling,
don't you think? . . . That the the best president in history, according to
"Conservatives," couldn't remember to put his pants on in the
morning.Reagan was in actually a HORRIBLE president. He set this
nation back, and we have never recovered.He set the Precedent for
deficit spending by TRIPLING the debt.And his policies were moronic.
Only through blind luck did the economy rebound during his Presidency, thanks
to the fact that the price of world oil dropped to less than 1/3 of what it had
been during the Carter administration.
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