Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life

By , on June 24, 2012

Miscellaneous Comment

My five least favorite presidents in reverse order are:

Barack Obama Our prestigious law professor president who taught at a prestigious law school and forgot that the federal government was supposed to enjoy only those powers enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. His interpretation of the commerce clause is not consistent with limited government. If the individual mandate of the health care act had been upheld by the Supreme Court based on the Commerce Clause as he supported, we would have had a government with unlimited power except where that power was not specifically granted by the Constitution. That is completely backwards, a departure from the principle of a limited federal government.

He has kept us in two wars for way too long, as well.

Jimmy Carter  A pacifist who let his strong personal beliefs impair the perceived strength of the United States by our antagonists. Sometimes there is less violence if your enemies believe there will be a strong response to their bad choices.

Richard Nixon  The Watergate cover-up was unconscionable. The man had no notion of being subject to the laws that all of us must follow as citizens.

Franklin D. Roosevelt  He did two things (at least) that caused irreparable damage to the United States. The Social Security Act was a good idea, but its funding, with the young paying for the old instead of transitioning to a vesting system set us up for the funding problems we now face. The second decision harmed the environment by diverting the waters of the Columbia River, and killing the largest of the salmon varieties on the face of the earth. He was instrumental in the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam.

Number Five  I am open to your suggestions.



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