This is from three years ago, but since people are taught red, white, and blue cardboard for history, this is a public service.
It's not a real President's birthday (Lincoln was the 12th, Washington
is the 22nd), but everyone wants a day off, so sorry Abe and George, but
we're taking it today. But in the spirit intended for the holiday, let
me offer up Borepatch's bestest and worstest lists for Presidents.
#5: Calvin Coolidge
Nothing To Report is a fine epitaph for a President, in this day of unbridled expansion of Leviathan.
#4. Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson is perhaps the last (and first) President who exercised
extra-Constitutional power in a manner that was unambiguously beneficial
for the Republic (the Louisiana Purchase). He repealed Adam's noxious
Alien and Sedition Acts and pardoned those convicted under them.
#3. Grover Cleveland.
He didn't like the pomp and circumstance of the office, and he hated the
payoffs so common then and now. He continually vetoed pork spending
(including for veterans of the War Between the States), so much so that
he was defeated for re-election, but unusually won a second term later.
This quote is priceless (would that Latter Day Presidents rise so
high), on vetoing a farm relief bill: "Federal aid in such cases
encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the
Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character."
#2. Ronald Reagan
He at least tried to slow down the growth of Leviathan, the first
President to do so in over half a century (see entry #5, above). He
would have reduced it further, except that his opposition to the Soviet
fascist state and determination to end it cost boatloads of cash. It
also caused outrage among the home grown fascists in the Media and
Universities, but was wildly popular among the general population which
was (and hopefully still remains) sane.
#1. George Washington
Could have been King. Wasn't. Q.E.D.
#5. John Adams.
There's no way to read the Alien and Sedition Acts as anything other
than a blatant violation of the First Amendment. It's a sad statement
that the first violation of a Presidential Oath of Office was with
#4. Woodrow Wilson.
Not only did he revive the spirit of Adams' Sedition Acts, he caused a
Presidential opponent to be imprisoned under the terms of his grotesque
Sedition Act of 1918. He was Progressivism incarnate: he lied us into
war, he jailed the anti-war opposition, he instituted a draft, and he
was entirely soft-headed when it came to foreign policy. The fact that
Progressives love him (and hate George W. Bush) says all you need to
know about them.
#3 Lyndon Johnson.
An able legislator who was able to get bills passed without having any
real idea what they would do once enacted, he is responsible for more
Americans living in poverty and despair than any occupant of the White
House, and that says a lot.
#2. Franklin Roosevelt.
America's Mussolini - ruling extra-Constitutionally fixing wages and
prices, packing the Supreme Court, and transforming the country into a
bunch of takers who would sell their votes for a trifle. At least
Mussolini met an honorable end.
#1. Abraham Lincoln.
There's no doubt that the Constitution never would have been ratified if
the States hadn't thought they could leave if they needed to. Lincoln
saw to it that 10% of the military-age male population was killed or
wounded preventing that in an extra-Constitutional debacle unequaled in
the Republic's history. Along the way, he suspended Habeas Corpus,
instituted the first ever draft on these shores, and jailed political
opponents as he saw fit. Needless to say, Progressives adore him.
So happy President's Day. Thankfully, the recent occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue haven't gotten this bad. Yet.