This is a list of Presidents that I've written things on (or collected info about).
Presidents : 10 items
My interest in Honest Abe, was always about the darker parts of his history, that the High School History books skimmed or skipped. People are complex, so the more I heard this caricature of the Greatest American President, the more I wanted to know his humanity. And it turns out that he was a racist orator (just less racist than his contemporaries), with a an ego large enough to get over half a million men murdered (more Americans died in the civil war, than in WWII), and freeing the slaves was a vindictive byproduct of the war his election victory started.
Those are the parts I focus on, the myths about Lincoln, the Civil War and Slavery.
- A list of issues, articles and scandals that pertain to Barack Obama. Again, the point isn't to be fair here: it's to be honest. I don't care how people vote, or who they support. I do care about correcting revisionist history. This isn't meant as a balanced piece to show what good he's accomplished as a politicians or person (there was some, though it is a much shorter list), if you want fawning puff pieces, read/watch the water carriers in the left-wing media.
There's an argument to be made that Hillary isn't responsible for her husband, and to a point that's true. But who you hang around with, are attracted to (and attract), let alone marry and stay married to, also says something about you. So you can't completely separate the Clintons. And while Bill Clinton has had books written about his corruption and bad behavior, certainly things like Bill's dozen or so adventures on pedophile island (riding the Lolita express with Jeffrey Epstein), or Mena scandal, all seem like fair game. Hillary either knowingly looks the other way, or is a blind idiot that shouldn't be in charge of a seating chart. It is hard to argue that she's competent yet unaware, or aware and a moral person.
- A list of articles on Trump, his scandals (real and imagined). My goal isn't to cheerlead or slam, but I am anti-establishment and have the most interest in the parts of the story that the media/left has omitted, and giggle at cry-bullies getting their comeuppance. That's probably too much nuance for many, as anything but rabid attacks make many think I'm a Trump lover. While I wish he was a better behaved champion and didn't get in the mud with the pigs, but if he didn't, he'd be Mitt Romney and he'd likely lose. So they despise him for doing what they do back to them. I don't like either of them, but I like the one fighting for individuals more than the ones fighting to oppress them.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FDR is taught as a liberal caricature of a great man and President. But most of the myths around him, are just that: myths. He was a man of some charm, with few strengths and many flaws. He focused power so that he could abuse it, corrupt, vindictive, liar (betrayed most that trusted him). He ignored the Constitution and his oath of office, many of the countries worst shames happened under his watch (and by his hand/guidance). According to those closest to him, he was a lousy diplomat, a poor administrator, not scholarly, nor thoughtful, well read or even bright. He was people smart (manipulator) that enjoyed playing people/groups off of each other. Other than that, he was likable, mercurial, and aloof.
Jimmy Carter was as inept fool of a President. I'm not saying he wasn't a smart man in other ways, just on domestic, foreign policy, diplomacy, government, human nature, economics, and common sense, he was the dumbest President we had in my lifetime. But other than that, he was a revisionist, the screwed up everything he stuck his nose in. The only thing he's done well is shut up and occasionally help Habitat for Humanity.
My Grandfather once told me back in about 1979. "Richard Nixon was a bastard, but a great President. Jimmy Carter is a good man, but a lousy fucking President. Politicians are corrupt assholes, so they didn't like Nixon, but they understood and could work with him, because he was one of them. But Jimmy Carter was an honest guy, so they didn't understand him and couldn't work with him. You need a corrupt asshole to get anything done in Washington".
- The greatest President of my lifetime. This isn't because I'm a fawning fanboy -- Reagan was flawed. So it's more a testament to the fallibility of the others. But a Presidents job is to inspire, give hope, teach tolerance, demand fairness from other countries (towards Americans or their own people) and just make people feel good. Reagan turned the malaise of Carter into the wonder-years of the 1980's, and by lifting the jack-boot of progressive ideals off taxpayers throats, let the economy roar back to life. He was vilified in his lifetime, but History will remember him fonder. At least for those that can fairly weigh his accomplishments.
- Woodrow Wilson (D), one of the founders of the progressives in America, and definitely in the top few worst Presidents.
This section is not comprehensive analysis of all the complexities of a persons life, but more the points most often brushed over (the counter-balances to the myth-making/propaganda). So these are not meant to be read in isolation, but as complimentary aspects on people (or issues about them) that are on the road that's less travelled.