AMERICA’S WORST PRESIDENTS
By Jon Christian Ryter
In its Feb. 26 issue, US News & World Report listed—in their view—America’s 10 worst presidents. The list, compiled by their senior editor, Jay Tolson, from the results of 5 presidential surveys lists the least effective presidents rather than the worst. From that perspective, listed as the 8th least effective president was William Henry Harrison who got pneumonia just before the inauguration. He died a month later, becoming the shortest reigning president. The poll picked James Buchanan—the only homosexual to become president—as the worst president because they believed that Buchanan, who preceded Lincoln, had an opportunity to stop the spread of slavery into the western territories but did nothing to stop it. Two of those on Tolson‘s list are on my list: Ulysses S. Grant and Richard Nixon. But, two of those on his “worst” list would be on my “best” list if I had compiled one.
I suspect if US News & World Report compiled a list of the ten best presidents, most of those on my “worst” list would be on their best list. Before considering who would be on my “best” list, let’s look at those who have done the best job of destroying the Bill of Rights or, at least, of abrogating liberty. The president who did the most to marginalize liberty in the United States was Franklin D. Roosevelt.
As the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s first official act —on the day he took office—was to classify the people of the United States as an enemy of the federal government. This was done by covertly rewording the Trading With the Enemy Act of 1917 within the Emergency Banking Relief Act of 1933 in order for the bankers who crashed the stock market in 1929 and brought about a three year recession (that FDR’s manipulations converted into a decade-long depression) to seize the gold possessed by the American people and replace it with debt-backed paper scrip that was redeemable in nothing.
Roosevelt created the unelected bureaucracy that swallowed the accountability factor of the US government. By blaming the bureaucracy for writing regulations that could never have been enacted by an elected legislator who had expectations of getting reelected, the politicians deflected voter accountability. Further, Roosevelt politicized the US Supreme Court in order to drive the ideological agenda of the liberal Congress. But, more than anything else, Roosevelt earned the distinction of being the worst president because, on Nov. 26, 1941 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (in a wiretapped call taped by the Gestapo, Gestapo File #321-41) called FDR to inform him that the Japanese fleet was sailing towards Hawaii to attack the American fleet at Pearl Harbor—and asked Roosevelt to do nothing so the United States could enter the British war against the Axis without any voter backlash in the 1942 midterm election. Knowing Americans were soon going to be killed in a surprise attack, FDR boarded his private train for a belated Thanksgiving celebration in Warm Springs, Georgia. Because FDR deliberately did nothing in order to get the United States into a war America could have easily avoided, 3,219 American navy and army personnel died on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. Another 1,272 were wounded.