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Old 01-20-2013, 07:58 PM  
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Best/Worst Presidents

I've been watching the History Channel a lot this week on their special highlighting all 47 Presidents we've had. It calls itself the "ultimate guide" to the Presidents, but it's mostly a great primer on all the Presidents.

Anyway, it's been a while since we've done this.

But who are the best 5 Presidents in American history in your opinion, and who were 5 of the worst? Do your best to explain.

Also, where would you place our most recent Presidents (because why not): Obama, Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, Reagan, Carter

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:25 PM   #46
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:34 PM   #47
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I don't understand the love affair with Lincoln. He completely ignored the constitution. The man treated the executive branch as a dictatorship. He pushed the country into a civil war. He completely disregarded civil liberties. Lincoln's presidency was the closest this country has ever been to tyranny. Had he not been assassinated, we probably wouldn't be a free country today.


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Old 01-21-2013, 03:38 PM   #48
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I don't understand the love affair with Lincoln. He completely ignored the constitution. The man treated the executive branch as a dictatorship. He pushed the country into a civil war. He completely disregarded civil liberties. Lincoln's presidency was the closest this country has ever been to tyranny. Had he not been assassinated, we probably wouldn't be a free country today.
I would say that I don't understand this view of Lincoln from you, but then, this is the exact same view of Lincoln that a southern, former slave-holder from 1866 held.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:52 PM   #49
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I would say that I don't understand this view of Lincoln from you, but then, this is the exact same view of Lincoln that a southern, former slave-holder from 1866 held.
It was the War of Northern Aggression!
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:57 PM   #50
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Lincoln in best and worst?
Absolutely.

He did great things and terrible things.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:00 PM   #51
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I don't understand the love affair with Lincoln. He completely ignored the constitution. The man treated the executive branch as a dictatorship. He pushed the country into a civil war. He completely disregarded civil liberties. Lincoln's presidency was the closest this country has ever been to tyranny. Had he not been assassinated, we probably wouldn't be a free country today.
Exactly.

Some of those things were awful and great at the same time. Certainly a key figure in the shaping of our country.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:03 PM   #52
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I would say that I don't understand this view of Lincoln from you, but then, this is the exact same view of Lincoln that a southern, former slave-holder from 1866 held.
Not entirely true. Many all over the existing country and territories were torn by what was going on.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:08 PM   #53
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Not entirely true. Many all over the existing country and territories were torn by what was going on.
It's entirely true. That's the same view southern, former slave-holders of 1866 held of Lincoln. It was the same view held by John Wilkes Booth.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #54
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It's entirely true. That's the same view southern, former slave-holders of 1866 held of Lincoln. It was the same view held by John Wilkes Booth.
It was also a view held by people all over the country. Denoting only southern slave-holders is naive and dishonest.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #55
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Exactly.

Some of those things were awful and great at the same time. Certainly a key figure in the shaping of our country.
Well, not a perfect presidency, but by a mile the most challenging one. Even more challenging than Washington. The reason he is ranked so highly is because it's easy to imagine many others that would have failed big time doing what he did. With the magnitude, severity, and importance of his decisions, of course mistakes would be made.

I'm not a fan of Reagan, but that's an interesting presidency in a similar way. I think people wrongly idolize his fiscal policies, but arguably there were few presidents who would have handled the diplomacy to end the cold war the way he did.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #56
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Absolutely.

He did great things and terrible things.
What was terrible?
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What was terrible?
The most destructive war in American history?
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It was also a view held by people all over the country. Denoting only southern slave-holders is naive and dishonest.
Oh sure, some people agreed with southern, former slave holders in 1866 who weren't southern, former slave holders in 1866. In fact, some still do -- like DementedLogic.

What is your point?
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He did that?
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He did that?
Were you wanting to blame Bush?
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