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Presidents Worth Remembering

We typically are told to curtsy in recognition to the presidency, like peasants to their kings, in tribute to their grandeur and achievements. However, naturally, the presidents picked to praise were tyrants and power-hungry gourmands. Instead, three presidents worth remembering on this day are ones that have been reduced to the dustbin of historical waste. John Tyler, Martin van Buren, and Grover Cleveland—presidents who viewed the presidency with limited powers and reticence—are presidents, I think, that deserve some recognition. (Of course this does not suggest we view these men like angels, but only to observe that, in the course of the presidency, there have been men who respected the Constitution and did not expand their power in office—something you can’t say for the rest of the crooks.)

On Tyler:
http://www.independent.org/blog/index.php?p=9391

On Martin van Buren:
http://mises.org/daily/2201

On Grover Cleveland:
http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/my-kind-of-president/

Some recommended books:

The Cult of the Presidency, Updated: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power by Gene Healy

Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty by Ivan Eland

Reassessing the Presidency : The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedom by John V. Denson