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DP Poll: Who Was Our Best President?

My choices to consider:

George Washington: "Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. "

Thomas Jefferson: "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

James Madison: "Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.......No nation can preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

Calvin Coolidge: "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business."



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My vote would go to Madison

who helped draft the Bill of Rights.

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A Faithful Friend, A Loyal Citizen.
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Coolidge ranks up there, possibly tied with James K. Polk...

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10th President. For bucking his own party.

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Who else

Who else but the one whose name is on my back windshield....
Ron Paul, is my President!

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The one before

George Washington.

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which one

if memory serves,there were four before washington
lol,i do get your point though
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The most famous Presidents...

...tend to be the worst from a libertarian perspective: e.g. Lincoln, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt. Some of my personal favorites are among the least well known: e.g. Van Buren, Polk, Cleveland.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

we had some good ones early on

but I am going with Kennedy eventhough he was cut short I think he really tried to go after the powers that be and gave his life for it. So Kennedy deserves some credit.

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As i look down the list all I

As i look down the list all I see are narcissist who abused the office.

Wilson was awful,

but the title of "worst ever" goes to none other than Abraham Lincoln, because we're still suffering the consequences of his big-government, militarist philosophy:
http://simplefactsplainarguments.blogspot.com/2013/02/5-myth...

I'd like to nominate Grover Cleveland as (one of) the best. Check out a quote from him in this article:
http://simplefactsplainarguments.blogspot.com/2013/03/charit...

Thomas Jefferson, while being my favorite Founding Father, did not live up to his own name as President as much as he could have. He was the absolute best in some regards, and a total disappointment in others.

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James A. Garfield

Good dude.

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Garfield

By most accounts was a gentleman, he did not endorse racism, he battled party bosses, he got shot... the bullet probably wouldn't have been fatal, but his doctor (a pompous ass)thought that Lister was wrong as he probed the wound with his hands and instruments on the floor of a dirty station. They practically invented air conditioning to keep him cool in his room, Bell worked hard to invent a device to find the bullet using induction noise... would have worked too but the pompous Doc only let him check one side of the body.. the wrong one of course... anyway he lived a short life in an amazing time but did no harm as I can see... as President at least...

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Jefferson. Also Jackson.

Jefferson. Also Jackson.

wasnt jackson

responsible for the American Indian hollocaust? I read he was directly responsible for the trail of tears. I would vote him as the most evil. he was hitler of his day

anti-Indian policy was driven

anti-Indian policy was driven by poor white settlers, not the presidents. And it wasn't a holocaust either, it was a fight over unoccupied lands. It was also a fight between individualism and collectivism.

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Hitler of his day? While

Hitler of his day? While Jackson's hostility toward the natives was despicable and bars him from being considered the best ever, it was Lincoln's crony-capitalist policies that directly led to the massive land grab by the railroads in the west and subsequent genocide of native Americans. Jackson was the only president to ever bring down the central bank and kick out the Rothschilds. His time in history was also sandwiched between the likes of Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom make Jackson look like Gandhi and are far more deserving of the title "Hitler of their day."

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I know many people in the

I know many people in the Choctaw Nation and its common knowledge that Andrew Jackson was the most evil entity the American Indians encountered. an entire continent of men women and children mass murdered. The stories I've heard from studying their history will change your mind real quick on that scumbag

I just want to say... this is

I just want to say... this is the Daily Paul at its best. Informative, educated opinions concearning non-mainstream history that many people, even in the liberty movement can learn from.

Thank you all for your insightful comments. I tend to be a fan of Jefferson, but as pointed out, he wasn't as good a president as he was a statesman. Truly I think Franklin Pierce might have been our best, but im just not sure. There's still a lot of learning to do.

Of course no pres is best. :)

Do a ranking of who historians write about

The less is written the more likely they were to have been a good constitutional president.

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The book "Recarving Rushmore"

The book "Recarving Rushmore" used a matrix based on peace, prosperity, and liberty to rank them. The bottom line is that the Presidents who generally vetoed laws, didn't get us into wars, and weren't re-elected were our best Presidents. Great read and a wonderful history lesson on executive power grabs. Wilson was the worst and Tyler the best. But he did say that the chapter hadn't been closed on Bush 2 because the book was published in 2007 or 2008. He did state that Bush is definitely a contender for the bottom 5.

That books sucks, it says

That books sucks, it says Jefferson, Madison and Monroe were horrible presidents. Right.

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I wouldn't say it sucks. I

I wouldn't say it sucks. I really enjoyed the book. It was a marvelous history of US Presidents. I have recommended it to lots of people from all different political spectrums. It is definitely written from a libertarian philosophy, but every author has an axe to grind and even the average person who wants a stronger central gov(tyranny) can enjoy the history in the book.

It does point out that Jefferson ran a military blockade along the eastern coast and people were starving from the shutdown in international commerce due to the enforcement of the Embargo Act. I don't have that the book handy to check. But I don't remember the author giving Jefferson low marks. The two things I remember that he dinged Jefferson on were the Louisiana Purchase and the enforcement of the Embargo Act.

The British were already

The British were already blockading the East coast long before the Embargo Act. Criticizing Jefferson (Madison was really in control most of the 2nd term) would be like criticizing Iran for having an embargo against the US today.

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Can we all agree on Woodrow Wilson

As THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER?

Signed into law:
1. Federal Reserve
2. Income Tax

3. Got us into WW1

I despise that man

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It's hard not to give a three way tie (or maybe 5?)

To Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Bush II, and Obama: They all earned the position in their own way. But Woodrow Wilson made no pretense of support for the Constitution and Bill of Rights, of course, neither have Bush II or Obama.

Absolutely, Wilson was the worst for setting things up, at least in recent history. However, Lincoln actually had a personal income tax set up without an amendment, blockaded the South (an act of war) w/o Congressional approval, denied First Amendment rights and committed other 'war crimes'. So I'd give him the tie, at least with Wilson.(also see the Rebel Poet's comment below.)

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Depends how you judge

It's tough because Woody screwed us pretty hard, but the perceived role of the executive branch has expanded so greatly that I fear several of our recent presidents may have done as much or more damage.

FDR was worse, IMO

The New Deal was about as socialist a policy as one could imagine short of actually abolishing private property. Then he intentionally provoked Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor so that he'd have an excuse to take the country to war, not to mention that he was already illegally fighting the war in the Atlantic months before Pearl Harbor. Plus Japanese internment. Plus the attempt to pack the Supreme Court. Etc.

In my book, Wilson gets second place (which he shares with Lincoln).

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Lincoln was worse. How is

Lincoln was worse. How is going to war with other countries, socializing jobs and savings, and stealing gold worse that declaring war on your own country? Raping and pillaging is worse than alphabet soup. FDR and Wilson couldn't have violated the Constitution if Lincoln hadn't first proven that the feds control life and death and it is impossible to defy them.

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