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Best Prez of the 20th Century

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Rather than add another piece to the kite-tail of comments meandering underneath justxploring's blog on racism, I'll add a special place for men I consider special.

Best prez of the US during the 20th Century?

Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Bullmoose.

Next best:

Dwight Eisenhower.

Next:

Jimmie Carter, or Gerald Ford.

Next?

Maybe Ronald Reagan.

 Worst?

Franklin Roosevelt

John Kennedy

Tricky Dixon

The one now and his dad

The one that was between the two

Lyndon Johnson

hmmm who'd I leave out?

The main things the best had in common was honesty and clearly good intentions.  They made mistakes same as the others, but they had the wisdom to appreciate the fact they could do so.  They lacked the arrogance of absolute power.

Jack

Entry #581

Comments

1.
ToddComment by Todd - September 18, 2006, 4:19 pm
I guess Jimmy Carter is in there for shock value.
2.
four4meComment by four4me - September 18, 2006, 5:31 pm
na just an ol penut muncher
3.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 18, 2006, 6:43 pm
Regarding Jimmy Carter, I really like the man, but I've got to agree with Todd. President Carter is a true humanitarian and I appreciated that 18% interest I earned, but Jimmy won't go down in history as being the strongest and most productive American leader.
4.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 18, 2006, 6:48 pm
Justx:

That's one of the virtues of Jimmy Carter. He won't go down in history as being the strongest, most productive American leader. He'll never compare, say, to John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Tricky Dixon, wossname, the guy before this one, or the one now or his daddy where being the strongest and most productive leaders are the measuring stick.

I put a high premium on honesty, integrity, and doing nothing to be remembered by in a prez.

J
5.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 18, 2006, 6:53 pm
Four4me:

Peanut munching ain't a bad prerequisite for the office. Beats the dickens out of just being a professional politician for life, a pretty face, a willingness to do anything to get into the history books.

Peanut munching. Yep, we could do with a lot more of that in our prezes. Keep down the volumn of lies when their mouths are full.

J
6.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - September 18, 2006, 8:20 pm
What I remember about Ike was that he use to like to go golfin a lot.
I was to young then to care about foriegn policy or the cost of living.
Use to live pretty decent back then on 40.00 a week. Had money left in your pocket after expenses.
7.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 18, 2006, 8:22 pm
JAP69-
That's about what I remember about him, too. Good prez, Ike.
J
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 18, 2006, 8:51 pm
Interesting and kind of ironic that we are talking about Jimmy Carter. I remember when he won the
Nobel Peace Prize. That was in 2002. So I guess the Prez who wasn't considered to be strong or effective won the Nobel Peace Prize while the other guy was planning to invade a poor country and drop bombs on them. I wonder which one will be remembered for fighting this "axis of evil" that hovers all around us.

"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." James Earl Carter, Jr.

"There are some who feel like -- that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring 'em on! We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation." George W. Bush

Okay, who is the real "messenger of God" here?



9.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 18, 2006, 9:14 pm
Justx:

I salute you for an original thought.

J
10.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 19, 2006, 1:46 am
Was that sarcasm, Jack? Can't tell. Just curious.
11.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 19, 2006, 7:28 am
Justx:

Sarcasm? Not at all. You thought of a comparison from a direction I wouldn't have thought of it. The thought was from you, as opposed to being fed to you from some political hack.

I appreciate original thinking when I see it, which isn't often enough to suit me.

Gracias,
Jack
12.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 19, 2006, 2:18 pm
Thank you. It honestly was an original thought just off the top of my head when I was reading your Blog, but after I read your comment last night I used Google to make sure I had my facts straight. One article said that the Nobel Peace Prize came only 2 weeks after President Bush was preparing to send troops to Iraq, blah, blah. So one never knows. I think Jimmy Carter deserved the prize considering his continued effort to help the poor and promote peace, but once in a while you've got to wonder if everything is political, and the former President was honored as a way of sticking it to the current one, since he did ignore the United Nations.

This might be a whole new subject. "Is there such a thing as an original thought these days?" I forget who it was, but once a counselor told me that there have been too many people since the beginning of mankind for an original thought to be born. I don't know how many times I've made a joke and heard a similar one on TV. I've even yelled at Jay Leno, "You stole my best line!"

Well, I'll try not to be paranoid any more. I just got blocked for the first time in my entire life. Maybe I already posted that. Thought it was funny, because I'm basically timid and, if you saw me, you could knock me over with a feather. Just struck me as strange since we've been talking about putting up a wall to keep people out. Maybe this will be the new America. You don't like someone or something a person says, writes or looks like, put up a fence. The New Bubble Society (or B.S.)
13.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 19, 2006, 2:22 pm
Justx:
It's an honor to be blocked by a lot of LP members. It means you're living right.

Thanks for the comment and for the original thought.

J

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