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The US Presidency - The Oath of Hypocrisy Part 1

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Last Edited: September 9, 2005, 1:34 pm

Some of you blog-readers have expressed a severe disinterest in history. For me, that serves as a red flag. If Americans don’t know their own history there’s no way they can learn from the mistakes and misjudgments of the past.

So, for the sake of education, I’m going to go through a brief, non-partisan history of the pros and cons of the US presidents of recent times.

Roosevelt: The New Deal

The Plus side:

 

“Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt

Tell me why you like Roosevelt, poor man's friend

That's why I like Roosevelt, poor man's friend

That's why I like Roosevelt, poor man's friend

Good God almighty, he's the poor man's friend

“Cause in the year of nineteen and thirty-two

We had no idea just what we would do

All our finances had flowed away

Till my dad got a job with the WPA

“That's why I like Roosevelt, poor man's friend

That's why I like Roosevelt, poor man's friend

That's why I like Roosevelt, poor man's friend

Good God almighty that's the poor man's friend

Good God almighty that's the poor man's friend “

From:

©1974 Jesse Winchester

From the LP “Learn To Love It”

The down side:

Fought the ‘Secret War’ from 1939, to 1941, using US military vessels to support foreign convoys supplying munitions to UK and Soviet Union, in contravention of International Law for Neutral Nations and at a time when the US public was distinctly undecided about whether to enter WWII. The only secret of the ‘Secret War’ was the American public. Everyone else on both sides knew.

Cooperated in secret agreement, August, 1941, with UK Prime Minister Churchill cutting off the Japanese Empire oil supply at Singapore, assuring that the Japanese would attack US holdings. September, 1941, Roosevelt issued a classified warning to US forces in Manila to expect an attack there. That mistake of location almost lost the US war in the Pacific before it began with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. It was clear to Roosevelt that the US public would be unwilling to enter the war unless US holding were directly attacked. He arranged for the attack, but underestimated cunning of the enemy.

Allied the US with the Soviet Union for the duration of the war. Put up with Joseph Stalin’s stalls concerning opening a new front into Manchuria, thereby allowing Japanese troops to be used entirely in China, and on the Pacific Islands, extending the war in the Pacific at the cost of thousands of lives of US servicemen. Participated in the pre-post-war agreement to give Eastern Europe to the Soviets, which was the root cause of the Cold War.

The issue here isn’t whether we should, or should not have entered WWII. The issue is the well-documented record of a President of the US and his administration to deceive US citizens to manipulate public opinion in favor of his own agenda by subterfuge.

The worst thing about the Roosevelt Administration, however, was that during his decade in office he stacked the US Supreme Court with lifetime appointments of innovative readers of the US Constitution, so’s to assure his programs stretching the document to the limit weren’t declared unconstitutional by the high court.

Two of the most divisive results of this free and easy reading of the Constitution can be found in the Miranda Decision (got to read’em their rights), Roe v. Wade (the Constitutional right to abortion). Miranda was a matter for Congress to decide and adopt into the Criminal Code, clearly wasn’t a right given by the framers of the Constitution. The ‘right’ to abortion was an issue for State legislators to decide within their areas of jurisdiction, as well as one for the US Congress. Both were usurped by the US Supreme Court in these two of countless decisions since Roosevelt.

Franklin Roosevelt is the father of litigious America. Father to legions of lawyers hoping and trusting the ‘current court’ will read the Constitution in favor of their clients.

Roosevelt had his strengths and his flaws, same as any other president. But he was the beginning of the King Worshiper phase of American political philosophy that’s become a monster in the US today, and has been encouraged increasingly by every president since, except Eisenhower, Ford and Carter.

Before Roosevelt, Americans recognized each president was just a man, same as them, full of mistakes, flaws, and driven by self-interest. After Roosevelt they were in a habit of thinking they could trust politicians.

In a few days I'll give you Harry Truman.

Jack

Entry #263

Comments

1.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 9, 2005, 4:03 pm
The most catastrophic events of US history, I should have mentioned, have been the result of one branch of the US government usurping the powers of another branch. It could be said that the Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court was the cause of the Civil War. It was certainly the cause of the frustration that led the South to give strong thought to secession.

But Dred Scott, alone wasn't the problem. Lincoln refused to talk with half the senators and representatives of the US about the implementation of Dred Scott for three months prior to shots being fired at Fort Sumter. Half the Congress was absent when the US went to war with itself, so no War declaration by Congress was enacted.

But the question of whether a State could leave the Union was not expressly stated in the Constitution. Certainly the States would have never ratified if they'd believed they could never get back out.

The interpretation of whether or not States that ratified the Constitution would withdraw should have been in the US Supreme Court. Instead, the decision was made unilaterally by Abraham Lincoln, without consulting the half of Congress remaining, the Supreme Court, nor anyone else, since he was refusing to talk about the matter legally, diplomatically, nor any other way.

Jack
2.
TenajComment by Tenaj - September 9, 2005, 9:16 pm
I love history Jack as long as it is true and not bias. Skip to Daddy Bush and George.
3.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 9, 2005, 9:42 pm
Got me smiling again, Tenaj.

But I'm not touching anyone later than Ronnie Raygun. Those latter day guys were all just cheap imitations of the earlier ones anyway.

Harry Truman is a favorite of mine for his strengths and tragic flaws. Ike might have been the best prez in US history because he ended someone elses war, promptly didn't get us into any others, and mostly just played golf and let the government run itself. Visited here in '57, during the snowstorm when the drought broke and so many people were dying... shook a few hands, flew over, and went back where he belonged.

JFK is fun because of the whatchallit dicotomy or dicostomy between the legend and the man, pre-assassination.

Johnson, whew. An inigma inside a puzzle inside whatever else one of those mysteries is inside.

I loves Tricky Dixon... a man with terrible challenges raging inside him, pretty bad prez, but not as bad as he was made out to be, thinks I. Not as bad as, say Kennedy, not even in the same league with Johnson.

Ford was too nondescript not to love.

Carter, good man, I thinks. Unlucky man, picked the wrong time for a man of his sort to be prez. He'd have been okay in the time of Calvin Coolidge or Taft.

And Ronald Raison. Maybe my favorite prez. Tried as hard as any man could. Did enormous good and bad, as you'd expect. Got pilloried for the bad and vilified for the good until he died.

Naw. I gotta run through the string. None of those later ones because all the readers remember them and know more about them than I do.

Jack



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