Friday, August 13, 2010

Conservative Bloggers Rate 25 Worst Figures In American History

John Hawkins sent out a link to the results of a poll of conservative bloggers and who they thought were the 25 worst figures in American history. Hawkins posted the results here, and further says that he doesn't agree with the outcome in his email announcing the results.

The results (culled from 43 bloggers):
23) Saul Alinsky (7)
23) Bill Clinton (7)
23) Hillary Clinton (7)
19) Michael Moore (7)
19) George Soros (8)
19) Alger Hiss (8)
19) Al Sharpton (8)
13) Al Gore (9)
13) Noam Chomsky (9)
13) Richard Nixon (9)
13) Jane Fonda (9)
13) Harry Reid (9)
13) Nancy Pelosi (9)
11) John Wilkes Booth (10)
11) Margaret Sanger (10)
9) Aldrich Ames (11)
9) Timothy McVeigh (11)
7) Ted Kennedy (14)
7) Lyndon Johnson (14)
5) Benedict Arnold (17)
5) Woodrow Wilson (17)
4) The Rosenbergs (19)
3) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (21)
2) Barack Obama (23)
1) Jimmy Carter (25)

This wouldn't be my list. It's way too soon to tell if President Obama is worthy of being on the list. His signature accomplishments haven't even been fully enacted yet and only time will tell if that happens in the form as originally constituted.

You've got truly treacherous figures like Ames, the Rosenbergs, Arnold, who correctly deserve to be on the list. John Wilkes Booth deserves to be on the list.

It's notable that FDR came up as often as it did, considering that his policies helped win WWII. It was his foresight that saw the US begin to build up its paltry military capabilities, Lend Lease, and set in motion the Manhattan Project that helped end WWII. There were multiple problems with his court packing scheme, and vast expansion of the Executive, but that too is a failing of Congress to limit his powers. Every president since FDR has benefited from FDR's vision for the Office of the President.

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