According to a Gallup poll
released yesterday, Americans appear to be under the impression Ronald Reagan is the greatest U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln coming second 5 points behind.
I had difficulties believing the results at first but looking at historical scholar rankings on Wikipedia
, Ronald Reagan seem to have been consistently climbing in the ratings since the beginning of the 21st century. Now, I could start a lengthy post about the issues I have with his presidency and what I consider inflated claims by today’s conservatives but what would be the point? I’ll instead take a quick look at some of his predecessors.
John F. Kennedy: The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Space Race.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Interstate Highway System.
Harry S. Truman: The Marshall Plan, the founding of the United Nations and the use of the atomic bomb on Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: The New Deal, Social Security. World War II.
Theodore Roosevelt: Youngest President at 42, instrumental in the completion of the Panama Canal, first American to win a Nobel Prize with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese war.
Thomas Jefferson: The separation of Church and State, the Louisiana purchase
Abraham Lincoln: the Civil War, the Gettysburg address, the abolition of slavery.
And if none of these mattered, George Washington who as the first President of the United States defined the presidency as we understand it today.
I’m not implying Ronald Reagan had no accomplishments during his terms in office but what exactly did he do that easily tops putting a man on the moon, abolishing slavery, leading the nation through the greatest war the world has ever known or through a civil war? What gut wrenching decision did he take that came remotely close to the use of the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki or writing a response to Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile crisis?
This poll shows a terrible contempt for history and I find it troubling.
Food for thoughts. Tomorrow morning, Barack Obama will be on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”, John McCain will be on “Face the Nation”, Joe Biden will be on “Meet the Press”. Sarah Palin? The McCain campaign is so convinced they are winning this election, they already sent her to Dick Cheney’s bunker.
I have a feeling whoever is usually writing the talking points took the weekend off.
CNN entertainment is proud to report
the GOP will have its own share of stars during its convention including Rage Against the Machine
. I hope someone gave them the heads up because here is the beginning of their performance for the DNC in 2000.
The same nice guys who brought you “Testify”, making clear at the time, they didn’t see any difference between Bush and Gore.