February 18, 2008

Presidents Day.

Presidents Day would be a good time to take a look at the Presidential ranking game. This list is from the WSJ and others can be found here. You have to take some of these polls with a grain of salt depending on who was surveyed.
I believe that Andrew Jackson is always rated too high due to the Indian Removal Act and the National Bank Issue that sent the country into a depression in 1834. Salmon Ranking would be in the Average range. James Polk is credited with fullfilling Manifest Destinty and spreading the United Stated from sea to shining sea but he also started the Mexican American War which U.S. Grant later characterized as ”the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation." His actions left the door open for Pierce and finally Buchannan to set the nation on course for the Civil War. A Salmon Ranking would also be Average. I would also argue that Kennedy and Johnson were merely average and Carter should be relegated the Failure category.
I can assure you that the fact that the above mentioned presidents were all democrats is pure coincidence.

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