Most people know Washington was the first president of the United States. But before he became involved in government, Washington had a successful military career.
Detailed Summary Highlights U. Abraham Lincoln, often ranked as one of the three greatest presidents in U. The war nominally ended slavery, but for many decades African Americans experienced only marginally more freedom from bitter white southerners than before their emancipation.
Thomas Jefferson, although a proponent of small government, imposed a trade embargo that curtailed the liberty he championed rhetorically and led to starvation in America.
His unconstitutional approach to making the Louisiana Purchase and his forced relocation of Native Americans to less desirable land farther west set bad precedents for acquiring new territory.
He also set other bad precedents, including unconstitutionally crushing the Whiskey Rebellion. Barack Obama and George W.
Bush are usually considered very different in their political outlooks and philosophies, but their policy track records show striking similarities. As for Barack Obama, this updated edition of Recarving Rushmore rates him as one of the worst presidents in U.
Yet despite significant flaws, to his credit Obama has had the most restrained foreign policy since Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, making his presidency slightly better overall than that of George W.
Synopsis Who were the best and worst U. Recarving Rushmore takes a distinctly new approach to evaluating the presidents. The prejudices that analysts bring to a ranking of the presidents, however, are more complex than that, Eland explains.
Presidents are often judged by their personal charisma, intellect, oratory skill, or management style. Moreover, analysts often overemphasize the importance of presidents who presided before Woodrow Wilson, when the size and scope of the executive branch was much smaller.
More recently, however, presidents have tended to abandon that foreign policy for one of overseas interventionism, a trend Eland views as counterproductive and costly.
In the category of promoting peace, Eland gives his highest rankings to three presidents: Tyler exercised restraint in dealing with an internal rebellion, a bloody Indian war, and a boundary dispute with Canada. In foreign policy, Harding was exceptional, keeping the U.
Hoover, although a proponent of U. Eland gives his lowest peace rankings to six presidents: It is crucial to keep in mind that economic performance during one administration can be determined by policies enacted by prior administrations. Tyler supported a sound policy of limiting the growth of the money supply, and generally opposed high tariffs, a national bank, and federal welfare to the states.
Van Buren showed proper restraint during an economic crisis and worked toward limiting federal and executive power.
Eland gives his lowest prosperity rankings to two presidents: Roosevelt the New Deal, wartime expansion of the state and Lyndon Johnson the Great Society and other federal programs.
Closely behind are William McKinley new taxes, favoritism for select businesses, progressivismWoodrow Wilson Federal Reserve System, Federal Trade Commission, renewed antitrust activism, groundwork for expanded governmentand Harry S Truman Fair Deal, intervention in labor disputes, increased economic intervention.
Preserving Liberty Many presidents have expanded the executive branch beyond what the Founders envisioned. This inflation of presidential power has distorted the original system of checks and balances at the expense of the legislative branches of government, and has resulted in the imperial presidency and the erosion of U.
Eland ranks George Washington as the best president in the category of preserving liberty, with John Tyler and Grover Cleveland tied for second place. Although Washington expanded executive power beyond what the Constitution envisioned, he also limited presidential powers in crucial ways, stepped down after two terms, and ensured the survival of the new constitutional system.
Cleveland pursued benevolent policies toward Native Americans, including trying to protect land in Indian Territory now Oklahoma from white settlers, giving them U. Eland gives his lowest rankings in the liberty category to Woodrow Wilson Palmer raids, Espionage and Sedition Actswith Thomas Jefferson Embargo Act, Indian policy and Harry Truman domestic surveillance, persecution of alleged communists, erosion of constitutional checks and balances tied for the second lowest ranking.
Bush expanded executive power, erosion of civil liberties. Presidents based on the constitutional principles that each swore to uphold. Congressman and candidate for President of the United States. Ivan Eland shatters the grand illusion that great presidents are those who wage war or deprive people of their liberty, either here or abroad.
Recarving Rushmore is must reading. In this well-written book, Eland offers readers insightful surveys of every president from Washington to Obama. Readers will never see the presidency the same way again. The more European-style fascism the better seems to be their criterion.the belief and respect in the united states of American, while supporting its laws and way of life.
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