The Best and the Worst..

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

If being considered a great president is defined as effective leadership during times of great change or challenging circumstances the following list of the United States top ten presidents may very well be accurate.

10) Lyndon Baines Johnson
9) Thomas Jefferson
8) Franklin Delano Roosevelt
7) William Howard Taft
6) Dwight David Eisenhower
5) James Madison
4) Andrew Jackson
3) George Washington
2) Theodore Roosevelt
1) Abraham Lincoln

Count the number of statist presidents in the top ten. By my count it is five, or 50%.

Now on to the worst American presidents. If ineptitude and lack of leadership is the marker the following list may might be accurate as well. I say might be because it was compiled by U.S. News and World Report.

10) Zachary Taylor
9) (Tie) Herbert Hoover
9a) Richard Nixon
8) William Henry Harrison
7) Ulysses S. Grant
6) John Tyler
5) Millard Fillmore
4) Franklin Pierce
3) Andrew Johnson
2) Warren G. Harding
1) James Buchanan

My personal view is top two best 1) Tomas Jefferson, 2) James Madison and bottom two worst 1) Richard Nixon, 2) Ulysses S. Grant. Of course I'm quite biased not being a proponent of statism in any form.


  1. It's kind of unfair that they put Harrison in the bottom 10 list. I mean, the dude was in office a total of what, 30 days?

  2. And Grover Cleveland absolutely should be in the top 10. The man inherited a mess from Benjamin Harrison (the grandson of the other Harrison) and gradually got the country back onto a solid economic footing. And he also had unimpeachable integrity.


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