Happy Presidents’ Day!!!

Posted: February 17, 2014 in history, Uncategorized
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So today is Presidents’ Day and I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a quick shout out to some of our most awesomest rulers to date. Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I tend to agree. The only question is are these men bad dudes who rise to power? Or does the power pervert normal politicians? Does it matter? I guess that was three questions. We have had several good Presidents throughout our history but that’s a boring topic. Today I want to celebrate Presidents’ Day by telling you about the bad ones. Some of these will surprise you.

The most obvious of the bad Presidents to liberty and prosperity lovers are W. and Obama. Both have helped to irresponsibly run up our national debt to $17 trillion with zero hope of ever paying it down. This in itself solidifies them both at or near the top of our dubious list. Our children and their children after them and so on will be saddled with this burden. The unfunded liabilities estimates exceed $127 trillion. While Bush and Obama are not entirely responsible for the debt problems, they certainly turned them from a big ass problem to a catastrophe in the making. This video will wake you up to the debt problem in a hurry: http://youtu.be/jboTeS9Okak The dynamic duo also gave us crazy unnecessary wars, this insane drone program, a “kill list” of American citizens, the Patriot Act, IRS targeting of political groups they oppose, and the ultimate in effed up 1984 sh*t: the massive NSA snooping programs. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Speaking of tips, Woody Wilson definitely makes the Presidential sh*t list. Among other things, he gave us the unnecessary WWI, the income tax, and the federal reserve. War is the ultimate embodiment of government gone bad. It’s bad enough when our leaders can’t avoid war with diplomacy. But it’s another thing entirely when they seek it. Throw in the fact that the result of the war was the Treaty of Versailles and the crippling reparations on Germany which gave rise to Hitler and the Nazi party, and its proof positive that Woodrow severely f-cked sh&t up. Now the United States had become the wealthiest country in the history of the world with no income tax. The trend was decidedly downward in terms of poverty rates. We were innovating. We were manufacturing. We were doing pretty darn good. The income tax was pitched as a tiny tax on only the wealthiest Americans as a way to avoid regressive tariffs. It quickly morphed into a painful tax on most working citizens that we enjoy today. Lastly, he gave us the monstrosity known as the Federal Reserve. I’ll do a post and maybe a freakin book on the Fed soon but for brevity’s sake I’ll just say the institution is the single most culpable in economic volatility, collapses, recessions and panics we have endured as a country. It exists to enrich the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class. You gotta check out End The Fed by Ron Paul and G. Edward Griffin’s The Creature From Jekyll Island.

Most of us learned in school that FDR was one of our greatest Presidents if not our greatest President. It’s not a coincidence that we learn in our government schools that the best President is the one who perhaps gave us the most government. An interesting question to ponder is why was the Great Depression great? Why has every other downturn, panic, recession, or depression in our history been over relatively quickly? The depression of 1920-21 was severe but was over in a year. Harding cut spending and slashed taxes and the economy quickly turned around. mises.org article. By contrast the crash of 1929 and the downturn that followed was met with massive government intervention, the likes of which had not been seen before or since. The result was more than a decade of joblessness and starvation. FDR trotted out taxpayer funded program after program in an attempt to micromanage the country and the economy. He implemented wage and price controls. He ordered crops to be destroyed and pigs slaughtered to keep prices up (just what starving people needed). His programs prevented the recovery we so desperately needed. FDR made the depression great. He also placed over 100,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps… nice guy. He’s the closest thing to a monarch we have had. He confiscated all gold owned by American citizens. He served for 12 years for god’s sake! Look, he was a great orator and had some catchy quotes and sh*t but he was a bad president. He gave us the Great Depression. You won’t learn that in school. I recommend Americas Great Depression by Murray Rothbard if you’re interested in this topic.

Abe. Abe, Abe, Abe you rascal. Honest Abe had a sweet moniker and a wicked beard but gd he sucked as a President. I feel like a real heathen trashing our national deities but people need to know this ish. First of all, Lincoln was not an abolitionist or a freedom fighter. He was not opposed to the institution of slavery. He actually supported shipping blacks to the British colonies. He has been quoted as saying blacks are an inferior race and that slavery is constitutional. He also supported the fugitive slave act. His most egregious offense was the civil war which was not fought to free the slaves. It was fought to prevent the south’s constitutional right to secede. The south wanted to peacefully exercise their right to secede. But, violating the founders’ vision of sovereign states, Lincoln, a Jacksonian Whig, felt he knew better and sought to forcefully preserve the union and big and powerful central government. Incidentally, every other western civilization ended slavery peacefully but we are special. We needed 2% (750,000 by latest estimates) of our population to die in order to end slavery. I bet you didn’t know that at the height of slavery in the U.S. less than 2% of Americans owned slaves. Most of the southerners who died were not wealthy slave owners. Lincoln’s Union army killed thousands of innocent non slave owning men, women, and children. They burned and pillaged entire cities. All of this sanctioned by Lincoln. Imagine if these atrocities occurred today. It is hard to imagine a modern day president allowing a massive war on U.S. soil and allowing the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of it’s citizens. I think we just might take issue with this. We learn in school that this President fought this noble war to end slavery. Nothing could be further from the truth. We don’t learn the truth about the war and we also don’t learn that Lincoln threw newspaper owners in prison who disagreed with his bloody war. We don’t learn that he ordered troops to intimidate voters. We don’t learn that southern states were ruled by military dictatorships during reconstruction. Read The Real Lincoln by Tom DiLorenzo for tons of documented cases of Lincoln’s overreaching interventions.

Our best presidents are the ones who preserved liberty and small government. The central planners, the micro managers, the legislators, the presidents with grandiose plans and programs are usually the worst. Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense that what government schools publish in their textbooks glorifies our biggest government spreading leaders. Conversely, they teach that the free market is inherently flawed and that our great industrialists were “robber barons”… Both are the opposite of the truth.

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