Who is your favorite president? Do you have a favorite president? Why or why not? Does it seem like a natural question? Like, what is your favorite color. Everyone has a favorite color, right? Just the same, most of us may have a ready answer, or be able to come up with one fairly easily, if asked who our favorite president is.
After all, it seems downright un-American to not have a positive answer to that, even if our answers will differ. When we see the expressions of support or condemnation for who is, or should be, in the Oval Office, passions run rampant. While opinions may run exactly counter, choices in stark contrast to each other, one thing they have in common. Everybody has a favorite, their guy (or gal or whatever) who should occupy the White House.
This is virtually always due to partisan politics rather than a reasoned and honest consideration of Who is Most Qualified to be President. As with the rest of the government structure, the more we want from government, the more we want our choice to fill the seats. Whether representative, senator, judge, or governor, mayor or dogcatcher, we want things to go our way.
Naturally, this goes for president as well. And, unlike the other positions, there is only one president at any given time so the spotlight is much brighter and more focused. When we look back at the diorama of presidential figures, certain ones stand out more than others. On occasion, we find some criticism but more often than not, their memories are massaged with flowery tribute, more fantasy than fact.Who is your favorite president? Does it seem like a natural question? Like, what is your favorite color. Everyone has a favorite color, right? Just the same, most of us may have a ready answer if asked who our favorite president is. Click To Tweet
New Series of Essays
To help set the record straight, a new series has been launched to catalog everything wrong with the presidents. Each essay will focus on a particular president, laying out specifics of the many ways their administrations failed. The introduction came out on President’s Day, appropriately enough. Here is a taste:
“It’s high time to take on the myths, shred them, and finish the job by tackling each and every other president along with the ‘greats.’ The more people realize that the office itself is the problem—that the concentration of power into the hands of a single individual is necessarily toxic to liberty—the closer we may come to reclaiming those liberties we have lost and the many more we have failed to recognize. No American president has managed to wield the power of their office and do so within the limits of both the Constitution and the rights, liberties, and interests of the people. In fact, this task is impossible and the attempt is more damaging than helpful. Even those few presidents who have entered office with the best of records, the best of intentions, and the best of methods have been abject failures in their own ways. In the end, we hope, after a thorough survey of American presidential history, audiences of all kinds will be better able to see through the mystique of office, the cloudy fog of nationalism, and undo the historical brainwashing they have experienced at the hands of a power-worshipping educational structure and political culture.”
Some of the details we may know and some may be new to us. Either way, it behooves us all to remove the fanciful filters and take a fresh look at the men who have held this office. A proper view of the past occupants should help us better see the more contemporary ones for who they really are. And, guide us in selection of future presidents and what we demand of them.
Check out Everything Wrong with the Presidents.