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  •  The Greatest President (7+ / 0-)

    I have long held Lincoln to be one of the 4 or 5 greatest presidents this country has had -- and quite possibly the greatest.  He was so far beyond George Washington that there is no comparison in my opinion.  His name can properly be said in the same breath as that of Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and Bill Clinton.

    What I find so ironic is how totally the Republicans ignore -- and possibly revile -- their first president, at the same time that they elevate one grossly inferior president -- Ronald Reagan -- to sainthood.  But then Lincoln's ideas and philosophy are so out-of-step with today's GOP that it isn't funny.  He would have no chance to be nominated for president in today's GOP.  And that's sad -- to say nothing of a travesty.

    •  They never talk about Eisenhower either. (6+ / 0-)

      Damn him and his interstate highway system!

    •  Bill Clinton .... (1+ / 0-)
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      Jake formerly of the LP

      was the first President I ever got to vote for and I'm proud of that. Despite his flaws he was indeed a very good president, an even better politician and arguably one of the all-time-great communicators.

      But top five of all-tiime USA Presidents? Please explain that. His greatest accomplishment was inheriting an economy that was about to go on a surge in large parts to the coming of the dot-com market and leaving the country with a surplus. That is nothing to sneeze at of course however his list of accomplishments over a course of 8 years is relatively small. And he capitualted to conservatives much more than some liberals ever realized or remembered. I don't hold all that agains him. A lot of that was simply good politics. But imo he doesn't deserve any more mention in the top five than Reagan does (and as much as I hate to admit I could make the greater argument for Reagan).

    •  Not Theodore Roosevelt (0+ / 0-)

      Read "The Imperial Cruise".  Not such a great president.

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