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  •  Ray-gun started this country on its long (8+ / 0-)

    downward slide to perdition.  He was the second stupidest president we've ever had--the first being the Smirking Chimp, of course.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 07:57:49 AM PDT

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    •  Think you have to start with Nixon (1+ / 0-)
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      Johnson left the country is rough shape culturally, but that was mostly because he tried to hold on to a traditional style of governing that ignored entrenched calls for reform.

      And though the country was tearing itself apart over Vietnam, it's hard to think of a way Johnson could have put that Humpty Dumpty egg back together.

      But Nixon took the pieces of that broken egg, smashed them and built it into a Southern Strategy edifice that still stands today...if not stronger today than in Nixon's own time.

      The strategy took all the angst and pain of the Civil War and enshrined it in our political culture. It pitted and still pits American against American, and ensures that nothing meaningful ever gets done in Washington.

      Considering that you don't get much worse (Hitler comes to mind) of a single individual being responsible for an internal civil war (cultural and political) you don't get much lower than that.

      Not to mention he was a tricky son of a b. who needlessly paralyzed Washington with the Watergate fiasco...setting the state for the "payback" impeachment of Clinton by the GOP as soon as they had  the chance.

      Dubya was a bungler, most of the others were either in over their heads or wrong-headed about the affairs of the day. Nixon was outright EVIL.

      What separates us, divides us, and diminishes the human spirit.

      by equern on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 02:08:30 PM PDT

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