Dave Hodges

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The Presidents: The Five Best (part one)

Presidents can make or break a nation with the profound power that is bestowed upon them by the voters. Every four years the nation makes what they hope is the best choice to lead the nation into an era of peace and prosperity. Presidents have enormous power as they can send your children off to die in a war of corporate conquest, they can help to implement medical policies which can cure or kill millions and they can preserve or destroy our sacred constitutional liberties. Perhaps no job, no position is as important to the welfare of 300 million people as the office of the president. So just who are the best and worst Presidents of all time? Part one of this series will examine the five best presidents in our nation’s history.

#1 George Washington (1789-1797) gets the nod for the best president in American history. Washington kept the spirit of the revolution alive during the very dark years of the war for independence with England. Most often referred to as the Father of the Country,” Washington established the legitimacy of the Federal government, oversaw the installation of a sound revenue stream for the country (e.g., tariffs and excise taxes), expanded the size of the Union and supported the validity of the conscience of the country, namely the first Supreme Court. Often unnoticed, Washington did not think that he should dominate the country and set the important precedent of only serving two terms. Our first president was truly first in the hearts of his countrymen both past and present.

#2 Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) finishes a close second to George Washington. With the Union near collapse and with the European Central Bankers agitating the South to revolt, Lincoln performed a miraculous feat in preserving the scope and size of the country. Unpopular with many in his time, Lincoln displayed rare courage and an unwavering dedication to his principles as he freed millions of slaves. Lincoln said no to the attempted takeover of the American economy by European Central Bankers as he introduced the Greenback. Without Lincoln’s presidency our modern era would have a far different face.  

#3 Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) has authored more sacred documents in which freedom-loving American cherish (e.g., the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights). Under Jefferson’s leadership, the United States doubled in size. A staunch opponent to private control of the country’s money policies, Jefferson’s warnings of the greed and corruption of central bankers read as if they were written in our time. This Laissez-Faire president was the antithesis of the fascist tendencies of many of America’s modern day presidents who have sought to marry corporate America with the American government at the expense of the average citizen.  Finally, under Jefferson, the size of the national debt was greatly reduced.

#4 John Kennedy (1961-1963). In perhaps the most controversial choice on this list, one might argue that this young president did not serve long enough to merit such a high ranking. However, John Kennedy deserves this lofty ranking, if for nothing else, because he saved the world from nuclear annihilation during the tumultuous Cuban Missile Crisis. Although he would not live to see the results in his 1000 days of leading the country, JFK greatly advanced the cause of civil rights in the country. Kennedy attempted to clean up the corruption of the old guard CFR (i.e., Dulles et al), which Eisenhower attempted to warn the country about in his farewell speech, by firing the head of the CIA following the ill-conceived Bay of Pigs invasion. In a move similar to Lincoln’s shunning of the bankers, Kennedy attempted to circumvent the Federal Reserve by printing congressional, interest-free money. Had JFK survived to serve two terms, our present economic situation might have had a far different outcome. Kennedy was an opponent to the use of American troops in Vietnam. Again, had this young president lived, there would have no Vietnam and 56,000 Americans would have been free to live out their natural lives and countless others would not have suffered the emotional and physical scars that accompany war. JFK was also an opponent of nuclear weapon expansion. He preferred to spend the government’s money on school children and advancing the cause of racial equality instead of increasing the bottom line of the military industrial complex. He often opposed the special favors afforded to major corporate interests as he vehemently opposed the oil depletion allowance. The last five accomplishments likely cost this president his young life and deprived the country of real reform. The country went on to survive the assassination of Lincoln; I am not so sure that we can say the same about America following the death of John Kennedy. JFK’s enemies included the bankers, the warmongers, the oil companies, much of the old guard media and the early globalists. Ask yourself, who are your enemies today and this should give one an “ah ha” moment and as one ponders JFK’s place in history. John Kennedy does indeed deserve this lofty ranking because he showed us what he could be instead of what we became.


#5 Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) "square deal" policies attacked corporate monopolies and attempted to protect from unsavory business practices. Roosevelt made great strides in protecting American consumers through greater regulation and oversight of food and medicine. Today, America has the safest food and medical supplies in the world thanks to this former Roughrider. Even before becoming president, Roosevelt modernized the navy and built our fleet into one of the best in the world. Roosevelt was a man’s man” who would not be “bullied.”

Where will Obama fall? It is too soon to tell. However, if his tax-cheat choices for his cabinet and his beholding to Federal Reserve interests through the latest bailout are any indication, we are in for a rough four years.

Certainly, Ronald Reagan deserves honorable mention as he revived the American economy and largely ended the cold war. However, he does not make the top five because of the Iran-Contra Affair in which it was exposed that Reagan did not have complete control of the “CFR and Trilateral insiders” within his own administration.

America has not had a great president in over 45 years. We have not had a good president in over 20 years. Why not? Perhaps the answer is found in the degree of control the corporations, namely the banks, the oil companies, the military industrial complex, the mainstream media and the managed health care system control the governmental agenda for their own benefit and at the expense of the common man. Modern presidents are not out of touch. There are very much in touch. No, they are not in touch with mainstream America, but they are very in touch with the globalist, fascist corporate agenda which has run our country into the ground.

Part two will present the five worst presidents of all time and an analysis of what must change before we will again elect the quality of a Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Kennedy, (T) Roosevelt or even a Reagan to the highest office in the land.

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