TEN WORST PRESIDENTS
By Jon Christian Ryter
March 7, 2007
Ulysses S. Grant
The chief executive of the most corrupt government in the nation's history was Ulysses S. Grant. Not only were most of the members of his administration corrupt, most of the members of both the House and Senate were corrupt. His Vice President, Schuyler Colfax, was forced to resign for accepting bribes in the Credit Mobilier scandal. Secretary of War William Belknap was also forced to resign after he was caught selling trading post franchises. Scandals also touched Treasury Secretary William Richardson who helped financiers Jay Gould and Jim Fisk corner the gold market. While his administration was corrupt, Grant was an honest soldier who died a pauper. His sin was allowing the culture of graft and corruption to take control of the federal government.
While most Americans view Abraham Lincoln as one of the nation's greatest presidents—the Great Emancipator—he was neither a respected national leader nor did he free anyone. Lincoln was a pawn of the socialist Jacobin Republicans who were attempting to overthrow the Republican form of government created by our forefathers and replace it with a federalist system more like that found in the socialist parliaments of Europe in which the prime minister or president is selected by the party in power, not the people or the States. The Republican Party, which was a hodge podge party of Free Soilers, Whigs, Federalists and Jacobins, was a minority party at best. Had the Democrats not been hopelessly fractionalized in 1860, Lincoln would never have been elected since he won only 39.8% of the vote. Lincoln received 1,857.610 votes—all in the North. Not a single Southerner voted for him. Collectively, the six Democratic presidential candidates received 2,804,560 votes. Had there only been only one opposition candidate, Lincoln and the Jacobin Republicans would have suffered a resounding defeat and the Civil War—if it happened at all—would not have started in 1861.
With the announcement of Lincoln's election, South Carolina seceded from the union. Not over the issue of slavery, but because the Jacobins succeeded in taking the White House. They feared Lincoln and the Jacobins would push for complete centralization of authority under the central government and eliminate for all time the supra-authority of the States over the federal government. While those who rewrite history single out a speech made by Confederacy Vice President Alexander Stephens—the Cornerstone Speech—as the reason the South seceded, the inaugural speech made by Jefferson Davis made it clear that the initial seven States seceded over the issue of States rights. Stephens' Cornerstone Speech was made to slave holders in Savannah, Georgia on March 21, 1861, on he even of the war, to raise money—and men—for the Confederate Army.
In the Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln's pious rhetoric was intended to inflame the slaves in the Confederate States and start a slave rebellion that would disrupt the Confederate Army and aid the Union war effort. Only, the proclamation freed no slaves in the North, nor did it free any in the Confederate States that bordered a Union State. The only slaves the Emancipation Proclamation attempted to free were those in the deep South where the Union had no authority. Thus, no slaves were freed by him. Lincoln's Vice President, Andrew Johnson—a Tennessean slave owner and a Democrat—pushed Congress to enact a constitutional amendment to free the slaves after he became the 17th President of the United States Lincoln's legacy is one of unconstitutionally assessing an income tax on the American people and squashing the Bill of Rights. Lincoln created what the South feared—a virtual dictatorship over the people of the United States. From 1861 to 1865 liberty did not exist in the United States.
Lyndon B. Johnson
On Nov. 22, 1963—the same day that Lyndon B. Johnson succeeded John F. Kennedy as the 36th President of the United States—the US Senate Rules Committee chaired by B. Everett Jordan [D-NC] was investigating Johnson in a secret session orchestrated by Attorney General Robert Kennedy's investigation of Bobby Baker after Kennedy discovered criminal links between Baker and several Mafia bosses. Robert Kennedy suspected the ties went all the way to Johnson. The Rules Committee didn't know that as they were listening to testimony about Johnson's ties with the mob that the nation was now mourning the loss of John F. Kennedy.
Because Jordon sealed the hearing, no one on the Senate Rules Committee was allowed to leave the room. Nor was anyone allowed to enter. There were no phones in the room, so no one knew that JFK had been killed. Nor did they know that man they were investigating and preparing to impeach had just become the President of the United States. Reynolds testified that he asked Baker to arrange for his boss, LBJ, to buy a life insurance policy from him.
Johnson agreed—providing Reynolds give him a $585 Magnavox Stereo. Johnson also insisted that Reynolds' agency buy $1,200 in advertising on KTFX (Ladybird Johnson's radio station). The information Jordan was really after, however, had nothing to do with petty insurance kickbacks. Jordan had after bigger fish to fry that day. The insurance kickback question was asked solely to put Reynolds at ease so he could ask the question that would force LBJ to resign the vice presidency.
History sometimes has a way of upsetting the best laid traps of man. November 22, 1963 was going to be one of those days. Reynolds told the committee he personally saw Bobby Baker give Johnson a suiticase containing $100 thousand. The kickback, he said, was for LBJ helping Baker with a lucrative deal in Fort Worth.
Reynolds then told the committee that in 1950 Johnson and Baker helped Intercontinental Hotels Corporation get some casino licenses in the Dominican Republic. Involved in this Baker-Johnson deal was Ed Levesen, Meyer Lansky and Mafia boss Sam Giancana. When the casinos opened their doors in 1955, Johnson and Baker were invited as official guests of the syndicate. According to testimony, Baker suggested that the mob use the Dominican Republic as a Mafia replacement for Cuba—which became off-limits to Americans after the Bay of Pigs.
In 1962, Baker—still serving as Johnson's chief-of-staff—formed Serv-U Corporation with Levenson. Serv-U provided vending machines to companies working under federal grants. The vending machines were made by a company owned by Giancana in Chicago.
Richard M. Nixon
Companies receiving "free money" from Uncle Sam were made to feel obligated to use vending machine companies recommended by the Vice President of the United States. Had Kennedy not been assassinated that day, it is very likely that Johnson would have been forced to follow Schulyer Colfax as the second veep to resign from office under a cloud. Instead, Spiro Agnew, Nixon's vice president became that person. The Senate Rules Committee was sitting on enough information that, had it all leaked out, Lyndon Johnson would have been the first president removed from office by impeachment. On December 6, 1963, LBJ called Jordan and applied just enough presidential pressure to force the Senator to "lose" the Reynolds testimony—or at least bury it deep enough to keep the information from getting into the hands of the media—for a while. Jordan assured Johnson he would do what he could to suppress the information because he said "...it might spread [to] places we don't want it to spread."
Had Kennedy not been assassinated on Nov. 22, 1962 it is very likely that the headlines in the nation's newspapers the following week would have been either the impeachment or resignation of the Vice President of the United States in disgrace.
Richard M. Nixon has already gone down in history as one of the worst presidents because of his role in the cover-up in the Watergate scandal. Nixon made my list because he abused the authority of the Office of the President. Not, by the way, because he was "a crook" in the LBJ or William Jefferson Clinton sense. Nixon wiretapped his political enemies and sanctioned the break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC on June 17, 1972 by operatives hired by CREEP (Campaign to Re-Elect the President). Had FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover not died a month earlier on May 3, 1972, its likely that the Watergate scandal would not have been a headline event because the odds are better than 50-50 that the break-in would have been done by active FBI agents and not former CIA operatives working for CREEP. When Watergate security guard Frank Willis saw lights in the office complex at the Watergate and call the DC police, the matter would never have appeared in print because there would have been no arrests.
George W. Bush
History is not yet finished with the presidency of George W. Bush, but it is doubtful the 43rd President will be able to redeem his presidency sufficiently to remove his name from this list. On his first day in office, Bush established his "good guy" credentials by revoking a series of last minute Clinton "global warming" Executive Orders that were designed to impose a financial burden on fossil fuel-burning American industries to encourage them to relocate their factories in exempted third world countries where, apparently, carbon fuels don't pollute the atmosphere. Environmentalists groups judge-shopped the DC courts and found a Clinton judge who ruled that, in this one instance, an incoming president cannot repeal an Executive Order of the previous president because—and get this—his motives were purely political.
(Note for those of you who don't know this: constitutionally, Executive Orders are interdepartmental memos to employees of the Executive Branch and are binding only on those employees. The President has no legislative powers. He cannot issue any directives that obligate the people of the United States to obey him. Yet every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt has done so. On Aug. 10, 1997 President Bill Clinton issued an Executive Order banning smoking in all government office buildings throughout the United States. House Speaker Newt Gingrich sent a curt note to the White House advising the President that Executive Orders were binding only on Executive branch and he had no authority to dictate policy to the legislative branch—which had no intention of complying with the smoking ban.) Nevertheless, presidents use Executive Orders to implement legislative changes that cannot be enacted by Congress—and Congress remains mute, acting as though the White House has the authority to implement draconian changes in the rule of law to expedite the globalist agenda of the New World Order.
Much of the problem we face with illegal aliens stem from the two Clinton amnesties that granted citizenship and voting rights to illegals. Clinton was looking for Democratic voters to assure his reelection. in 1996 and Gore's election in 2000. But all the Clinton amnesties did was bring even more dangerous illegals across our borders. In the eyes of a majority of the American people, illegal aliens have become the more troublesome problem this nation faces. Yet, it is in this area that Bush-43 sold out his constituents and failed to uphold his oath of office. The Constitution of the United States mandates that the President, using US troops, protect the nations borders from invasion. We are being invaded by an army of illegals. Many of those crossing our borders are criminals intend on smuggling both people and drugs into the country. Others are illegals who, for whatever reason, cannot secure travel visas that allow them to enter the United States legally.
Rather than pursue those illegals, capture and deport them, Bush approved a scheme (at the request of the Mexican government) to pursue, capture and prosecute Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officers who zealously do their job catching the bad guys because when Border Patrol agents get tough, illegals become frightened and stop crossing the border. To date, five Border Patrol agents: David Sipe, Gary Brugman, Ignacio Ramos, Jose Compean and Gilmer Hernandez were victims of malicious prosecution at the hands of Bush-43's favorite US Attorney, Johnny Sutton. All were convicted in Bush-friendly Texas federal courts, Four were sentenced. Hernandez is awaiting sentence at this time.
Bush needs to be impeached not because he attacked Islamic extremists in Iraq or Afghanistan. Those wars need to be fought—and won. Bush needs to be impeached because the Constitution of the United States requires the President to protect and seal this nation's borders. Bush is working hard to erase this nation's borders in order to merge Mexico, the United States and Canada into a stateless hegemony that can be absorbed into a global market place that can be managed by the United Nations. He has violated his oath of office and must be removed. When he is impeached, the majority and minority leadership of both the House and Senate (who favors globalization) must be impeached with him.
Those who are bestowed with the honor of serving the people of the United States their national leader—and serving Congress as their voice to the rest of the world—have a sworn obligation to obey the Constitution. Even more, they have an obligation to keep their campaign promises since they are pledges that president made to secure the votes of the people. Any president who fails to uphold the Constitution, and who fails to live up to the promises they pledged to secure our votes is a dishonest leader and must be removed from office. For part 1 click below.
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Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
Today, Jon is an advertising executive with the Washington Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com has helped him establish a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders who now provide him with a steady stream of material for use both in his books and in the investigative reports that are found on his website.
As the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first official act —on the day he took office—was to classify the people of the United States as an enemy of the federal government.