We’re frequently, overwhelmed, by the behaviour, attitude, actions, rhetoric, performances, etc, made by our current elected officials, especially our President. Although, a leader’s rhetoric, ethics, effectiveness, efficacy, and apparent willingness to lead, all Americans, rather than, only, those who might support him, is important, we ought to realize, it is a lot more important, how his support, might influence future generations, more than, assessing him, merely according to his popularity, or, how he can, in the polls! With that in mind, this guide will try to, temporarily, consider, review, analyze, and discuss, how recent Presidents were thought of, when they were office, in comparison to, how, history believes them, today. How leaders leave the country, in a relevant, sustainable fashion, is what their heritage, should be based on!
1. Recent Presidents (since the 1940’s): No discussion of legacies, could be complete, if it did not start with FDR. History just President, who served more than two terms, he had been known, during his government, for introducing the WPA (and putting Americans to work, on infrastructure, etc), introducing Social Security, and, for, his most reassuring talks. But while he had been, overall, a superb President, his heritage, was also marred, by allowing internment camps for Japanese – Americans, and denying entry to a ship load of Jews, forcing them to reunite, to Europe, to face persecution, and, oftentimes, far worse. He was famous for his, The buck stops here, and being the primary boss, to use, a nuclear bomb. While this, likely ended the war in the Pacific, with Japan, many innocent people, and future generations, were hurt, by their vulnerability to atomic – products. Dwight D. Eisenhower (known, as, Ike), followed, and was popular, since, he articulated a concept of peace, and calm, which resulted in the popular picture, depicted in Happy Days. Many sought a younger, more energetic leader, and we elected JFK, that had been believed, by many, as Camelot. Johnson got most of Kennedy’s civil rights, and other progressive legislation, enacted, but his heritage, became the war, and Kennedy, appreciated the stardom. Afterward, we elected Richard Nixon, and though, he had the first diplomatic talks, together with China, suffers from the legacy of Watergate, impeachment, and the cover – up. Ford is famous, for pardoning Nixon, and only served in office, for a partial term. Running against corruption, the country, subsequently picked Jimmy Carter, who really, had the audacity to think, a public leader, must have integrity and ethics. Although, unpopular for decades, due to Iran, inflation, etc, his heritage, was much kinder, reminding ushe was years ahead of his days, in the regions of human rights, energy conservation, alternative energy, gas mileage standards, petroleum reserves. Ronald Reagan was, and is, beloved, by most, but historians, also point to, the Iran – Contra scandal, eliminating gas mileage standards, and the realities of Trickle Down Economics (a.k.a. Reaganomics), and that, later, the budget deficit radically, enlarged, was the start of taxing Social Security benefits. While Obama’s heritage, is tough to judge, since he was President, so lately, it’s been improved by the inevitable comparisons with our current President.
2. How will this President, be recalled? President Trump, has much stronger, core fans, who seem, to miss any flaws, compared to previous Presidents, but, also, more detractors. The country has been more polarized, than previously, in recent memory.
A President’s heritage, is, a lot more important and relevant, than how popular, he is, for the nearer – term! Wake up. America, and carefully think about, who you vote for, according to their strategies, ideas, and solutions, instead of rhetoric and promises!