The Harding Myth

The caricature of Warren Harding is one of an amiable dunce that was in way over his head. He was accused of allowing his friends to steal freely from the country as he had elicit affairs and conducted booze soaked poker parties. Harding was long considered the worst president in American history. Even rated worse…

10 Warren Harding

This is a post in My Presidential Rankings series, linked here: Presidential Rankings Warren Harding is generally ranked near the bottom of presidential polls, but these rankings aren’t based on reality, but on a façade perpetrated by Harding’s political enemies. The real Harding was a very capable president that faced the issues of the day admirably….

George W Bush’s future rankings

In this article I will try to decipher how George W Bush will be ranked by historians in the future. It has been over twelve years since he left the White House and a little over three years since the last major rankings by historians have come out. The question here is how will Bush…

11 John Tyler

This is a post in My Presidential Rankings series, linked here: Presidential Rankings John Tyler became president upon the death of William Henry Harrison. When Tyler took office it was clear that Tyler would assume the duties of the president, but it wasn’t clear whether he became the president or just an “acting” president until a…

Presidents Day Special 2021

This is a post that I intend to do every year where I rank all of the Presidents that I consider to be rankable. I do not rank William Henry Harrison or James Garfield, as I believe that their terms were too brief to be judged. I do not rank any current president, as they…

12 James Monroe

This is a post in My Presidential Rankings series, linked here: Presidential Rankings James Monroe was the last of the founding fathers Presidents and the last of the Virginia dynasty. Monroe’s term in office was known as the “Era of Good Feelings”, as the opposition Federalist party had collapsed, leading to one party rule. Monroe wanted…

The Faulty premise of Keynesian Economics

The theory of Keynesian economics was created by John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s. Keynesian economics is built on the principle of aggregate demand, which states that aggregate demand is the sum of consumer spending, investment (business) spending and government spending. Keynes’ aggregate demand is basically net spending within the economy. Keynes further states that…

13 Calvin Coolidge

This is a post in My Presidential Rankings series, linked here: Presidential Rankings Calvin Coolidge became president upon the death of Warren Harding. Coolidge was visiting family in Vermont when he got word of Harding’s death, and was woken out of bed around 3am. Coolidge’s father, who was a justice to the peace, administered the oath…

The Myth of the Southern Strategy

It is taken as a fact by many people, that after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Republican party engaged in a racism driven “southern strategy” that started during the election of 1968. Whereas Richard Nixon did have a strategy to court southern voters, it was not based on racism, but…

15 Benjamin Harrison

This is a post in My Presidential Rankings series, linked here: Presidential Rankings Benjamin Harrison became president in the closely contested election of 1888. Many consider Harrison an “illegitimate” president because he lost the popular vote, but if there had been a fair election in the south, where millions of African Americans had been disenfranchised, Harrison…