As I wrote a blog yesterday on Hillary Clinton’s loss and why she felt she lost, it hit me. We haven’t had much in the way of “statesmen” as presidents or even losers for the White House in a very, very long time. It got me to thinking where have all of the “statesmen” of the past gone? Where are the Washington’s, the Lincoln’s, the Jefferson’s, hell, the Roosevelts (both of them)? They’re nowhere to be found anymore. Instead we’re saddled with people that are mediocre at best. I tried to figure out that out of the people that have either run for the office or been elected president since I’ve been around (60 years or so), who from each party would I say deserved the mantle “great”. I struggled.
I had less problems with the Republicans. There is only one name that stands out…Ronald Reagan. Out of the presidents, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, HW Bush, W Bush, and Trump, only Reagan could be even considered “great”. The Democrats I had a much tougher time with. You have Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton and Obama. I would say if some moderate were picking from that group and HAD to pick one, they’d go with Clinton. If a Democrat were picking from that group, they’d go with Johnson (because of the “war on poverty” and civil rights…forgetting entirely about the “war on Vietnam”).
So that would leave us to look at the worst candidates. Look at the last several folks to have run and lost. You’ve got Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, John McCain, John Kerry, Al Gore, and Bob Dole, leaving out the incumbent presidents that ran and lost (HW Bush, Carter, and Ford…none of whom could scratch the surface of greatness). Don’t forget Michael Dukakis, George McGovern, and Barry Goldwater, who were also some of the weakest in history! That’s a field right there of both Republicans AND Democrats that you have to shake your head at and wonder why they were even considered to be worthy!
I’m trying to figure out the worst of the worst of the candidates, and I’d say it would have to be Hillary because of the fact she SHOULD have crushed Trump. She has been a loser in every job she’s ever had. Following her, it’s a tossup. Dole, Gore, McCain, Romney, Dukakis, Goldwater, McGovern, and Kerry were all terrible candidates. It’s a wonder we even had close races in some of those years! And it’s a wonder that Carter was even able to get elected (It was right after Watergate if you remember, and he was up against Gerald Ford who had pardoned Richard Nixon). I think I could have run against Gerald Ford and beat him that year!
No, we don’t have statesmen running for the White House anymore. We’ve been besieged by bozo’s and nincompoops that have lowered our standards and turned our election cycles into high school student council debates. And you wonder why America has fallen off the stage as a world leader?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!