Rolling Stone: The Worst President in History

April 20, 2006

An amazing analysis. A Long, but not laborious, historical study of Bush's greatest failures compared to other presidents good and bad. Highlights his remarkable decline in popularity from the patriotic record breaking approvals of post-9/11 2001 to almost record breaking disapprovals of post-Katrina 2005 and other rarities in his stunning ability to be America's greatest disaster. Doesn't talk about impeachment but after reading it it's clear that if there was ever a president to impeach, if there was ever a president more deserving, one in which has the most credible evidence piled against him, whose decisions or lack thereof have detrimentally affected this country the most instensely, it's Bush. I've been on the fence about how favorable the odds are at impeaching this president and right now impeaching Bush would be one of the most justifiable actions against a President in US history.

Problem is: Impeaching Bush will not help in progressing this country out of the dire situation he has put us in. But it'll certainly make the majority of us all feel better.

Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties — Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Hoover and now Bush — have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off. In each case, different factors contributed to the failure: disastrous domestic policies, foreign-policy blunders and military setbacks, executive misconduct, crises of credibility and public trust. Bush, however, is one of the rarities in presidential history: He has not only stumbled badly in every one of these key areas, he has also displayed a weakness common among the greatest presidential failures — an unswerving adherence to a simplistic ideology that abjures deviation from dogma as heresy, thus preventing any pragmatic adjustment to changing realities. Repeatedly, Bush has undone himself, a failing revealed in each major area of presidential performance.

Rolling Stone: The Worst President in History


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