Monday, March 31, 2014

Top 10 Worst U.S. Presidents in Terms of Civil Liberties

10) John Adams (the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798). 9) George W. Bush (his radical expansion of executive power, his use of the Justice Department to punish political enemies, his use of "enhanced interrogation"). 8) James Buchanan (his close relationship with Chief Justice, Roger Taney, the key political impetus for the Dred Scott Decision). 7) Richard Nixon (his F.B.I. surveillance of activist groups, the Watergate affair, his establishing the apparatus for our current "drug war"). 6) Franklin Roosevelt (the internment of Japanese Americans, the N.R.A., his use of the I.R.S. as a political weapon). 5) Andrew Johnson (the creation of Jim Crow, his steadfast opposition to the 14th Amendment). 4) Woodrow Wilson (the Sedition Act of 1918, his segregating of the federal work force and U.S. army). 3) Millard Fillmore (the Fugitive Slave Act, his disgusting anti-Irish bigotry). 2) Abraham Lincoln (his closing down of newspapers, his jailing of political opponents, his targeting of civilians in war, his suspension of the writ of habeas corpas). 1) Andrew Jackson (his authorizing of the Trail of Tears, his open defiance of a Supreme Court decision, the fact that the dude was the largest slave-holder in the entire Northeast).

4 comments:

Rational Nation USA said...

10 1/2 - BHO, ObamaCare.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Yeah, if I stretched it to 15, the present occupant would definitely merit some consideration (a kill list, rendition, busting up medical marijuana facilities, frequent use of the Espionage Act, making Fox News's James Rosen an unindicted co-conspirator, etc.).

dmarks said...

RN: Move BHO a little higher than Bush. He kept most of what Bush did and made most of it worse. On top of that is the IRS punishing people with higher taxes for speaking out.

And we should never forget Obama's plan to out monitors in newsrooms in order to control dissent. Obama stopped this plan only due to strong bipartisan opposition. This attempt by him to start to crush the free press was unprecedented.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

And he's also deporting Mexicans at a much higher rate.