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).