I Hate When Politicians Do This

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The most dangerous POTUS of all time?  

At a rally yesterday in Salt Lake City, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez announced, among other things, that “we have the most dangerous president in American history.”

Stop it.

One of my pet peeves is when politicians make political statements and try to couch them with some type of moral authority by appealing to American history.  Obama used to do this all the time with his “right” and “wrong” side of history stuff.

Is Trump the most dangerous president in American history?  This is not a question that historians usually ask because it is virtually impossible to answer.  Even if the American republic comes to a crashing end in the next several months, future historians will debate whether or not it was really Trump’s fault.

I am sure many Native Americans in the 1830s thought Andrew Jackson was the most dangerous president in American history.  I am sure conservatives and libertarians during the New Deal thought FDR was the most dangerous president in American history.  I am sure free-soilers thought James K. Polk was the most dangerous president in American history.  Many evangelical Christians thought Bill Clinton was the most dangerous president in American history.  And we could go on…

OK.  My sermon is over.

 

3 thoughts on “I Hate When Politicians Do This

  1. The only President one could say with absolute certainty was the most dangerous in American history was George Washington, and even then one could only say it during his tenure. His being the only President to date (or was he?) would have, de facto, made him the most dangerous. Once John Adams comes on the scene, though, all bets are off.

    Though were we living then, as Sam Smith said earlier, anything less than 50 years isn’t really history, so we’d probably be debating Washington even then.

    Personally, I’d lower the history threshold to 25 years (thanks, NHD!).

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  2. There are a lot of ‘Trump-assessors’ who would argue that since he wants to take credit for successes initiated by previous Presidents, then he should also take credit for a republic crashing in the next several months!

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