Presidential Popularity

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    There's a very interesting Look at Presidential "popularity" at this link

    Looking through the list, it appears that Americans Like:

    1. Presidents that have died, or have been killed or wounded in office (with the sad exception of Garfield).

    2. Presidents that held the office before strong political parties had formed in the USA.

    Anyone see any other pattern?
     
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    • Presdents that expanded the authority of the central government
    • Presidents that were effective in pushing their agenda
    • Presidents that trashed the rights of minorities (Jackson and the Indians and Rosevelt and the Japanese)
    • Presidents who weren't too fussy about constitutional niceties
    • Presidents who left huge messes for their successors. Like Kennedy and Johnson. NIxon and Johnson got to deal with Vietnam, and Nixon had to deal with the blowback from the civil rights bills. Johnson had Riots, Nixon didn't. Grant had to deal with the issues of Greenbacks and Reconstruction. He is trashed. Lincoln who left the problem to him is venerated.

    It does seem that the worse the record for civil liberties, the more highly venerated the executive. A pattern that goes back to Augustus.
     
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    A. Which president did NOT try to expand the authority of the Federal Gov't?
    B. "effective in pushing their agenda" meh......how do you really know what anyone's agenda is?
    C. Lincoln and Blacks? FDR was a popular president for 16 years, and you want to tag that with interring Japanese for 4 years? As far as Native Americans are concerned, which President hasn't treated them like shit?
    D. "Fussy...about Constitutional Niceitys" Again, I'm not sure which president lost sleep over this issue?
    E. Lincoln and Kennedy didn't "Leave a problem" for Grant (or Anderson), or Johnson. They were assasinated. Johnson wasn't all that unpopular. Nixon RESIGNED because of WATERGATE not because of "Blowback from civil rights"
     

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