While most of us weren't alive for the names that are about to be put forth, I think we can all find agreement in terms of history what the impact those Presidents had on the economy and the country as a whole...
You'll see names like Lincoln and both Roosevelt's on each list, whether it be from (R) (D) or (L).
I'm curious where the differences lie and why they lie there.
Just an exercise to see the varied opinions on the history of the oval office amongst the JI faithful.
So name your top 8 if you have 8, if not, whatever you have and why they're the cream of the crop, in your eyes.
1 Lincoln - Greatest accomplishment as president of any of them. He preserved the Union and undid it's greatest sin.
1A Washington - If Washington didn't exist there would be no USA. He was that important. Only reason he isn't #1 is because of Lincoln. Lincoln saved the union.
3. Reagan: This beloved President implemented policies that helped vanquish our greatest enemy of the second part of the century and ushered in the greatest 20 year period of growth and prosperity of modern times.
4. Kennedy - A solid conservative that showed true leadership in his dealings with the USSR on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also was an inspirational leader that believed that citizens should "ask not what their country could do for them but rather what they could do for their Country". A polar opposite to the current crop of D leadership.
5. Teddy Roosevelt - Gave the Country its identity at a time when it was sorely needed. A truly inspirational figure.
Woodrow Wilson - Set the table for Rooseveldt's Collectivism
F.D. Roosevedlt - Implements Collectivism on a scale never before seen and locked it into Amrican society.
L.B. Johnson - Advanced Wilson/Roosevldt collectivism greatly.
B.H. Obama - Mainstreamed colelctivism ideals intot he wider society and culture. Being a collectivism is not longer a fringe view.
These four men will go down in history (eventually) as the greatest collectivist leaders in U.S> History, paving the way for the true greatness of a collectivist United States of America.
You forgot the Federalists: Washington, Adams, John Quincy Adams (a Whig, but with Federalist pedigree and platform). And you forgot Lincoln, who is the bane of most Jeffersonians and states righters. And what about TR? Just curious: who do you really admire? Jefferson? Madison? Both learned very quickly that the same things they diatribed against when they were out of office were the same things they fought hard to assert when they were President. Both became fans of strengthening the executive powers because they saw how difficult it was to pursue a policy in the face of congressional opposition and gamesmanship.
It shows a lack of historical understanding to leave Washington off those lists. The only debate is between him and Lincoln for #1 and 2. Washington was the architect of the role of the Presidency. The reason Presidents traditionally serve 2 terms is because none (before or after FDR) had the hubris to stay in office longer than the greatest of Presidents.