19.1.17

TAKING STOCK

Right Wisconsin's James Wigderson bids adieu to the Obama Presidency.  Not the worst, not even close to the worst.
President James Buchanan surely ranks as the worst. Buchanan allowed the South to secede, allowing those states to take military assets that would later be used in the Civil War. Congress even refused to pay for Buchanan's presidential portrait.

Woodrow Wilson inflicted upon the country the income tax and widespread repression at the end of his second term. Rutherford B. Hayes took office after the infamous Compromise of 1877 when the Republicans agreed to end Reconstruction by withdrawing federal troops from the South in exchange for control of the White House. Andrew Jackson agreed to the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which caused the Trail of Tears for the Cherokee Indians. Richard Nixon was nearly impeached for misconduct in office, and we're still paying for his domestic policies today.
Yes, and James Buchanan had all that experience, both as a Representative and a Senator from a large state, and as Ambassador to the Court of St. James and Secretary of State.  Plus he farmed out the First Lady duties.  And if you think Richard Nixon helped create a swamp in Washington, what do you suppose preceded Reconstruction and Jim Crow and affirmative action?  Like Mr Buchanan, Mr Obama took office toward the end of a saecular Unraveling, and yet, his effects might be more easily reversed.
Obama didn't preside over a civil war, although race relations actually got worse during his time in office and police departments feel besieged by liberal politics. He didn't get impeached, although his administration was hardly scandal-free. Obama is not the "worst president ever."

But his domestic policies can be graded a failure on the Obama standard. Instead of the transformative figure he hoped to become, Obama's policies should be swept away by a Republican congress that achieved success when it ran against the Obama agenda.
That is, if that Congress and the incoming President can get down to business.  We should have some clues as to that eventuality in twelve hours or so.

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