Recarving Rushmore : Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-09
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Profiling each president on the merits of their policies and on the core principles of peace, prosperity, and liberty, this ranking system takes a distinctly new approach. Historians and scholars have long tended to respect the war heroes and men who have succeeded in expanding the power of the executive office. However, this new examination cuts through longstanding bias and political rhetoric to offer a new nonpartisan system of ranking that is based purely on strength of policies and adherence to the Founding Father's guidelines for limited government. These rankings will surprise most and enlighten even acknowledged experts on the presidency.

Author Biography

Ivan Eland is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute. A leading expert on defense issues, he is a frequent guest on ABC, NPR, CNN, Fox News and the BBC, and is the author of The Empire Has No Clothes. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
A Precedent-Setting Presidency - Both Good and Badp. 19
Used the Quasi-War with France to Restrict Civil Libertiesp. 25
A Hypocrite on Limited Governmentp. 30
Started an Unneeded War That Got the U.S. Capital Burnedp. 38
The First Wisps of Permanent Government Expansionp. 50
A Federalist Wearing a Democrat's Clothesp. 55
Aggressive against Indians and Southernersp. 60
Practiced What He Preachedp. 70
Served for Thirty-one Daysp. 76
"...and Tyler Too!"p. 77
War for Land to Carry Out Aggressive Manifest Destinyp. 83
Risked Civil War Years before It Happenedp. 92
Avoided an Earlier Civil War, but at a Costp. 96
Made Civil War More Likelyp. 101
Should Have Let the South Go in Peacep. 106
Provoked a Catastrophic Civil War That Achieved Far Less Than Believedp. 116
Uncompromising Attitude Led to Harsh Reconstruction Policiesp. 131
Better Than Expected, but Still Poorp. 139
Practiced Military Restraint, Except with Indiansp. 150
Served for Six Monthsp. 157
Promoted Limited Government and Fought Inflationp. 158
Exemplar of Honesty and Limited Governmentp. 163
Bad Economics and the Use of Coercion at Home and Abroadp. 172
Served a Second, Nonconsecutive Termp. 177
The First Modern President, with Imperialist Aspirationsp. 178
Overrated in Accomplishments and Significancep. 187
Not a Hefty Policy Innovatorp. 206
Made the World Safe for War, Autocracy, and Colonialismp. 212
Scandals Masked a Good Presidencyp. 230
Silent Cal's Presidency Should Silence the Criticsp. 236
Sucked the Economy into the Great Depressionp. 242
Lied the Nation into War and Expanded Governmentp. 248
The First Imperial Presidentp. 267
Overt Dove and Covert Hawkp. 286
Almost Incinerated the World So as Not to Appear Weakp. 299
A Failure with Both Guns and Butterp. 312
Undermined the Republic at Home; Had a Mixed Record Abroadp. 324
Pardon Me!p. 335
The Best Modern Presidentp. 344
Not Really That Conservativep. 359
"Read My Lips," No Real Accomplishmentsp. 372
More Fiscally Conservative Than Reagan and the Bushesp. 382
Aggressive Policies Undermined the Republic at Home and Peace Abroadp. 401
Conclusionp. 427
Notesp. 431
Indexp. 459
About the Authorp. 485
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