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Here begins the presentation of a cornucopia of less well-know acts committed by the “greatest” Presidents in American history. To get us started, here is President Bush’s unconstitutional assault on limited executive power and the privacy of American citizens:

This organization (the influential Friends of Democracy) won the gushing plaudits of the ever-gushing Mrs. President. Egged on by Mrs. President, the FBI “began to tap the telephones and open the mail of vocal opponents of the Administration’s foreign policy and to monitor anti-intervention rallies. It instituted surveillance of several of the president’s prominent congressional critics, including … the White House and the Justice Department also leaked to sympathetic journalists information from FBI files that was thoight to be embarrassing to anti-interventionists.

Bush? Did I say President Bush. I’m sorry to have made such an error. Please forgive me. Of course the scoundrel I am talking about is the beloved FDR. That is from Ralph Raico’s “On the Brink of World War II.” More to come.

5 Responses to “The Paragon of Pernicious Pedantry: A Continuing Series”

  1. Speedmaster says:

    I remain convinced that the two presidents with the worst record on civil liberttires, by far, are FDR and Lincoln.

  2. Rod says:

    Another book well worth reading on the subversion of government and the untruthful retelling of history is Blacklisted, by M. Stanton Evans.

    Joe McCarthy was a liar, wasn’t he? Didn’t he falsely accuse through direct statements and innuendo that there were actual card-carrying communists in the federal government? Isn’t McCarthy in hell right now, before the Hades Committee on Un-Heavenly Activities?

    No, actually there were communists — carrying membership cards in the communist party of the Soviet Union — throughout the federal government before and after WWII and in such places as the Department of State and the Department of Agriculture. Stan Evans goes back to check out the veracity of McCarthy’s claims in the House Un-American Activities Committee and finds them all to be accurate.

    Sadly, I lent the book so I can’t quote from it here. But I proudly stand with Joe McCarthy and whatever McCarthyism he committed. I wonder if the U of R has it in the library.

  3. Rod says:

    I think the title is Blacklisted by History.

  4. Harry says:

    Speedmaster gets the Purple Grand Champion ribbon. Or maybe Speedmaster gets the fair judge award.

    Not that I think Lincoln did the wrong thing, suspending habeas corpus. The Union won that bloody war.

  5. Michael says:

    I wouldn’t want to leave out Wilson, who resegregated the government (I understand the NAACP formed because of him), or Jackson who was absolutely terrible with the Creeks and other tribes.

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