Great presidents

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial (Photo credit: nataliemarchant)

It is generally conceded that the US has had three and only three great presidents: Washington, Lincoln and FDR. Since great presidents are spaced 64 to 68 years apart, a great president is a once in a lifetime event. I missed FDR since I was only 4 years old when he died and I don’t remember him. I do remember Truman.  2009 was 64 years after FDR’s death and 2013 will be 68 years after his death. That means, if the pattern holds, that Barack Obama will be considered a great president by future historians. We need a great president now and I want to be an eyewitness to history now. I do not want to wait to 2017 or 2021, and the nation must not suffer Republican obstruction and intransigence for another four years. Let us help President Obama achieve the greatness I believe is within him and that we so desperately need.

 

Lincoln

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If Lincoln were alive today, he would be deeply ashamed of today’s GOP. If Lincoln were alive today, he would be seriously considering becoming a Democrat. Reagan switched from Democrat to Republican saying that he didn’t leave the party, the party left him. Lincoln would be considering making the same statement in reverse; he was not leaving the Republican Party, the Party had left him.

Lincoln said, ” You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”  Of course, Lincoln died approximately 65 years before the invention of the Big Lie, and he never experienced big money politics or dreamed of the possibility of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. Let us hope in November that Lincoln was right.