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The Greatest Resident
February 22, 2002
by Paul Winkelmann

One of the latest polls I've heard has George W. Bush ranked as the 3rd greatest president. Sheep nationwide bleated Bush's name above every other president's with the exception of JFK and Abraham Lincoln.

I guess the men who gave us, "Ask not what you can do for your country," and "Four score and seven years ago...," were just a little too much for the guy that gave us, "I suspect that had my dad not been president, he'd be asking the same questions: How'd your meeting go with so-and-so? How did you feel when you stood up in front of the people for the State of the Union Address - state of the budget address, whatever you call it."

But think of all the other presidents who were deemed inferior in the minds of wool producers everywhere.

FDR, the man who led the greatest generation out of a depression and on to victory in WWII, and who said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," was trounced by the man who led our country's economy to its greatest degeneration and muttered, "Home is important. It's important to have a home."

Or how 'bout Truman? He once said, "Secrecy and a free, democratic government don't mix." And, oh, by the way, saved war-devastated Europe with the Marshall Plan. "Give em hell Harry" was just an also-ran when competing with "There ought to be limits to free speech," and a taxpayer-funded $200 million-plus tax rebate to a company who hasn't paid taxes 4 out of the last 5 years.

Even our founding father, George Washington, wasn't spared. The country's first president's, "Government being, among other purposes, instituted to protect the consciences of men from oppression, it certainly is the duty of Rulers, not only to abstain from it themselves, but according to their stations, to prevent it in others," falls short when put up against the country's favorite Supreme Court Appointee's "Unfairly but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things. Anti-immigrant, for example. And we're not a party of anti-immigrants. Quite the opposite. We're a party that welcomes people."

It's a given that Bush's "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program," sets him apart from the likes of Dwight Ike Eisenhower and his "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, in a final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed," nonsense.

And who can argue that Bush's "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures," isn't right up there with "I can not live without books," attributed to the author of the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson? Surely this statement alone from Bush should give him a few percentage points with all those red-stated grazers.

What about that clown, John Adams? "Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." Yeah, right! Try this on for size Mr. Adams, "Behind closed doors, there is no guarantee that the most basic of individual freedoms will be preserved. And as we enter the 21st Century, the great fear we have for our democracy is the enveloping culture of government secrecy and the corresponding distrust of government that follows." Whoops, that was Sen. Patrick Moynihan. Okay, President Smarty-Pants Adams, let's see you beat this. "If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier - so long as I'm the dictator." - George W. Bush, Dec. 19, 2000.

And from the actions speak louder than words department, we have that sissy Calvin Coolidge and his "The business of America is business," being resoundly spanked by Bush, well, one of his flunkies really, when Treasury Secretary O'Neill suggested that Enron's fall was "a triumph of capitalism." Silent Cal talked a good game but when it comes to down to consummating the marriage of Big Business and the presidency, Bush wins, hands down.

I don't know how many more triumphs of capitalism our country can take from the Greatest Resident, but rest assured that when the sheep get their phone call from Mr. Gallup, many will still bleat for Bush.

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