Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.
I keep hearing about something called WossnameCare, which I don’t know what is and honestly don’t want to know. Anything that names itself after a US president tends to arouse suspicion for me. Strikes me as an attempt by someone who sees himself as the most powerful person in the world to inject his name into history books, along with a particular slant. The fact an enormous lot of US citizens are opposed to is suggests it would be worthy of a lot of careful study before anyone formed an opinion.
But it also brings to mind something I believe is a flaw in the way we remember US presidents of the past, figuring out whether they did anything good, and remembering them for that. The entire world and the citizenry of the US would probably be better served if we all remembered US presidents for the absolutely awful, terrible, long-range disasterous things they did and decisions they made. An object lesson to anyone holding that office as a warning he’ll be remembered by history for his follies.
A few examples, in case I’m not expressing myself clearly.
Franklin Rooseveltcare might be a good place to begin. Roosevelt gave us the Manhattan Project and the nuclear bomb. Franklin Roosevelt can be said to be responsible for the Cold War Mutual Assured Destruction, that whole nest of horrors, as well as all that damned radiation contamination the Japanese are dumping into the sky and the Pacific Ocean.
Harry Trumancare. The endless serious of undeclared presidential wars he began.
Lyndon Johnsoncare. The Vietnam War legacy and more importantly, the welfare state.
Richard Nixoncare. A Chinese toaster in every kitchen and a dead US toaster-making industry.
Ronald Reagancare. Generations of an endless War on Drugs, a prison industry and the US becoming the country with more prisoners held in prisons than any other country in the world.
Bill Clintoncare. The careful planting and nurturing of the US police state.
Father and Son Bushcare. Endless wars and military adventures in the Middle East.
US presidents are in office because they are attracted to the thought of being the most powerful person in the world. US presidents want their names in history books. Naturally most of them are functionally illiterate and haven’t spent a lot of time reading history books. They just have to ride along on gut feel and what they think previous presidents are praised for doing, remembered for doing.
And if US presidents are remembered for the ways they’ve managed to convert the United States to the country it has become, is still becoming, they might well take a deeper look at what they are about. Give a few thoughts to consequences.