Conservatives pick 25 ‘Worst’ Americans

So reading my morning dose of liberal ‘koolaid’ – must keep up with the messaging you know, I was ‘directed to’ this at Right Wing News

Out of all the gangsters, serial killers, mass murderers, incompetent & crooked politicians, spies, traitors, and ultra left-wing kooks in all of American history — have you ever wondered who the worst of the worst was? Well, we here at RWN wondered about that, too, and that’s why we decided to email more than a hundred bloggers to get their opinions. Representatives from the following 43 blogs responded…
(snipped blog list)

The 25 Worst (votes in parentheses)
23) Saul Alinsky (7)
23) Bill Clinton (7)
23) Hillary Clinton (7)
19) Michael Moore (7)
19) George Soros (8)
19) Alger Hiss (8)
19) Al Sharpton (8)
13) Al Gore (9)
13) Noam Chomsky (9)
13) Richard Nixon (9)
13) Jane Fonda (9)
13) Harry Reid (9)
13) Nancy Pelosi (9)
11) John Wilkes Booth (10)
11) Margaret Sanger (10)
9) Aldrich Ames (11)
9) Timothy McVeigh (11)
7) Ted Kennedy (14)
7) Lyndon Johnson (14)
5) Benedict Arnold (17)
5) Woodrow Wilson (17)
4) The Rosenbergs (19)
3) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (21)
2) Barack Obama (23)
1) Jimmy Carter (25)

Naturally, I am totally outraged by the historical ignorance shown by this list with its focus on those ‘liberals’ presently on the political scene, there are some historical figures but really – somebody is putting Al Sharpton on the list with Timothy McVeigh and John Wilkes Booth? Jimmy Carter worse than Rutherford B Hayes? C’mon people – quit complaining about education in America if this is the best you can come up with, what with your ‘elite’ home schools and fundie colleges.

So, I had to check and see what some of the individual bloggers had to say about their choices, naturally I picked the one with the title of “Professor” and – what do you know, the guy actually does know a bit of history, I still disagree with some of his choices – “Paris Hilton”?? but most of his list is a reasonable selection of the folks most would call the “Worst in American History”
first his comments about the original list
23) Saul Alinsky (7)–a bad guy, to be sure, but top 20?
23) Bill Clinton (7)–GOPers still mad because he beat the crap out of them; sour grapes
23) Hillary Clinton (7)–I don’t like her, but I think she’s making a good Secretary of State
19) Michael Moore (7)–agree
19) George Soros (8)–maybe top 40
19) Alger Hiss (8)–the traitors are way to low on this list
19) Al Sharpton (8)–eh
13) Al Gore (9)–depends on whether global warming is as bad as he thinks it is
13) Noam Chomsky (9)–annoying to be sure, but not in top 20
13) Richard Nixon (9)–fair enough
13) Jane Fonda (9)–has been much less annoying in recent years
13) Harry Reid (9)–he’s effective and wrong but not evil
13) Nancy Pelosi (9)–annoying? yes. one of the worst? no.
11) John Wilkes Booth (10)–finally somebody I wholeheartedly agree with, but should be higher
11) Margaret Sanger (10)–nope
9) Aldrich Ames (11)–yes, but should be higher
9) Timothy McVeigh (11)–yes, but should be higher
7) Ted Kennedy (14)–higher than the worst domestic terrorist? no
7) Lyndon Johnson (14)–ditto
5) Benedict Arnold (17)–too low
5) Woodrow Wilson (17)–huh?
4) The Rosenbergs (19)–good
3) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (21)–give him some credit for managing the winning coalition in WW II
2) Barack Obama (23)–way too high, even if socialized medicine ends up being his legacy
1) Jimmy Carter (25)– being feckless and sanctimonious doesn’t make him a bad guy

now his list of the worst
1. Aldrich Ames–traitor
2. Benedict Arnold–traitor
3. John Wilkes Booth–killed our greatest President, contender for #1 on my list if rank ordered
4. James Buchanan–feckless President whose inaction allowed the Southern rebellion to get off the ground
5. Aaron Burr–traitor and murderer of Hamilton
6. Robert Byrd–KKK member and the worst pork politician in history, plus an insufferable prig
7. Jefferson Davis–leader of the traitorous Southern rebels
8. Louis Farrakhan–race hate monger
9. Nathan Bedford Forrest–treasonous Rebel general, caused or condoned the mass murder of black soldiers at Fort Pillow, founder of the KKK, contender for # 1
10. Rutherford B. Hayes–President who threw Reconstruction under the bus to steal election
11. Paris Hilton–personification of the celebrity obsessed culture
12. Alger Hiss–traitor with really annoying apologists
13. Jim Jones–mass murderer and race hate monger
14. Ted Kennedy–Chappaquiddick, probable rapist, almost certainly a rape abettor, and progenitor of what might become socialized medicine
15. Bernie Madoff–worst financial swindler
16. Timothy McVeigh–worst domestic terrorist, probably # 1 on my list if rank ordered
17. Michael Moore–he just oozes evil
18. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg–atomic bomb traitors
19. Roger Taney–Chief Justice who decided Dred Scot and Ex Parte Merryman
20. Morrison Waite–Chief Justice whose decision in United States v. Cruikshank effectively disabled the federal government from protecting the freed blacks from white southern terrorists during Reconstruction

…there’s just a couple of folks who really annoy the crap out of me. But I tried to keep them to a minimum. And I really think you can make a case for Byrd and Kennedy deserving to be at least in the top 100. In their own ways, they each personify and symbolize some of the worst aspects of our political life. So I’d argue that only Hilton and Moore are real reaches on my part.

The one person who slipped my mind, but whom I probably would have found room for if I had thought of him in time is L. Ron Hubbard as our worst religious false prophet.

Some of the remaining bloggers had some very bizarre choices on their lists but that’s the internets for ya.

So what do YOU think? Should a person who is merely annoying (Moore and Hilton) be on the list? and why put Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd on the list of your personal 20 Worst and then write that they deserve to be “at least in the top 100”?


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