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Following the Constitution is the first step. Without that, a president cannot be great.
Worst presidents ever: 1. Lincoln - dictator who murdered over 600,000 while destroying the concept of federalism which paved the way for the others on the list of worst presidents 2. Obama - dictator with a kill list 3. FDR - policies prolonged the depression and ignored the Constitution, proposed an unconstitutional second "bill of rights" and expanded 4. (tie) Wilson - declared the Constitution means whatever he wants it to say 4. (tie) LBJ - greatly expanded the federal government 6. Teddy Roosevelt - policies ignored the Constitution and paved the way for Wilson 7. Carter - a train wreck, but of minor importance to the destruction of our nation when compared to the others above him on the list. Michael, you really should read more.
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Obama's Lincoln Presumption

Walter1776 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 8:46 AM
There were no proposed changes to slavery. Lincoln did propose a constitutional amendment to keep slavery intact. The Confederates were stupid to fire on Sumter, but remember there were no deaths at Sumter. Lincoln illegally invaded the south.
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Obama's Lincoln Presumption

Walter1776 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 8:07 AM
You really should study historical figures before you write about them. Lincoln was not the greatest president. He was the worst, our first dictator, responsible for over 600,000 deaths, an unknown number of rapes by troops, destroying federalism, jailing his critics for years with no charges or trial, arresting people for voting against Republicans, exiling a critical member of congress, destroying the presses of newspapers that wrote critical editorials and many other abuses. He was EVIL. He was a racist. He destroyed the Constitution. You wonder why states don't stand up to stop Obama? Look to the lesson of Lincoln - stand up to the feds and they will literally rape, rob, and kill your citizens.
The greatest president? For mass murder? For tossing out the Constitution? What happened to newspapers that wrote editorials critical of his policies? They were ordered to stop. Those who continued had their presses destroyed by troops. What happened to citizens who spoke out against his policies? They were arrested and held without being charged or tried for YEARS. He even exiled a congressman who was critical. "He kept the Union from dissolving, which was critical." Where does the Constitution grant that power to the federal government? Did you know some states specifically stated in their documents of ratification of the Constitution that they retained the right to leave the union?
Obama is the worst president since Lincoln. He is the second dictator in US history. Lincoln was the first. Lincoln destroyed federalism in the country, making states the property of the federal government instead of the other way around. Are you upset because states aren't standing up to Obama's unconstitutional grabs for power? You can thank Lincoln for that. If they do stand up to him, Obama may send in the troops to murder hundreds of thousands like Lincoln did before him. History will turn him from a mass murder to a hero. It did so for Lincoln. Unfortunately, if history repeats itself several million will die, not the "mere" 625,000 murdered by Lincoln. Obama is no Lincoln. Let's all pray he doesn't become one.
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This Time I Mean It

Walter1776 Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 9:11 AM
Take the aluminum out of the vaccine and more people will get the shot. I'd rather take my chances with the flu - it's better for me than the shot.
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Parting Company

Walter1776 Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 7:57 AM
Fort Sumter was a federal tax house in SC territory. Do you know how many were killed in the attack? None.
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What Ron Paul Gets Wrong

Walter1776 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 8:27 AM
This practice keeps the federal government within its constitutionally limited framework. Nullification, not secession, is the avenue we need to follow today.
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What Ron Paul Gets Wrong

Walter1776 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 8:26 AM
The basic problem with the way we usually deal with constitutional issues today is when a dispute between states and the federal government comes up over the Constitution we let the federal government decide the question. To our great surprise they almost always decide in favor of giving the federal government more power. Madison and Jefferson recognized this would happen if that practice were allowed. States have just as much of a right to make decisions about the constitutionality of laws as does the federal government. For that reason, a state may legally nullify a federal law within its borders, if and only if, that law violates the Constitution.
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What Ron Paul Gets Wrong

Walter1776 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 8:26 AM
Today, the federal government is not fulfilling its side of the agreement. States would be perfectly within their right to secede. I do not believe secession is necessary or desirable at this time. I believe it is unwise to nullify the contract while there is still hope of fixing the problems within the Constitution. Nullification predates Jackson's presidency. Nullification was instituted by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in 1798 with the Virginia and Kentucky resolutions.
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