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Richard Nixon changed the way Americans looked at Presidents.  He failed to stem stagflation despite wage and price controls and eventually was forced out of office under scandal.  By 1974, the Vietnam War, Watergate, gas shortages and stagflation began to alter the way in which Americans thought of the Presidency and government.


The next two Presidents were outgunned in their ability to effectively deal with rising problems or at least provide an effective PR campaign otherwise.  RR was the first President to really understand the importance of tapping into the American psyche.  He claimed government was the problem but grew government.  He railed against uncontrolled spending yet ran eye popping deficits and doubled the national debt.  While he enjoyed an economic turnaround he presided over the beginning of the neoliberal state. 


George Bush Sr. probably one of our more "moral" Presidents also proved ineffective to combat a quickly changing country or at least belt out optics that would suggest otherwise.  He was no match for the slick and youthful Governor from Arkansas that had politics and wheeling and dealing running through his veins.


Clinton suffered what a lot of Presidents experience in their first years.  They totally misunderstand the Washington dynamic and quickly find honoring promises is not easily done.  After the 1994 mid terms Clinton got into his groove.  He was never afraid of getting in the pit with the other vipers.  He also understood the power of popular support.  He played both like a fine tuned fiddle. The economic impact of the introduction of the Internet graced his second term.


Clinton like many of his predecessors couldn't keep it in his pants.  Unfortunately for him he chose an impressionable young girl that couldn't keep a secret.  Ultimately and unfairly this is what cost his VP to lose the 2000 election (the Supreme Court not withstanding).


Bush was nothing more than an empty suit being controlled by the neocons and Wall Street state, both of whom were let free under Clinton.  9/11 was the gift that gave big time to the neocons while sugar plum tales of the wonders of deregulation sent Wall Street into a risk leveraged orgy.


Obama promised a change to cure ineffective government and the end of the corporate state.  But the young senator with no real political chops was no match for those on the other side.  Moreover, the corporate state easily coopted the man posing as intellectuals and grand thinkers.  The man was used.


This leads us to Trump.  Nothing remotely like this in any memory.  Some were faithful devotees. some saw him as the lesser of two evils and together that gave him an electoral college win.  What Trump didn't realize is the number of insiders that planned for his demise.  Far right wingers want him out so that Pence can move in and the far left want to neuter and render him totally useless.  So far both sides have their plan progressing quite well.  Time will tell if he can mount a successful resurgence.


Dino Manalis Added Apr 17, 2017 - 7:21pm
Trump should be a serious president to deal with the country's problems seriously!  Others ought to stop dreaming of impeachment and focus on the people's business!
Patrick Writes Added Apr 17, 2017 - 8:48pm
Looks like Trump has already been co-opted by the Neocons. What is he doing in North Korea? Does anybody know? 
The missiles into Syria seems to have been a strange exercise in power. Better to do public relations hammering of Assad, if Assad really ordered a chemical weapons attack.
Trump's firing of so many missiles at an airfield that was operational in a few days time seems utterly bizarre. 59 missiles. Did all of them hit their target? Why wasn't the airport turned into a hole in the ground? The conspiracy theorists are running wild. 
Clinton benefited from great economy of the late 90's. Spending in I.T. was amazing due to Internet revolution, DotCom bubble, and Year 2000 (Y2K) computer projects. Windows 95 (plus Microsoft Office suit) finally meant that Joe Sixpack could actually do things on his PC at home as well. Business and consumer spending in I.T. hardware and software went through the roof.
Plus, I understand cheap credit fueled from Asian investors meant Joe Sixpack and Mom and Pop business had could tap themselves deep into debt using credit they never had access to previously. 
Bill H. Added Apr 17, 2017 - 10:45pm
What can I say, George-
Spot on!
Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 18, 2017 - 7:18am
Yet most DUHmericans still wave that red white and blue rag, rah rah rah sis boom bah we're number one USA USA USA BLAH Blah blah and get their panties in bunch over such nonsense like Kopernick. How's that so-called freedom GWB claimed they hate you for working out for you? Hmm?
Ian Thorpe Added Apr 18, 2017 - 1:44pm
It's too soon to write Trump off. Although I always doubted his ability to take on the deep state and 'drain the swamp', so far it looks as if the alligators are winning. During the primaries I enjoyed his campaign because he was anti - establishment (I liked Bernie Sanders too for the same reason,) but neither of them looked as if they would be great or even good presidents. 
Maybe Trump will come back, like all new leaders he had unrealistic expectations to content with from day one. And at least he is providing some good entertainment. We an be amused by the screams of Hillary and Obama fans because Trump is using the powers Obama usurped to the presidency to undo Obama's excesses.
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 18, 2017 - 2:43pm
Trump is the one man who could actually disrupt the corrupt politicians. Trump see's the obstruction headed his way everyday.
Trump is a pain the asses of the Establishment life-long takers. Remember people and ask yourselves why are both corrupt parties attacking the President everyday. Trump is up against criminals.
Patrick Writes Added Apr 18, 2017 - 8:33pm
What is Trump doing in Syria and North Korea? He's already down talking down his trade war statements with China in return for their help in "solving" the North Korea problem. 

But it's stupid because China WANTS the North Korea regime there. They always have. Chinese soldiers are the ones who fought and won North Korea their entire regime in the Korean War. China doesn't want a Western client state on their border there. I'd suspect they still don't. 
So look for some stupid Iran deal where Pyongyang agrees to play nice with Uncle Sam in some sort of agreement. Trump claims victory. Then Kim Jong Un goes right and continues developing nuclear missiles the same as they've done for years. 
Bill Kamps Added Apr 19, 2017 - 1:03pm
George, in hindsight the ones before Nixon were not that great either.  Nixon just demonstrated how fallible the President is, and wiped away the reverence people had for the office.
I cant believe that you think LBJ was a suitable President, with the tens of millions he stole, not to mention the people he had eliminated.
I think if we look back at the many of the previous Presidents we will  find the same kind of politician we deal with today. Opportunists, and guys in over their  heads. 
George N Romey Added Apr 19, 2017 - 1:41pm
Nope LBJ was a thief.  The last moral President we had was Eisenhower and JFK is certain ways.  I think Ford and Carter were fairly moral just not up to the job.  Today a lack of any morals seems a prerequisite for the office.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 19, 2017 - 3:04pm
Opportunists, and guys in over their  heads. 
More truth than poetry. 
Bill Kamps Added Apr 20, 2017 - 9:39am
I will work on the poetry Jeffry :)
Jeff Michka Added Apr 24, 2017 - 1:30pm
Hmmm.  Q: "how can you tell which dignitary at a state dinner is Gerald Ford?" A: "Easy, he's the one face down in the mashed potatoes."