UPDATE 3.14.23: I originally wrote this piece during the disastrous Obama era. Obama was bad but didn’t achieve the lasting harm that Woodrow Wilson did. However, the vote for “Worst President in American History” is now once again up for grabs as there is no telling how high Joe Biden’s dramatic failures in both foreign and domestic policy will push him up through the ranks of “worst” presidents.
Originally posted May 29, 2015.
Barack Hussein Obama is certainly a top-four candidate, joining FDR, and Lyndon Johnson on any worst American president short list. But it is Woodrow Wilson on the top rung of the ranking ladder as the worst president in American history.
Wilson gave America the income-redistribution-based, progressive income tax as well as the Fed, a private banking institution originated for the benefit of international bankers and the Washington political elite.
Woodrow Wilson, as historian Jim Powell tells readers in Wilson’s War, committed “the fateful blunder that radically altered the course of the twentieth century—and led to some of the most murderous dictators in history.”
Jim Powell notes, “President Woodrow Wilson famously rallied the United States to enter World War I by saying ‘the nation had a duty to make the world safe for democracy’.” But as Mr. Powell demonstrates in his outstanding book, Wilson instead opened the door to murderous tyrants and Communist rulers. No other president has had a hand—however unintended—in so much destruction. “Wilson surely ranks as the worst president in American history.”
Some of the worst lies perpetrated by presidents involve taking America into war unnecessarily. At The American Conservative, Robert W. Merry outlines the worst of these.
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