Posted Oct 11, 2020 at 13:30. Revised Jun 8, 2021 at 17:08.
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Good president? No way!
President Barry Goldwater
J.D. Nobody recalls the first presidential election in which he was able to vote – the 1964 election between Barry Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson. J.D. Nobody and most of the country was caught up in the fear that Goldwater was a near lunatic who would involve the country in a nuclear war. Despite having served in a fighter squadron with fighter pilots like Goldwater and having met Goldwater personally, J.D. Nobody believed the picture painted by the Johnson campaign.
There was a recognition that some of what Goldwater was saying was the impulsive bravado of a fighter pilot and many – including J.D. Nobody – did not recognize that Goldwater’s boast of nuking the Vietnamese into oblivion was only a locker room boast. It was not something he would have done when faced with making a command decision.
J.D. Nobody did have the prescience to see Goldwater’s expressed concerns as legitimate ones that would erupt in a bigger way later if not addressed. J.D. gave some of his ultra-liberal acquaintances the admonition “If you think Goldwater is bad from your point of view, just wait until you see what the pipeline of the future will deliver!”
None of these people could accept that anything worse could happen in the future. In prosecuting the Vietnam war Johnson did everything that Goldwater had advocated, and worse – such as effectively manufacturing the Gulf of Tonkin incident to ensnare America further in the Vietnam War. Johnson had made the first “just wait” happen sooner than anyone expected. Once again, J.D. Nobody’s admonition “if you think this is bad from your point of view, just wait.”.
President Richard Nixon
A “just wait” soon arrived in the person of Richard Nixon. Nixon had some important accomplishments as president, despite there being much hand-wringing over how anybody could be worse than Nixon. Watergate was the best “just wait” yet.
President Ronald Reagan
The arrival of Ronald Reagan raised the cries of anguish once again. Nixon was no longer the greatest disaster of all time. J.D. Nobody now pointed out “if you think Ronald Reagan is bad from your point of view, just wait.”.
President George H. W. Bush
The cries of “no one could be worse” arose once again for George H. W. Bush. Again, just wait.
President Bill Clinton
With the arrival of the Clintons came a jackboot political machine powered only by the polls. A jackboot political machine is not a bad thing; just a return to normalcy.
President George W. Bush
Next, there was George W. Bush, and once again the cries of anguish rose to a higher level yet. Ronald Reagan was no longer the greatest disaster of all time. Another opportunity for J.D. Nobody to point out “if you think George W. Bush is bad from your point of view, just wait.”.
President Donald Trump
The pattern isn’t broken. Overall, not the best President so far…
President Joe Biden
He is trying and will be trying before it is all over.
President Kamala Harris
And the progression goes on with Bernie Sanders and AOC and Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar and…
Notice any pattern?
Tomorrow, there will be someone worse yet, although that is hard to imagine after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the capitol building by domestic terrorists. Just wait.
/s/ JD Nobody (he, him), OC ’61.