Your favorite politician of all time

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Everybody seems to have one politician they have always admired. My favorite politician of all time is the late governor of Pennsylvania, Robert P. Casey.

Casey implemented the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a statewide adoption network, expanded health care services for women, created the largest recycling program in the nation and invested $3 billion to create new jobs.

He was an outspoken pro-life Democrat -- he refused to endorse politicians or policies that supported abortion, plus he signed the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act, which placed restrictions on abortion and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's biography of Robert P. Casey says, "Casey professed that government had an obligation to sustain and protect children, families, workers, businesses, and the environment and that doing so would ensure and economic stability growth."

Who is your favorite politician of all time?

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 8:25pm.

My favorite politician is Abraham Lincoln. I must say that for years I had doubts about two of the supposedly five best Presidents--- Thomas Jefferson and FDR. The unquestioned two best are Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The top five is often rounded out by Woodrow Wilson or Teddy Roosevelt.

While I have changed my mind on FDR, I remain steadfastly convinced that Thomas Jefferson has not only been highly overrated in the eyes of history but is a rather despicable person. I will leave it at that unless someone posts in support of him.

Mudcat, Dollar and Cyclist make some very interesting comments about FDR. He knew how to lead American but he also listened. He knew America did not want any part of “that war in Europe” after the blood bath of WWI. But he quietly prepared, lied in his October 1940 re-election radio speech about never entering the war, knowing where we would be and how we needed to be led. Yes, his social programs and court-packing plan were a betrayal of his Constitutional oath. These bothered me for years. But when you read about his struggles during the summer and fall of 1944, knowing he was dying, and summoning the strength to campaign one more time because America needed him, was true patriotic greatness. For example, when he campaigned in an open motorcar in the rain, in New York, at the end of the campaign to show America he had the strength to serve, his staff would drive his car every couple miles into a garage, change his wet clothes, dry his cold and pained body, give him a shot of brandy and repeat the process until he greeted a cheering crowd at Ebbetts Field. Some say that towards the end Eleanor was the president (the same could be said of Woodrow Wilson and his wife Edith in 1920).

The greatest was Lincoln. He saved the union. He finally and singlehandedly gave the free roots of our country meaning by abolishing slavery, albeit in a practical, brokered and transitional manner. But Lincoln understood the legal and political weakness of the 13 colonies and the Articles of Confederation and why the Constitution was and is the only answer. Read about America in the early 1880’s and you will answer the question why, in 1865, the South had no legal right to form the Confederacy. Anyone wanting to understand the political enormity of the boiling over slave issue that Lincoln inherited need only read the Chapter entitled “The Silence” from the excellent book written by Joseph J. Ellis “Founding Brothers”. In order to form the union, the slave issue was deferred for a minimum of 50 years by constitutional amendment, or else the union would never have made it to 1800 and Britain would have spanked us in the War of 1812.

G35Dude--- very funny and very accurate. Zig Zag Zell Miller challenged the Baptists and got the lottery established. It was leadership. The result---- poor Georgians volunteer to subsidize the education of the middle class through their lottery tickets. Very amusing.

Thank you Kevin...I have enjoyed this post.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 6:27am.

Very good post. I agree Lincoln was a true leader of his time and thank God he held fast and prevailed. Yes FDR had his faults. His programs were sort of slightly left of center. But given the situation that existed during the 30's he was caught between a rock and a hard place trying to placate a growing dissatisfied population and big business.

Both men were right for their times. They were leaders that knew something about leading. I'm afraid I have a slight bias as I studied FDR more than Lincoln.

One thing about Eleanor, she was a woman who was not afraid to speak her piece about subjects that were very dear and near to her. But FDR kept her on the road much of the war. In fact, he did not see much of her during his last 6 months as he was very busy with the planning of postwar Europe.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 5:42pm.

I've gotta go with Sam Nunn.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 5:46pm.

Who Sam None?

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Submitted by hutch866 on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 5:51pm.

good grief man, when you going to learn to spell, look him up, as you said one time I'm not your secretary.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 5:31pm.

Good ole Zig Zag Zell. Say what you want about Zell Miller but millions of Georgia kids have a college education because of him. (Mine included)No other politician has ever done anything so tangible for me.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 5:44pm.

Now we have scores of thousands hooked on state sponsored gambling, spending the grocery and rent money. Those people are bad at math.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Fri, 06/29/2007 - 11:09am.

An easy one for me; Franklin D. Roosevelt, a very wealthy, crippled man who saved the USA from being a third world country.
He literally worked himself to death for us initially, and later for the salvation of Europe and the far east.
To put it in a few words, he prevented the USA from becoming a class society (rich and poor) by allowing those less fortunate to have an even chance; and, he stopped dictators of horrible ideas from dominating all of Europe and the far east.
He also listened to perfectly selected advisors when necessary.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 6:16pm.

FDR. As for listening to his cabinet he had nasty habit of pitting one against the other. I also thank America's greatest generation for this county's success!!!!

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 7:18pm.

Yes, he occasionally did drag the truth out of some of his cabinet by pitting them against each other. Smart, huh?
I suppose Karl Rove would quit if he were put up against, say, Dick Cheney!
Not exactly cabinet members but all the advisors to whom Bush listens.
Anyway, I don't know who Cheney works for, Bush or the Senate. I suppose he could only be impeached if he wasn't smart enough to use the President to take the heat. After all, he is also elected by the whole country as is the President.
There is a bad conflict of interest there--letting th President pick who he wants to run for Vice President, and then putting him to work in the White House. His only Constitutional jobs are to replace the President and preside over the Senate (which he doesn't do much). I don't think he learns anything from the Senate business nor is of any help to them since he is hardly ever there.
Would it be legal for Bush to go to Bimini and leave Cheney in charge? For the whole eight years?

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 7:40pm.

be interesting if that happen today. You know back in FDR's time VP's were voted on by their respective party. Henry Wallace was FDR's choice but the Demos didn't like him and voted for Truman. Maybe we should go back to that method to select VP's.

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Submitted by mudcat on Sun, 07/01/2007 - 7:30pm.

Even though hubby and I are rock-ribbed Republicans - whatever that means - FDR was the greatest politician in this country. He knew how to get the support of the American people and used that to push though significant social change and yes, even a war. All of that saved the country.

You may not like some of his policies or his politics, but the question was not about that. The question was - who was my favorite politician. Answer - FDR - by a mile.

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Submitted by Davids mom on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 7:04am.

No question: FDR. I remember listening to his fireside chats as a child. He really understood the necessity to help the poor in order to insure that this country succeed in accomplishing its' mission of 'democracy'. Everyone loved FDR - and his wife, who made it a point to 'listen' to the citizens of this country. I remember crying at the news of his death. History is treating his contributions to the United States and the world well.

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