The first presidential election featuring at least two parties happened in 1792. George Washington, the winner of that election, returned Washington to the presidency not as a member of a political party. The losers were political party members, John Adams of the Federalist party and George Clinton of the original Republican party (wrongly called the Democratic-Republican Party today by historians).

U.S. Presidents from 1789 to 1901

After Washington, the Federalist Party gave us John Adams. The original Republicans gave us Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams.

Jefferson's Republicanism

The original Republican party of Jeffersonian republicanism best exemplifies what many Americans would like to have today — republicanism. Among the Jeffersonian republicanism core ideals are these:

  • The Bill of Rights is supreme — Congress and its agency has duty not to violate the natural rights of individuals, some of which the Bill of Rights codifies.
  • Congress and its agency must not violate the rights of the states.
  • Freedom of speech, freedom of the press and unfettered gun ownership are the best methods to prevent tyranny.
  • There can not be state-sanctioned Christian religion — church and state must remain separate. All other supposed religions are heresy.
  • All men had the right to be informed, and thus, to have a say in the government.
  • The judiciary should be subservient to the elected branches.

The Lesser Political Parties

Along the way, other political parties came and went. These parties produced national candidates for the presidency but with the exception of the Whig Party, never won: the National Republicans (not to be confused with today's Republican Party), the Nullifer Party, the Anti-Masonic Party, the Whig Party, the Liberty Party, the Free Soil Party, the American Party (aka "Know Nothing"), the Constitutional Union Party, the Liberal Republican Party, the Greenback Party, the Prohibition Party, the Union Labor Party, the Populist Party, the Socialist Party, the Progressive Party of 1912, the Progressive Party of 1924, the Union Party, the States' Rights Democrat Party ("Dixiecrats"), the Progressive Party of 1948, the American Labor Party, the American Independent Party. A few lesser parties still exist: the Libertarian Party, the Reform Party and the Green Party.

The Whig Party gave us William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore.

The Democratic Party

The original Democratic Party came into being in 1828. The original Democratic Party  advocated individual liberalism, the good kind of liberalism — the supremacy of freedom rather than regulation combined with representative democracy. The original Democratic Party of 1828 attempted to express British Enlightenment ideals.

The original Democratic Party gave us these: Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, James Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson and Grover Cleveland.

Today, the Democratic Party advocates what they call social liberalism. What they support is merely social democracy — the supremacy of law rather than freedom combined with universal voting rather than representative democracy, the supremacy of the community over the individual, wealth redistribution to equalize incomes regardless of effort, along with regulatory intervention to game outcomes. Their platform promotes unscientific beliefs and their agendas are quite unenlightened.

The Second Republican Party

Continuously operating party since 1854, there have been three versions of the anti-slavery Republican Party — the original anti-slavery radical version, the post-reconstruction version and the post-New Deal contemporary Republican version.

The anti-slavery Republican Party gave us these: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes.  The post-reconstruction Republican party gave us these: James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover.

U.S. Presidents from 1901 to 2016

Democrats and Republicans in the 20th Century

Today's post-16th Amendment Democratic Party has given us these: Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Today's post-New Deal Republican party has given us these: Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush.

On the whole Republicans have produced bad presidents. Some of the worst presidents have been Republicans — Lincoln, Grant, McKinley, Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush. Benjamin Harrison and Teddy Roosevelt were bad presidents. Taft and Ford were mediocre at best. Garfield died in office too quickly to know if he would have been good or bad.

Before Reagan, the only good Republican presidents were Dwight Eisenhower, Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur. It should be noted that Arthur was not elected.

The post-New Deal Republicans mostly have been loser presidents.

  • Nixon — closed the gold window pulling Americans off gold for international balance of payments; price controls; Watergate; saddled Americans with the EPA.
  • Bush 1 — worked for the Saudis to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait; we read his lips and then he raised taxes; started the Kinder Gentler NWO USA; accelerated immigration; established the globalization doctrine for Republicans.
  • Bush 2 — idiot wars against Afghanistan and Iraq; let the Saudi Arabians murder 3,000 Americans and didn't attack the Saudis; nodded approval over the residential realty bubble; Bush's Iraq War led to a post-war civil war among vying tribes and the rise of ISIS; failed to support a sovereign Kurdistan in the aftermath of his stupidity; did little to stem the flow of illegals which came to build realty bubble houses many of which still remain empty; infamously said, "I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system," to justify bailing out bankrupt General Motors and bankrupt Chrysler; saddled Americans with the Department of Homeland Security

As well, all of the social democracy Democrats have been among the worst presidents.

  • Woodrow Wilson — lied about keeping Americans out of World War (1), signed the Federal Reserve bill into law.
  • Franklin Roosevelt — wickedly used welfare as a carrot to get votes; stuck Americans with a raw deal called the New Deal; lengthened a depression into a Great Depression; and sided with the Soviets over eastern Europe.
  • Harry Truman — needlessly killed Japanese civilians with two atomic. bombs. He could have dropped those bombs away from civilians to prove a point.
  • John Kennedy — almost had us all blown up in a nuclear war; started the shameful Vietnam War.
  • Lyndon Johnson — escalated the shameful Vietnam War; stuck us with the Civil Rights Act and crappy Hart-Celler Act (pro-third world immigration law).
  • Jimmy Carter — sold off the Panama Canal; failed to back the Shah, which led to a theocracy in Iran that fuels global terrorism; saddled Americans with the Department of Education, Department of Energy
  • Obama — is a strong candidate for the worst president ever; stuck Americans with Obamacare; ISIS; works as Mohammadan apologist; presided over an economic depression lasting his entire presidency

Ranking the Presidents

    Unlike leftist Ph.D. Academician propagandists who worship every 20th century Democratic Party president while denouncing Republican presidents, I measure presidents against a standard. I measure a president against how well he has done the following:

    1. Promote Americanism
      the state is the creature of the citizen; avoidance of entangled alliances; union of peoples; promotion of national allegiance; promotion of a classless casteless republic; self-determination of the individual; one tongue in loyalty to one nation and one flag;  defense of the American Constitution against the foes from within who would destroy it either in mass or piecemeal; defense against foreign enemies; defense against proposed world government; preservation of the American standard of life for the masses through  American industry and agriculture on the basis of superiority to the standards; the American wage worker who must pay taxes and carry rifles for America's support and protection should be the first rather than the second or last thought of the makers and administrators of American laws; protection, development and promotion of American industries and American resources 
    2. Block Europeanism
      the citizen is subordinate to the state; a caste system; a continent divided into many contending nationalities; entangling alliances

     Here is my take on the presidents.

    • Best: George Washington 
    • Better: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James K. Polk, Calvin Coolidge
    • GoodAndrew Jackson, John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower 
    • OK: Millard Fillmore, Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland, Warren G. Harding, Ronald Reagan
    • Lame: John Quincy Adams, Howard Taft, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford
    • Bad: John Adams, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton  
    • Terrible: James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush 
    • Worst: Barack Obama
    • No opinion: William Henry Harrison, James A. Garfield