Chuck Baldwin recently penned an article about his historical heroes, which includes his favorite presidents, founding fathers, Christians, and southerners. Some of the picks that may raise Constitutionalist and Libertarian eyebrows include John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.
How can anyone not like Teddy Roosevelt? He is an American legend, the hero of San Juan Hill, and an American icon.
I believe Teddy Roosevelt had a noble reason for his conservation policies, and in some ways, those policies were worthwhile. Obviously, however, those very same policies have evolved into little more than additional tools for Big Government in modern America.
Dr. Baldwin also has some harsh criticism for a few U.S. Presidents, though:
For the record, I score Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson as being America’s worst Presidents. On one hand, I credit Lincoln with breaking up the two-party monopoly prevalent in his day. We have not seen a Whig in a while. In this respect, I wish someone today could be another Lincoln and somehow break up the current two-party monopoly that plagues our country, because the party that replaced the Whigs (the Republican Party) is worse than the Whigs ever were. As President, however, Lincoln was a disaster. I encourage anyone wanting an honest, objective analysis of Lincoln’s Presidency to read Thomas DiLorenzo’s two masterpieces, “The Real Lincoln” and “Lincoln Unmasked.”
Woodrow Wilson continued the collectivist, Big-Government policies of Lincoln and helped usher in the Sixteenth Amendment, the IRS, the Federal Reserve, and many other monstrosities. He also paved the way for the United Nations and other entities designed to steal America’s liberty and independence.
Baldwin seems to have picked each of the individuals for a single aspect of their character or lives, rather than their overall effect on history. He cited Theodore Roosevelt’s personality while dismissing his policies as harmful and supportive of big-government. He also cited Ronald Reagan but then went on to cite his neoconservative policies,especially in his second term.