|Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota - Four Influential Presidents|
You could call it a redistribution of our historic wealth. We might as well have an "Avocados' Day" or a "Televisions' Day," for all the meaning the day now imparts.
In honor of this watered-down occasion, here's a link to the "Top 10 Most Influential American Presidents." I disagree somewhat with order and choice, but for the most part it's a solid list:
1. Abraham Lincoln
No argument. He saved and preserved the nation. Number One for sure.
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A bit too much on the socialist side for my taste, but due to the events of his tenure, there's no doubt FDR belongs on the list.
3. George Washington
I would put "the father of our country" a close second to Lincoln.
4. Thomas Jefferson
This is about the right spot for TJ.
5. Andrew Jackson
I don't know if Jackson should be listed instead of James Monroe or James Madison.
6. Teddy Roosevelt
For creating the National Parks system, TR belongs not only on this list but in heaven.
7. Woodrow Wilson
Presided over the implementation of the Federal Reserve and the League of Nations, the precursor to the UN. Influential? Yes. In a good way? Um, I don't think so.
8. Harry S. Truman
In using the atomic bomb to end WWII, HST had to make probably the most difficult decision in history. Definitely deserves a place in the Top 10.
9. James K. Polk
Polk should be higher on the list. No, he didn't "steal" Mexico. He bought and paid for California, Nevada, and more with $15 million and opened the American West.
10. Dwight D. Eisenhower
What DDE is doing on this list is beyond me. See #5.