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Old 07-21-2010, 09:44 PM
 
Location: The Republic of Texas
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We have had centrist Presidents and far left Presidents. They don't seem to be working out too well.

Who was the last real far right President?
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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We have had centrist Presidents and far left Presidents. They don't seem to be working out too well.

Who was the last real far right President?
Abe Lincoln.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:45 PM
 
Location: state of procrastination
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last far right pres was Bush Jr. and he pretty much mucked everything up such that we are still feeling the effects today.

Clinton administration had a BUDGET SURPLUS. After Bush it was all a downward spiral.
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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last far right pres was Bush Jr. and he pretty much mucked everything up such that we are still feeling the effects today.

Clinton administration had a BUDGET SURPLUS. After Bush it was all a downward spiral.
Try again.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:13 PM
 
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last far right pres was Bush Jr. and he pretty much mucked everything up such that we are still feeling the effects today.

Clinton administration had a BUDGET SURPLUS. After Bush it was all a downward spiral.
You might want to actually educate your self.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:15 PM
 
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W.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Bush Jr. was an evil criminal maniac, but he wasn't all that right-wing in any notable philosophical sense. In practice he was barely to the right of Clinton.

But to answer the question, one has to define the terms. What are the defining characteristics of "right-wing"? Is "right-wing" synonymous with "conservative"? If not, what are the relevant differences?

Andrew Jackson was a militaristic psychopath (usually associated with the right) and a champion and lover of the common man and hater of financial interests (usually associated with the left) but only those of his own race (usually associated with the right). So what do we call him?

Grover Cleveland was a financial conservative (usually associated with the right) and an anti-imperialist (usually associated with the left) and a constitutional strict constructionist (usually associated with the right.) So what do we call him?

Richard Nixon was a fiscal Keynesian (usually associated with the left) and an unrepentant imperialist (usually associated with the right) and was an advocate of affirmative action (usually associated with the left). So what do we call him?

You can do the same with just about any president. So just what defines these terms we fight so fiercely about?
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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we have had centrist presidents and far left presidents. They don't seem to be working out too well.

Who was the last real far right president?
jfk (he certainly was not far left or centrist so maybe he was far right by default)

eisenhower was though-no question
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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Dick Cheney, 2001 - 2009. Didn't work out too well, either.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Dick Cheney, 2001 - 2009. Didn't work out too well, either.
You would fail a history class!
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