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An interesting thought

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Submitted by Peter Herz (United States), Feb 18, 2012 at 09:33

Jacques, we in the United States haven't done to badly with former military men in power. George Washington was the guy who set a long-standing precedent that no president would serve more than two terms, partly out of his fear that he would come to be seen as the "indispensable" man in American politics. This precedent was not broken until the genial, noblesse-obligee Franklin Roosevelt, whose policies helped prolong the Great Depression. Eisenhower was the last to preside over real prosperity in our country. Granted, Grant's administration was corrupt, and Zeke Taylor died within his first year in office.

Also, throughout most of its history, China has seen dynasties that were founded by men on horseback, including the Tang, which was an era of cultural brilliance. Mao himself was simply a successful warlord who bamboozled a Leftist intelligentsia into supporting him (and probably he did China a great service by killing them off once he was in power). But, then again, the Chinese also say that if you're successful, you're a king; and if a failure, a bandit.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
2Morsi and his salary and حاميها حراميها [90 words]dhimmi no moreJun 28, 2013 07:58207381
4Islam Leads To Poverty [112 words]DaveJun 27, 2013 16:45207363
9The price of food in Egypt went up by 8.2% since between 1/2012 and 12/12012 and then 2.7% in 1/2013 [228 words]dhimmi no moreFeb 13, 2013 16:56203464
1That's Great News [34 words]DaveFeb 11, 2013 08:36203399
Egypt's future [75 words]promesaFeb 23, 2012 01:03193576
3Act Now [780 words]Fred BaehrFeb 17, 2012 16:43193433
MILTARY IN POWER [100 words]JACQUES HADIDAFeb 17, 2012 15:59193430
1An interesting thought [178 words]Peter HerzFeb 18, 2012 09:33193430
4Who cares about the population. [97 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
batya daganFeb 4, 2012 16:41193059
2Q's [30 words]infosifterFeb 4, 2012 14:53193055

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