Ulysses Grant no longer occupies the bottom spot on presidential ratings lists. Elected president in 1868, over the ensuing eight years he was found lacking in the presidential role. Then, 2016 rolled around and since, Grant appears to have been not so bad after all.

Currently, we have a president, Donald J. Trump, who regularly displays ignorance, arrogance and untruthfulness that eclipses Grant’s lapses. To make the point of Trump’s unsuitability for this high office, I wish to compare him to others that have occupied the office in years gone by. Because of space limitations, I’m able to compare him with only two of the other men that have served.

In the beginning there was George Washington. A Virginian, a planter by occupation. He was a colonial military leader in the French and Indian War. During our revolution, he was the commander of the Continental Army. In the latter command, he served in the field for six years.

He presided over the Constitutional Convention in 1787-88. He became the first president under the new Constitution in 1789. He purposefully stepped down in 1797, thereby establishing the precedent of two terms and out. He spurned an offer to become the new nation’s monarch.

Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president, 1861-65. Frontier born, self-educated, he became a lawyer. He participated in the Black Hawk War as a captain, later served in the Illinois legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected president in 1860, just in time to preside over a nation wracked by civil war. He led with dignity, courage and wisdom.

At the end in April 1865, Gen. Ulysses Grant at Appomattox asked his advice as to surrender terms. Lincoln’s wise reply, “Let um’ up easy.” He wished to “bind up the nation’s wounds” and knew punishment wouldn’t do it. His untimely death by an assassin’s hand was a supreme tragedy.

Then there’s Trump, the 45th president, elected in 2016. He’s the son of a wealthy New York real estate broker. With a large loan from his father, he, too, entered the real estate business. He has suffered six bankruptcies since. He has never held a public office before. He was (is?) in the luxury hotel business.

He’s a misogynist whose personal behavior, at times, toward women before and since his election isn’t appropriate for a president of our republic.

Five medical deferments during the Vietnam War. And, most importantly, he has attacked and with the connivance of “Mitch McConnell’s Senate Republicans” damaged the Constitution in the impeachment trial.

And, why the vehement refusal to reveal his income tax information? Why his fascination with the world’s dictators? Think Vladimir Putin.

Is this a person that belongs alongside the likes of Washington? Lincoln? The two Adams’, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, et al.? I don’t think so; the office is besmirched, our republic imperiled.

Edward B. Williams lives in League City.


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David Hardee

The biggest failure of the trump presidency is that even after 3.5 years there are many who agree with this author statement “we have a president, Donald J. Trump, who regularly displays ignorance, arrogance and untruthfulness that eclipses “ - every and anything And conversely there are many that are diametric in opposition.

This article's author's total theme is to besmirch President Trump's personal life and character. His article actually leaves no doubt the author himself is so jaded his mind is unable to perform an intellectual evaluation on this subject (President Trump).  This article is one more of the jaded diatribes that contributes nothing but a purging of a tormented soul.   

Using dead President comparisons to produce examples to make up a spreadsheet of good and bad attributes is akin to the juvenile argument of mines better than yours. Times and events are not comparable.

To condemn President Trump’s business life as having started with his father’s help, having bankruptcies and claiming misogyny is a sophism.   Every Father wants to helps his son, bankruptcy is a legitimate legal tool, and having 2 intelligent beautiful women accept him to father their children defeats claimed hatred of women (misogyny).

The inferring medical deferment was not justified is another supposition.  Inferring that using the court to decide the issue of personal tax information is to hide nefarious activity is another illusion. The IRS will and is the seeker and punishes nefarious tax abuses.

You consider “never having held public office” as a deficiency. Having a non-lawyer, non-politician in the Presidency is novel. FYI – before Trump of the last 8 presidents 2 were pure politicians and 5 were lawyer-politician. Of the 5 lawyer-politician 2, using your term, “damaged the Constitution”. The 2 lawyer-politicians, Nixon resigned under pressure and Clinton was impeached for perjury and fined and was barred from practicing law. The novice businessman Trump was impeached by a partisan (Democrats) without any legal charge.

Keep the diatribes reasonable.

Carol Dean

I have the feeling that the author of the article, might also be another "grumpy old man".We could all go back and pick and choose the good and bad points of previous Presidents, which in reality would be nothing more then using our own opinions.

I, for one, am going to stick with...Keep America Great!

Emile Pope

I consider everything he wrote reasonable and totally factual.

Carlos Ponce

Of course you do, Emile.[rolleyes]

Casey Alan

So true. Let’s not forget the fraud trump university. And let’s not forget his own charity had to be shut down because he stole from it. He has no morals. He is not worthy of the office. You are so correct.

Stuart Crouch

And he gave our Governor a paltry $25k to stay out of jail in Texas over his failed "Trump U" scam.

Carlos Ponce

And will Casey Alan have to post when Trump is re-elected in November?

Bailey Jones

Hey now - what's with all this hating on Ulysses Grant? Modern historical scholarship, no longer under the delusion of pre-civil rights era southern revisionism, ranks Grant in the top half of US presidents. The bottom spot has long belonged to James Buchanan, but is recently being shared more and more by Trump's personal hero, Andrew Jackson, as the the veil of his supposed glory is increasingly pulled back to disclose the evil underlying it. It's only fitting and proper that "Old Hickory" keep the bottom chair warm for his successor, "Old Nothing of Note".

Carlos Ponce

Grant imbibed alcohol. Trump does not.

Bailey Jones

Grant was a military genius. Trump is not.

Grant was an expert horseman. Trump is not.

Grant attended West Point. Trump did not.

Grant risked his life in service to his country. Trump did not.

Grant honored his wife. When she was concerned that her crossed eyes would be too unattractive for a first lady, Grant replied, "Ulysses objected: "Did I not see you and fall in love with you with these same eyes? I like them just as they are, and now, remember, you are not to interfere with them." Trump did not.

Grant was an accomplished artist. Trump is not.

Grant was an avid reader. Trump is not.

Grant wrote his own memoir. Trump did not.

Grant created the Justice Department and used it to prosecute the KKK. Trump did not.

Grant advocated the civil rights of blacks and Jews. Trump did not.

But Grant was plagued by a financial panic and the corruption of many of his cabinet members, so he and Trump have that in common.

Michael Byrd

Grant is dead and irrelevant. Trump is not.

Charles Douglas

Corruption? Don't ever talk about a rogue, corrupt, or a morally bankrupt Presidency unless you include the "OBAMA" Presidency! Mr. "OBAMA" has been hiding out in the dark places of DC, Leading the DEEP STATE resistance every since he had to get out of the Oval Office! When it comes to low-down, lawlessness, disregarding of rights and conniving to step on constitutional freedoms, I have not seen any worse that the Obama Administration in my lifetime! I love how the LEFT are sloshing around in "WET BOOTS" now because of Mr. O'Biden's in-ability to speak coherently, which is the reason they are hiding him out in a bunker! He has to come out sometime, and he will face tough, hard questions!!!! Meanwhile they are marching Obama out to pinch hit for him! L ololo. What a joke! I will try my best to get extra tickets to the Victory Ball next year! I am gonna make sure Trump knows I need extra tickets for a couple of my DEMOCRATIC Associates! I suspect by then both will be borderline conservatives! Lololo.

Dave Andrisek

Trump attended a military academy.New York Military Academy (NYMA) is a college prep, co-ed boarding school in the rural town of Cornwall, 60 miles (97 km) north of New York City, and one of the oldest military schools in the United States. Trump never had members of BLM in the white house and told them were doing a good job. Pookie gave $400 million dollars to Iran and last time I looked, they were still wanting to destroy our country. Pookie and his buddy, Eric sold guns to the cartels, one of which was traced to the murder of Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent. We all have our crosses to bear.

Ray Taft

Sorry for all you sour-puss Democrats.

President Trump went to Washington and got done all the things the do-nothing Democrats and RINOs said couldn’t be done.

President Trump turned America’s Obama-frown upside down, making many, many Americans smile again.

Trump ran against the Radical Left, do-nothing Democrats, their partner the Lamestream Fake News Media, and the Establishment Never-Trumps!

Trump was victorious, and it drives you sour-puss Democrats nuts.

And President Trump is going to do it again. Trump can Make America Great Again, again! He’ll restore our economy, win re-election in a landslide victory, and then drain the Washington swamp!

Hurray for America, because what’s good for America is bad for Democrats!

Bailey Jones

Play Freebird!

Craig Mason


Charles Douglas

Let me for the sake of any new posters trying to get their feet on solid ground say this, No individual, can hurt who God is helping, and NO individual can curse,...who God is blessing! It is something to be said about a man who have had the most powerful spies and crooks on earth taking shots at him, planning his demise in the darkness of their hideouts and caves, and everything they did to get him out blew up in their faces, and they are being KICKED out instead! It will happen again to others from the LEFT in November, and of that you can be sure! Don't believe me, do like the Old Folks use to say, " GO HIDE,.. WATCH, AND SEE!"

Craig Mason

Charles don’t forget the devil has power too. Don’t think that satan sits by and does nothing. Satan helps people too.

Randy Chapman


Charles Douglas

Mr. Mason, you are absolutely,....T-totally ...Correct! I could not agree with you more. However, the Devil's power is a drop in the bucket besides the power of GOD! This is why 1 Peter 5:8 states, "Be Sober, Be Vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about; SEEKING whom he may devour. Satan studies his victims to see who is prepared and he who is not. Satan distinguishes between he who thinks he knows it all being schooled by the world, juxtaposed to he who through the opportunities of sanctification provided every believer, have progressively matured into discipleship, in spiritual power, dominion, and authority of the new covenant ushered in by Jesus Christ! This covenant provides to those who decides to come after him, by denying themselves, picking up their crosses and following him, more power that the devil's.( Luke 10:19 ). The Word Of God says to SUBMIT ourselves to God first, ..then RESIST the devil, and he will run away! Not my words but God's! ( James 4:7 ) To many People try to resist Satan but are not submitted to GOD! Jesus said, He who is not with me is against me.....( meaning you would be with the very guy who is trying to destroy you ....by default! ) ( Matthew 12:30 ). Satan is the one who had China start this PANDERMIC, and he is the one who had the Jews and Romans CRUCIFY the LORD of glory, but look how that turned out. The bible says if the Princes of this world had known what God's plan was by allowing Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross, they NEVER WOULD have crucified him! See God always have a plan. This is why these fools can't get Trump out of office, no matter what they do ...it blows up in their faces, ...and they continue to come back for more! Sad. This was not for you Mr. Mason because I know you know this, but there are many who will or should benefit from this message!

Charles Douglas


Dave Andrisek

Yeah, he helped pookie damn near destroy this country.

Ted Gillis

Play Deliverance.

Carlos Ponce

Edward Williams writes, "He has suffered six bankruptcies since." Yes he did. But he has over 90 companies that succeeded. If you count those in which he has monetary interests in there are over 500 according to Snopes:

From Snopes: "Citing four or six failures out of 515 efforts isn’t very enlightening in the absence of a real context in which to evaluate those numbers. A pro athlete who won 511 out of 515 matches would be acclaimed among the world’s greatest, and a songwriter who hit the Top 40 with 511 out of 515 tunes would be heralded as the preeminent composer of all time."

And I add, if a coach won 509 games in 515 outings Edward Williams would say he's a TERRIBLE coach. They should throw him out! What would a sensible person say? KEEP HIM!

There is NO billionaire that has zero losses and bankruptcies. It's part of the game.

Emile Pope

Garbage. The losses from his bankruptcies were far more spectacular than his successes. That's why no one would lend him money in this country. Also because he didn't pay his bills. Was his scam university considered a bankruptcy? His charity? His divorces? The guy's a bum...

Carlos Ponce

You're lying, Emile. "The losses from his bankruptcies were far more spectacular than his successes" -REAL GARBAGE. I double dog dare you to try to prove your statement. You cannot because it is not true.

Jim Forsythe

US President Donald Trump's organization owes tens of millions of dollars to Beijing's state-owned Bank of China. The money is reportedly a real estate debt said to be due as soon as 2022.

One of those loans is a $950 million deal that was cobbled together by Goldman Sachs and the state-owned Bank of China—an arrangement that ethics experts believe violates the Constitution’s emolument clause, which prohibits foreign governments from providing financial benefits to federal officials.

Carlos Ponce

The deal stems from purchase of the 43-story 1290 Avenue of the Americas skyscraper. Does Trump own a majority of the property? No. Vornado Realty Trust owns 70 percent of the building. Trump has a minority share of 30% - still sizable but Vorando Reality owes more on the building.

Does Vorando owe it to the Bank of China????? No.

Politico: "Bank of China issued a statement Friday evening stating that it sold its debt on the building weeks after the 2012 loan on the property."

“Within 22 days, the loan was securitized and sold into the [commercial mortgage-backed securities] market, as is a common practice in the industry. Bank of China has not had any ownership interest in that loan since late November 2012.”

You were saying, Jim?

Gary Miller

Carlos> Emile, knowing no one believes anything he says. feels free to say anything. I would fear for Emile if he ever said anything true.

Stuart Crouch

Preach, my good Brother Williams!! You got them spitting out their morning decaf with this one!

It is good to see them circle their rickety little wagons and try and defend their Mein Fuhrer. Ah, but the TRUTH is what it is, and even the biggest loudmouths, bullies and lurking trolls cannot molest and distort the FACTS, even as much as they may try! It doesn't go without notice that some of these fine folks cannot help but to attack a person's looks, age, etc. when they feel so assailed by a contrasting viewpoint. Fragile cupcakes, indeed.

I'd be a bit concerned if I were them (and they very likely are becoming increasingly more worried these days) because their shameful leader is failing so miserably, lying prolifically and hissy-fitting his way to a well-earned exit. Bravo!

He can only unjustly terminate, demote or transfer so many government employees before he completely runs out of them. Of course, that's a page right out of autocracy's playbook. What a loser!

Meanwhile, today, President Obama gave the commencement address......[love]

Carlos Ponce

No spitting, Ted, but laughing. The desperation in Democrat's comments is evident and very amusing.

Carlos Ponce

"Meanwhile, today, President Obama gave the commencement address..."

That's great Stuart, you finally graduated!

Bailey Jones

That was a great show. I watched both of Obama's commencement speeches, the HBCU college graduation, and the high school one:

"I’ll leave you with three quick pieces of advice.

First, don’t be afraid. America’s gone through tough times before — slavery, civil war, famine, disease, the Great Depression and 9/11. And each time we came out stronger, usually because a new generation, young people like you, learned from past mistakes and figured out how to make things better.

Second, do what you think is right. Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think.Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up.

I hope that instead, you decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others. You won’t get it right every time, you’ll make mistakes like we all do. But if you listen to the truth that’s inside yourself, even when it’s hard, even when its inconvenient, people will notice. They’ll gravitate towards you. And you’ll be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

And finally, build a community. No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it’s easy to be cynical and say let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if we’re going to get through these difficult times; if we’re going to create a world where everybody has the opportunity to find a job, and afford college; if we’re going to save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we’re going to have to do it together. So be alive to one another’s struggles. Stand up for one another’s rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us — sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed — and set the world on a different path."

A breath of fresh air in these stuffy times.

Connie Patterson

Well it all depends on what most important to you... the packaging... or the product.

Personally I’ll take the product. Connie Patterson

Craig Mason

I am not too happy with the product. My house is overvalued, my 401k and other investments are way down. I didn’t see any relief from the tax cuts and healthcare costs spiral out of control. Even before the pandemic our national debt was increasing at a staggering rate. The Republican Party that I have known has always been one of fiscal responsibility. Where the hell did that go the last 3 years? Even before the current crisis spending was increasing at a breakneck speed. I vote my pocketbook and even before Covid my pocketbook was not happy.

Dan Freeman

The package includes a bottle of Lysol at no extra charge. Just to wash down the hydroxychloroquine.

Carlos Ponce

There goes another Liberal wanting you consume Lysol. Trump NEVER did. And hydrochloroquine is taken only under a doctor's supervision.

Tosha Jones

Ignorance and stupidity should be deemed a pandemic, honestly. Some may not like President Trump but it's 3 yrs we didn't have with the most notorious serial killer in American history. Imaging what else the President could've accomplished had he been left alone to do the job, we voted him to do.

Jarvis Buckley

Edward- first thing . Change barbers. Your hair looks like it was cut with a garden hoe.

Second- our President is possibly the best president in my lifetime. And I’m an old man.

Gary Miller

Jarvis> Trump. Best president in my 86 years. Obama. Worst in history.

Maris Helfrich

Kudos to you, Mr. Williams! Thank you for the pertinent article. Yes, each day seems worse than the past. Hopefully we can be freed of this quack in November. God help us!

Doug Sivyer

The Orange Anus never ceases to amaze us. The daily circus goes on and on until November at which time we will throw him out of office. Then the healing of a nation can commence.

Carlos Ponce

That's really a jejune comment, Doug. Already entering your second childhood or you never left your first one mentally?

Larry Grissom

I’ve never read anything so lacking in facts in my life.

If anyone is actually interested in the facts regarding what the President has done for this country? Go to the White House web site.

The Democrat who wrote this wasn’t interested in facts. He simply wanted to spew his irrational hate.

Dalton Logan

Facts to a democrat are like daylight and silver bullets are to vampires.[scared]

Bailey Jones

Silver bullets are for werewolves. Wooden stakes are for vampires.

Charles Douglas


Charles Douglas

My two thumbs up was for Mr(s) Grissom, Logan, and Jones. Good information by all three gentlemen! Lololo

Ted Gillis

Doug I’m not interested in any healing.

The losers can either choose to keep up, or fall behind.

I’m not going to look back and worry about them.

Mark Seelbach

I have withdrawn from presidential politics. All a country of 330,000,000 can offer up is Trump or Biden. Surely we could do better

Gary Miller

Clinton, Obama, Biden. The list of poor choices continues.

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