So much attention is usually paid to foreign policy during any President’s administration, but domestic accomplishments are something that needs much more attention.
Following is what this author regards as the greatest domestic accomplishment of each President since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Franklin D. Roosevelt—Social Security Act of 1935
Harry Truman–Integration of the military and Washington DC in 1948
Dwight D. Eisenhower–Appointment of Chief Justice Earl Warren in 1953 and Associate Justice William Brennan in 1956
John F. Kennedy—Integration of University of Mississippi by James Meredith, with federal enforcement in 1962
Lyndon B. Johnson—Civil Rights Act of 1964
Richard Nixon–Creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970
Gerald Ford—Appointment of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens in 1975
Jimmy Carter—Environmental Reform and Expansion of Public Lands 1977-1981
Ronald Reagan—Social Security Reform in tandem with Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill in 1983
George H. W. Bush—Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
Bill Clinton—Appointment of Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 and Stephen Breyer in 1994
George W. Bush—Medicare Part D Prescription Law of 2003
Barack Obama—Affordable Care Act of 2010
Discussion and commentary on this list is welcome!
Today is a day to celebrate, as it is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of Lyndon B. Johnson, the most significant single law passed since Social Security under Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935!
The Civil Rights Act has had a massive impact on American society, just as the Social Security Act has had.
And yet, there are those who would love to repeal the Civil Rights Act, as well as those who would love to repeal the Social Security Act.
There are those who hate the idea that African Americans and others are treated equally under the law, and would wish for the return of Jim Crow segregation, just as there are those who hate the “welfare state” represented by the Social Security Act!
The battle for human dignity continues unabated, as the right wing will never give up trying to make America return to the Gilded Age mentality, before workers were given any rights; before immigrants started to have some respect; before women acquired equal rights to vote; before African Americans gained their right to racial equality; and now as gays and lesbians strive to gain total equality and freedom as much as straight people!
This is a moment to applaud Lyndon B. Johnson for the great deeds he accomplished in civil rights and voting rights, and at a time when the reactionary Supreme Court has started to backtrack on the Voting Rights Act, showing a true ignorance of history!
And finally, in the future, in 2060, the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of ObamaCare, the most significant single piece of legislation since the Civil Rights Act and the Social Security Act, and Barack Obama will be given the proper respect and admiration that he might never receive in his lifetime!
The history of American politics is one of Republican obstructionism to Democratic Presidents, and five Democrats in the White House coming out swinging against their opponents, going to the people to gain their backing.
Such was the case with Franklin D. Roosevelt in the midterm Congressional elections of 1934 and the Presidential Election of 1936!
Such was the case with Harry Truman in the Presidential Election of 1948, where he gained the name “Give Them Hell Harry.”
Such was the case with Lyndon B. Johnson in the Presidential Election of 1964 against Senator Barry Goldwater!
Such was the case with Bill Clinton in the Presidential Election of 1996, despite the GOP Congress of 1995-1996.
Such was the case with Barack Obama in the Presidential Election of 2012, and now Obama has come out fighting again, making clear that he will not allow Republican obstructionism to prevent his use of executive orders to accomplish as many of his goals as possible, without legislative action!
This is all to the good, and hopefully, he can rally independents and Democrats to come out and vote, to keep the Republicans from gaining control of the US Senate, and maybe narrow the Democratic deficit, or win control of the House of Representatives!