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US President Rankings: Best to Worst

Many organizations have US President rankings, such as a Top 10 Best or Worst. Some of the most popular rank systems, such as the one by C-SPAN, survey academic historians and / or political scientists. Some of the criteria used to rank these Presidents, include:

– Public Persuasion
– Crisis Leadership
– Economic Management
– Moral Authority
– International Relations
– Administrative Skills
– Relations with Congress
– Vision / Setting an Agenda
– Pursued Equal Justice For All
– Performance Within Context of Times

Nowhere in this list of qualities of a great US President is adherence to the US Constitution. This article develops a system to rank US Presidents through his / her ultimate duty, which is to protect and defend the people and Constitution of the United States.

Electoral College Rankings for US Presidents

US Presidents are elected by the Electoral College system, not popular vote. Each state has a specific number of votes based on the number of US Senators and US House of Representative members each state has. Most electors cast their votes for the Presidential candidate who received the most number of votes in that individual state. More popular Presidential candidates will typically have a higher percentage of Electoral College votes. This is a good place to start to rank US Presidents. This rank is based explicitly on the percentage of Electoral College votes a candidate received. Those who won a second term will automatically be ranked higher than those who only won one election. In the case of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, only the first two election cycles were used in this calculation.

Typically, a Presidential candidate would receive greater than 50% and less than 100% of the Electoral College votes. Looking at the chart below, Ronald Reagan received 90.9% of the Electoral College votes in 1980 and 97.6% of the Electoral College votes in 1984. Out of a possible 200 points, Ronald Reagan earned 188.5 points. Those who never went through the election process, such as Gerald Ford, do not have any Electoral College votes.

Rank — Name — EC%1 — EC%2 — Total

1 — Ronald Reagan — 90.9 — 97.6 — 188.5
2 — Franklin D. Roosevelt — 88.9 — 98.5 — 187.4
3 — James Monroe — 84.3 — 99.6 — 183.9
4 — Dwight D. Eisenhower — 83.2 — 86.2 — 169.4
5 — Ulysses S. Grant — 72.8 — 81.9 — 154.7
6 — Richard M. Nixon — 55.9 — 96.8 — 152.7
7 — Abraham Lincoln — 59.4 — 91 — 150.4
8 — Andrew Jackson — 68.2 — 76.6 — 144.8
9 — Bill Clinton — 68.8 — 70.4 — 139.2
10 — Woodrow Wilson — 81.9 — 52.2 — 134.1
11 — Barack Obama — 67.8 — 61.7 — 129.5
12 — James Madison — 69.7 — 59 — 128.7
13 — William McKinley Jr. — 60.6 — 65.3 — 125.9
14 — Thomas Jefferson — 26.5 — 92.0 — 118.5
15 — Grover Cleveland — 54.6 — 62.4 — 117.0
16 — George H. W. Bush — 79.3 — 31.2 — 110.5
17 — George W. Bush — 50.5 — 53.3 — 103.8
18 — George Washington — 50.0 — 50.0 — 100.0
19 — Herbert Hoover — 83.6 — 11.1 — 94.7
20 — Benjamin Harrison — 58.1 — 32.7 — 90.8
21 — Lyndon Baines Johnson — 90.3 — 0 — 90.3
22 — Theodore Roosevelt — 70.6 — 16.6 — 87.2
23 — Franklin Pierce — 85.8 — 0 — 85.8
24 — William Henry Harrison — 79.6 — 0 — 79.6
25 — Martin Van Buren — 57.8 — 20.4 — 78.2
26 — Warren G. Harding — 76.1 — 0 — 76.1
27 — Calvin Coolidge — 71.9 — 0 — 71.9
28 — William H. Taft — 66.5 — 0 — 66.5
29 — Jimmy Carter — 55.3 — 9.1 — 64.4
30 — John Quincy Adams — 32.2 — 31.8 — 64.0
31 — James K. Polk — 61.8 — 0 — 61.8
32 — James Buchanan — 58.8 — 0 — 58.8
33 — James A. Garfield — 58.0 — 0 — 58.0
34 — Donald Trump — 57.3 — ?? — 57.3
35 — Harry S. Truman — 57.1 — 0 — 57.1
36 — John F. Kennedy — 56.4 — 0 — 56.4
37 — Zachary Taylor — 56.2 — 0 — 56.2
38 — Rutherford B. Hayes — 50.1 — 0 — 50.1
39 — John Adams — 25.7 — 23.6 — 49.3
40 — Gerald R. Ford Jr. — 44.7 — 0 — 44.7
44 — John Tyler — 0 — 0 — 0
44 — Millard Fillmore — 0 — 0 — 0
44 — Andrew Johnson — 0 — 0 — 0
44 — Chester Arthur — 0 — 0 — 0

Unconstitutional Executive Orders and Actions of US Presidents

The President of the United States, according to the US Constitution, is the Head of State, the supreme enforcement officer of federal law, and Commander-in-Chief of the US armed forces. His / Her specific powers and duties include:

Eligibility:
– Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States.
– Must be at least 35 years of age.
– Must be a resident of the United States for at least 14 years.

Powers Not Shared:
– Serve as commander in chief of the armed forces.
– Commission officers of the armed forces.
– Grant reprieves and pardons for federal offenses (except impeachment).
– Convene Congress in special sessions.
– Receive ambassadors.
– Enforce federal laws faithfully.
– Administrate the Executive Branch of the US Government.
– Appoint officials to lesser offices.

Powers Shared with the Senate:
– Make treaties.
– Appoint ambassadors, judges, and high officials.

Powers Shared with Congress:
– Approve legislation

Any Executive Orders or Executive Actions that are not specifically stated within the US Constitution could be considered unconstitutional. Some examples include going to war without Congressional support and removing freedoms specifically described within the US Constitution without Constitutional Amendments. If the same action is repeated multiple times, that action is counted only once. For example, multiple executive orders to suspend the writ of habeas corpus is counted as one instance.

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