US Presidents — (1922–2022)

— Of 18 presidents only two were progressives: one was elected 4 times, the other shot his 1st term!

Michael Weddle
4 min readFeb 3, 2022


Where US Oligarchy Thrives!

Although lots of room for criticism, overall, progressive policy did reasonably well at the turn of the 1900 century. It was even described as The Progressive Era, this after The Gilded Age of Corruption.

Yes, the progressive tune-ups helped make life pretty good. Although lots of good work still needed, at least improvements for ordinary people were on a positive move.

Then oligarchy set up a bad luck string of Republican presidents, beginning with William Taft, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. This Marvel Villain Team-Up of three GOPwinger presidential administrations led to The Great Depression of 1929. Greed became fashionable!

Progressive Franklin D. Roosevelt came to the rescue and became so popular he was elected to four terms. Next came two center-right moderates followed by the last progressive American president, John F. Kennedy who got shot. Ever since, America has been ruled by oligarchy. In the aftermath of Kennedy, we’ve seen nothing but center-right and rightwing presidencies.

The way it works is the rightwing presidents create and expand foreign policy conditions like major war (Southeast Asia/Middle East) and domestic economic conditions like CEO pay increasing 1,322% (this, since the Reagan-Bush Administration). Meanwhile, the moderate-right Democratic presidents report for mop-up duty and promulgate smaller proxy wars and sanctions on the foreign front; and talk about universal health care and raising the minimum wage but do nothing about it on the domestic front.

Read the 2014 Princeton Study on Oligarchy and then examine the below list of presidents. It’s all right in front of you, plain to see. Call it the plain truth! Stop voting for the political center/rightwinger candidates as this brings only pain and misery for lots of people on both domestic and foreign policy fronts.

What it is supposed to be!

US Presidents from 1922 to 2022

Political Party/President Name/Terms in Office/Political Pedigree

R — Warren G. Harding (1921–1923) … rightwing

R — Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929) … rightwing

R — Herbert Hoover (1929–1933) … rightwing

D — Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–1945) … left progressive

D — Harry S. Truman (1945–1953) … moderate-right

R — Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953–1961) … moderate-right

D — John F. Kennedy (1961–1963) … left progressive

D — Lyndon B. Johnson (1963–1969) … moderate-right

R — Richard Nixon (1969–1974) … rightwing

R — Gerald Ford (1974–1977) … rightwing

D — Jimmy Carter (1977–1981) … moderate

R — Ronald Reagan (1981–1989) … rightwing

R — George H. W. Bush (1989–1993) … rightwing

D — Bill Clinton (1993–2001) … moderate-right

R — George W. Bush (2001–2009) … rightwing

D — Barack Obama (2009–2017) … moderate-right

R — Donald Trump (2017–2021) … rightwing

D — Joe Biden (2021–Present) … moderate-right

The oligarch’s consultants have set up Oligarch Protection Units, which includes the corporate media.

Then there’s the magnificent corporate media-carried impression of voting for the lesser of two evils. The formula for oligarchy is simple: If the Clinton/Third Way Democrats ignore and block out the progressives, then the electorate gets left with nothing but a choice of center-right or rightwing presidents. Notice how the dial, which is moved by money, moves further right and well away from the progressive left:

Bottom line? These days a presidential race is nothing but an Oligarch Derby as both the Republican and the Democrat are horses of oligarchy. Look how they sabotaged the campaign of progressive candidate Bernie Sanders.

They both race for billionaires, not working people!


Always vote progressive-left. There is no harm with doing this. Plus, you’ll feel better and it is the only way to improve our society. Progressives, as a political entity, are founded on sound governance: doing good for people with sound public policy. Progressives are not fueled by greed!

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Michael Weddle

Founder of Boston’s Climate Change Band; former NH State Representative; Created Internet’s 1st Anti-War Debate; Supporter of Bernie Sanders & Standing Rock!