Friends. The United States known damned few good presidents. The men that have held the position have uniformly been power hungry scoundrels or outright barbarians. But... tonight I want to write about the Greatest of the US Presidents.
To back up that claim... I'm going to offer you a quote from the man.
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.
Understand... the man that said this was elected twice... and won the popular vote 3 times. He was the tip of the spear in a political group that actually called themselves Bourbon Democrats. He is said to have vetoed more bills than any other president.
Now... if a politician said something like that today... how do you suppose the public would react?
Friends... we were born in the wrong century.