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Question: Which of these was the worst mistake made by a U.S. President?
Teapot Dome Scandal-Harding   -1 (1.9%)
Attempt to stack Supreme Court-F D Roosevelt   -4 (7.7%)
Bay of Pigs Invason-Kennedy   -3 (5.8%)
Escalation of Vietnam War-L B Johnson   -25 (48.1%)
Watergate Scandal-Nixon   -17 (32.7%)
Iran-Contra Scandal-Reagan   -1 (1.9%)
Lewinsky Affair-Clinton   -1 (1.9%)
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Total Voters: 52

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« Reply #25 on: Today at 05:56:46 pm »
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I don't know how it's so close between Vietnam and Watergate.

One was about an ethical concern, that led to a president's resignation. To be replaced by Ford and then Carter. No lives ruined. No big change for the Republicans or Democrats, for the liberal movement or the conservative moment. It just was another reason for people to become more skeptical of government, and some skepticism is a good thing.

The other was a miscalculated war with no end in sight, leading to the deaths and mutilations of tens of thousands of Americans (including draftees, not just volunteers) and much more for the people of SouthEast Asia, to support a government that wasn't even that great, that led to the ruin of a President and forcing him to quit re-election, and ruined his party for years in ways the Democrats still haven't completely recovered, tainting his legacy in other areas too, leading to distrust in government, etc. etc. etc.

There's no comparison.
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« Reply #26 on: Today at 09:55:25 pm »
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Up until Vietnam...government was the most trusted institution in America...even polling higher than organized religion

Watergate surely didn't help but Vietnam set the wheels in motion for this "big gubmint sucks" mentality we have in the US
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