Top Ten Most Liberal U.S. Presidents

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The Top Ten

1 Franklin D Roosevelt Franklin D Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events during ...read more.

Roosevelt went against the wishes of laissez-faire advisors and implemented the New Deal during the Great Depression. The New Deal contained more regulations on banking, work programs for the unemployed, farming programs, etc. He also helped create Social Security, the minimum wage, the forty hour work week, put limits on child labor, passed consumer protection laws, ended Prohibition, passed the Wagner Act, and helped create the UN. On top of it all, he proposed a Second Bill of Rights to the Constitution, which would have included a right to healthcare, education, freedom from monopolies, etc. - Alpha101

2 Harry Truman Harry Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.

Truman took over the Presidency after the death of FDR. He wasted no time in getting the US into the UN, expanding Social Security, raising the minimum wage, loosening immigration quotas, expanding aid to public schools, and passing some minor civil rights legislation. Like FDR, he proposed a Fair Deal, which would've included single payer healthcare, free public education, federal employment programs, increased aid to veterans, etc. - Alpha101

3 Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969.

Johnson took over after the unfortunate death of Kennedy. Once President, he passed several civil rights bills, consumer protection laws, environmental protection laws, made the food stamps program permanent, created Medicare and Medicaid, increased federal funding of public schools, and so on. - Alpha101

4 Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the ...read more.

Teddy began the process of breaking up large monopolies, which were devastating the public. He also passed consumer protection laws. He would later run as a Progressive, or a Bull Moose. His platform included national healthcare, social insurance, a minimum wage, an eight hour workday, limits on lobbying, an inheritance tax, the direct election of senators, and women's suffrage. - Alpha101

5 Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician and author who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.

Carter tried to implement a single payer system during his term, but failed. He did, however, pass consumer protection laws, environmental protection laws, loosened immigration quotas, pursued nuclear disarmament, promoted human rights, brought peace between Israel and Egypt, and created the Departments of Education and Energy. He was also the first President to openly call for equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community, and supported the Equal Rights Amendment. After his Presidency, he has called for the decriminalization of Marijuana and prostitution, and has shown concern over the growing amount of wealth inequality. - Alpha101

6 Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt Romney.

Obama, during his term, passed the Affordable Care Act, which expanded healthcare access to millions. He's the first President since LBJ to get any major healthcare reform passed by Congress. On top of that, he supported marriage equality for same-sex couples, fought for equal pay, cut taxes for low income families, passed a stimulus package to prevent a depression, passed consumer protection laws, addressed the threat of climate change, created DACA, and let up on the War on Drugs. - Alpha101

7 John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the ...read more.

Kennedy weakly supported civil rights, helped create Medicare, passed the Equal Pay Act, created the Peace Corps, began the space race, expanded Social Security and food stamps, and raised the minimum wage. - Alpha101

8 Richard Nixon Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S.

Nixon was a strong proponent of civil rights for African Americans. He also passed more environmental legislation than any other President in history. He created the EPA and OSHA. He passed consumer protection laws. He almost implemented a system similar to the Affordable Care Act. He almost implemented a guaranteed income, but was dissuaded from doing so. He supported strict, and I mean STRICT, gun control. He could've been a great President if it wasn't for his disastrous foreign policy and, of course, Watergate. - Alpha101

9 Bill Clinton Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States . He previously served as governor of Arkansas . He became president after unseating incumbent president, George H . W Bush in 1992 . He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator Bob Dole .

Clinton, like Carter, tried to implement universal healthcare, but failed. He did, however, pass the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which did make it easier for people to retain their insurance. He also passed the Family and Medical Leave Act and the the Violence Against Women Act, expanded the EITC, negotiated the somewhat successful Oslo Accords, increased funding to fight AIDS, implemented a now expired Assault Weapons Ban, implemented the Brady Bill, let homosexuals serve in the military, and pursued nuclear disarmament. - Alpha101

10 Gerald Ford Gerald Ford

Ford was an advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment, which was generally opposed by conservatives at the time. He also passed consumer protection laws, environmental protection laws, established special education throughout the US, created the Earned Income Tax Credit, or the EITC, pardoned Vietnam draft dodgers, made modest reforms in surveillance and CIA activities, expanded anti-trust laws, and was pro choice. After his presidency, he would oppose the Iraq War. - Alpha101

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