All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


A Little Research

I’ve noticed that with a few exceptions there is little difference in the governing philosophies of US Presidents, at least those that have ruled in my lifetime. It seems that we have steadily moved from individual accountability and freedom towards central planning and restriction. For example: there is little, if any, noticeable difference in Bush the Elder, Bill Clinton and GWB, in terms of key philosophy or values, when it comes to their actions in the White House.

I decided to look for similarities in the backgrounds of the presidents from 1900 to today. The official White House website provided some interesting information, on the educational background of the presidents.





George W. Bush

Yale, Harvard

Harry S Truman

None listed

William Jefferson Clinton

Georgetown, Oxford, Yale

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harvard, Columbia

George Bush


Herbert Clark Hoover


Ronald Reagan

Eureka College

Calvin Coolidge


Jimmy Carter

Naval Academy

Warren G. Harding

None Listed

Gerald R. Ford

U of MI, Yale

Woodrow Wilson

Princeton, Johns Hopkins

Richard M. Nixon

Whittier College, Duke

William Howard Taft


Lyndon B. Johnson

Texas State University-San Marcos

Theodore Roosevelt

None Listed

John F Kennedy


William McKinley

Allegheny College,

Dwight D. Eisenhower

West Point

For the 20th century Yale is the leader for turning out presidents, followed by Harvard. With the exception of a handful of schools (Eureka, Texas State,) most of the schools are Ivy or Ivy wanabies. The military academies are interesting contributors having produced men of remarkably different levels of leadership.

I notice that these schools tend to be left leaning in their philosophy and at least for the last 50years or so liberal. In the last handful of presidential elections the candidates for president had similar educational backgrounds.

Kerry: Yale; Gore: Harvard; Dole: Washburn Municipal University; Dukakis: Swarthmore and Harvard.

I intentionally didn’t put a (R) or (D) next to the names of the presidents. Take a minute and go thru the list and mentally put your own (L) or (C) next to their name. Which men deserve that “C” for conservative, which ones best preserved a tradition of American constitutional values? I think you might be surprised at how the “L” and the “C” don’t always line up the way you’d think with the “R” and the “D”, especially post WWII.

Conclusion: most of this “evidence” is anecdotal at best, however; we can’t expect to keep electing people with nearly identical educational background to office and think that they will suddenly embrace a worldview or governing philosophy that is radically different than the one they’ve been taught.

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