US Presidents: Third quadrennial conference of scholars that focuses on the maintenance and...

...development of a list of the "Most Libertarian US Presidents."  For the first anniversary for a new former US President (one year after s/he has officially left office), this meeting of scholars will vote for a "tentative" placement of that President on the list.  Four years after a "tentative" placement, the meeting of scholars votes on a "firm" placement for that President.  [A "firm" placement does not mean a permanent placement since that will change with each new former President added to the list and as new research reveals new information about past Presidents.]  While a President is currently in office, these meetings will also hold a "speculative" vote on how the sitting President would rank on the list given what s/he has done in office so far.  Not said, but done in office.

[Currently historians WORSHIP war Presidents and not who did the most to improve the United States of America, safeguard freedoms, and reign in and keep in check Big Government.  Because most "best" lists of Presidents focus and elevate war Presidents, this sends the wrong message to our children and Presidents.  That message is war is good and the best way for a President to be remembered favorably.  Why historians focus on war Presidents is simply because war is dramatic and more interesting than peace time.  With war, you have nations attacking and destroying each other and that fulfills the inner child's desire for destruction, adventure and conflict.  But war is not constructive, but destructive.  It takes FAR more away from society than it EVER gives back.  Still other "best" lists of Presidents focus on and elevate those Presidents who expanded the US government the most and thus present such action as if it is a positive thing when it is rarely ever.  There are no clearer examples of such pro-Big-Government bias than these historians consistently ranking Warren Harding as the worst President.  Harding, who balanced the budget, cut taxes (from 70% to 25%), reduced the national debt from $5 billion to $3 billion, released all of President Wilson's political prisoners, supported anti-lynching legislation, and reduced naval weaponry world-wide.  The pro-Big-Government historians try to tarnish Harding's reputation by saying he was corrupt and had "loose morals", but neither charge holds up to even the slightest scrutiny.  This challenge is meant to offer a countervailing view to those other lists.  It is meant to help promote social and economic freedom.  To make sitting Presidents realize that they will be held accountable to history for their pro- and anti-libertarian actions and thus hopefully encourage them to be more pro than anti.]
This meeting of libertarian scholars must be attended by at least 50 libertarian scholars, be jointly hosted by at least two libertarian think tanks (e.g., CATO Institute and Reason Foundation), and meet every four years ("quadrennial").  To win this challenge, this meeting of scholars must first meet every year for the first three years to initially set up the initial list of the "Most Libertarian US Presidents."  For the first two annual meetings, all votes are "tentative" to encourage discussion and debate.  At the third annual meeting, the first "firm" vote is to be taken.  After that third annual meeting, the meeting schedule shifts to be the first year after a Presidential election and then every four years thereafter.  Which libertarian scholars get to vote at these meetings is to be jointly decided by the hosting libertarian think tanks.
A key part (attraction) of these meetings will be speeches by libertarian scholars who are challenging the current list, advancing a change in its rankings, and trying to persuade voting scholars to vote for what they're advocating.  [Conference attendees will very likely expect and look forward to very heated Q&A sessions after each presentation.]  A joint committee of the hosting libertarian think tanks will accept papers from libertarian scholars and determine who gets to speak and when they get to speak.

Future Challenges:

1) First million-download free eBook to solely focus on the above conference's current list of the "Most Libertarian US Presidents."  Each US President must get her/his own chapter in the book.  [Yes, even William Henry Harrison, who died after only thirty-two days after taking office, must get his own chapter ... though his will likely be the shortest chapter in the book.]

2) First TV mini-series (having at least five two-hour-long episodes and all originally shown in one week) whose topic is the above conference's current list of the "Most Libertarian US Presidents" and which appears on either a US broadcast or a major "basic" cable TV network.  [A major US "basic" cable TV network is one that is included in the basic package offered by at least 80% of all cable TV companies to their subscribers.]  To win this future challenge, the mini-series must air a week after the most recent above-mentioned meeting of libertarian scholars and take into account any changes in the list that meeting produced.  The mini-series can win this future challenge by airing a week after one of the three initial annual meetings as mentioned above.

3) Third quadrennial airing of Future Challenge #2 which has been updated with the most recent list of "Most Libertarian US Presidents."

Including "speculative" votes on those currently holding such positions of power, first above conference to make lists of the:

4) "Most Libertarian US House Speakers", "Most Libertarian US Senate Majority Leaders", "Most Libertarian US Supreme Court Justices", and "Most Libertarian Sitting Federal Judges."

5) "Most Libertarian US Governors", "Most Libertarian US State Legislature Leaders", "Most Libertarian US State Senate Leaders", "Most Libertarian US State Supreme Court Justices", and "Most Libertarian US States."

6) "The World's Most Libertarian Current National Leaders", "The World's Most Libertarian National Leaders of All Time", and "The World's Most Libertarian Nations."

7) "Most Libertarian US Mayors" and "Most Libertarian US Cities."

Displaying in physical bound form for visualization purposes, the first above conference to lay out what current laws and regulations they would have for:

8) The US federal government.  [This and the following future challenges are meant to force libertarian scholars to spell out in black and white just what they mean by "limited" government.  Many libertarians say they want limited government, but when asked specifically which parts of the government they would eliminate, they usually only speak in general and vague terms.  This and the following future challenges makes them get specific.]

9) The US federal government, as it would be affected by a States' Rights Amendment.

10) Each US State.

11) Each major (population 250,000 or more) US city.

Naming specific government work positions, agencies, and departments, the first above conference to name which they would eliminate in:

12) The US federal government.

13) The US federal government, as it would be affected by a States' Rights Amendment.

14) Each US state.

15) Each major (250,000 population or more) US city.

Naming specific "victimless" (consensual crime) convicts currently serving time in prison at the time of the conference, the first above conference to give a "full pardon" recommendation list of those currently serving time in:

16) US federal prisons.

17) US state prisons.

Naming specific "victimless" (consensual crime) ex-convicts still living at the time of the conference, the first above conference to give a "full pardon" recommendation list of those convicted in:

18) US federal court.

19) US state courts.

Naming specific "victimless" (consensual crime) deceased convicts at the time of the conference, the first above conference to give a "full posthumous pardon" recommendation list of those convicted in:

20) US federal court.

21) US state courts.

If you would like to discuss this challenge with others, click here to go to this challenge's discussion forum.

All Rights Reserved