#1 George W. Bush - One of the Greats
11-05-2008, 07:59 PM
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The American people continue to amaze me with their penchant for the wholly irrational.
The election of Barack Hussein Muhammad bin Obama is only the latest evidence.:eek:
But that the American sheeple are so devoid of active intellect as to get all of their life skills from Oprah and all of their political philosophy from Katie Couric has been evident for years.
Eminently so, in that they have allowed themselves to be manipulated by a corrupt media into the rejection of one of the most thoroughly decent individuals to ever hold the Presidency - one George W. Bush.
I have heard it from every angle - from college professors and professional politicians and the man on the street; we all agree that Dubya is horrible. We all agree that he is at fault for everything from Katrina to Iraq to the lagging (!) economy. Yet in all the complaining, I can't get a single person to tell me exactly what it is that George W. Bush has done that makes him so horrible. Any probing into the questions as to why Dubya is so bad simply ends in some emotional screed about something that he has "screwed up."
As to the war? Dubya, of course with the help of his advisors, has strategized and supervised the overthrow of the Taliban, the overthrow of Sadaam Hussein, the bringing of nascent democratic governments in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and the protection of the U.S. from further terrorist attacks. And 9/11? Bill Clinton's fault - entirely. He had the opportunity to respond with muscle after the first terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and chose not to do so. He had the opportunity to have Osama bin Laden killed and chose not to do so.
The chaotic economy? Thoroughly - and only - the responsibility of the Democrats. Interest group politics demanded that minorities who did not have the credit, income, or other means be mandated to participate in home ownership without any thought of whether they could manage payments for 30 years. Any solution other than that was said by Democrats to be "redlining" - real estate-speak for "racism." Long ago, both George W. Bush and John McCain sounded the warning and pointed to the need for reform, their warnings, of course, falling on the deaf ears of Democrats except to the extent that it was useful to label such warnings as yet more racism from the GOP. And of course, when these idiot-inspired loans failed, the U.S. taxpayer once again became the lender of last resort.
Ronald Reagan was a truly great president, in that he was both a Great Man - a man of great achievements, and a Good Man - the things that he did reflected an honorable character and a correct set of beliefs. Jimmy Carter was a Good Man who missed being a Great Leader in that he consistently proposed the wrong answers because he had the wrong set of beliefs. George H. W. Bush was a Good Man who missed being a Great President because he attempted to compromise with Democrats, who did not share his integrity and correct beliefs.
George W. Bush will certainly go down in history as one of the better presidents - far better than Clinton, and certainly better than Obama has any hope of being. Bush's domestic policy has been less than muscular because he, like his father, has shown far too much respect to the socialists who run the Democratic party. But his foreign policy has been brilliant - and no emotional screeds to the contrary can change that one whit. Because of Bush's watchmanlike foreign policy, the U.S. is safe once again. We will not be so under Obama. Because of Bush's wisdom and courage, the Middle East is changed for the better, and Muslim terrorism is on the run. We can not count on the respect that he has earned being maintained by an Obama administration.
But in the end, History has a way of sorting these matters out.
Both Truman and Reagan were underappreciated by the chattering class when they left office, but "truth will out." And truth will out for George W. Bush as well.
Though despised today, very soon Americans will look back with fondness to the rational and courageous leadership of a thoroughly good man.
And while he may not be treated as one of the Greats by History, he will certainly be recognized as Better Than The Rest.
George W. Bush possesses numerous character traits that America needed at a particularly volatile time - courage, integrity, and competence. Unfortunately, the American sheeple have demonstrated their propensity for style over substance in choosing an elective president who lacks all three of these virtues - and apparently all others as well.
11-05-2008, 08:09 PM
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Not sure about "one of the greats", but not the worst or one of the worst, probably a bit below average.
Whatever is said about him, he did keep America safe after 9/11.
11-05-2008, 10:51 PM
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I agree with you...G.W., despite his shortcomings, is ABSOLUTELY better than Clinton or Barrack. And I still can't figure out why nobody picks on Jimmy Carter.
11-06-2008, 08:28 AM
Policies that led us to increased dependence on foriegn oil (the windfall profits tax)
Policies that led to the mortgage crisis (Community Reinvestment Act )
Policies that led to Islamic radical domination of the Middle East (Naivety in dealing with evil - both in the Soviet Union and in Iran )
Obama will be lionized also, no matter what he does. It doesn't matter what the truth is, it only matters that you have a (D) behind your name.I long for the days when our President actually liked our country.
11-06-2008, 09:45 AM"Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
11-06-2008, 09:47 AM
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I hate the word "sheeple" when applied to any group of people, liberal or Conservative, Catholic or muslim, American or foreign.
But it will be pretty obvious to anyone looking back on history that President Bush was demonized by the very liberal media for his 8 years in office. I don't know if he'll be one of the greatest presidents, but he will be remembered better than Clinton, who will land somewhere in the "average" category.
The term "Great" is reserved for presidents like Washington, Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, and Reagan.
11-06-2008, 10:42 AM
Bush43 executed the war EXTREMELY POORLY.
He allowed the Arab oil nations to walk all over us as well.
He didn't secure our borders. He failed to submit employers of illegals to harsh penalties.
He failed to build a security wall across our southern border.
Bush43 was a below average president.
He can take heart that Carter was much worse and that Obama will even be worse than that.If leftists didn't have double standards, they'd have no standards at all.
11-06-2008, 10:55 AM
The Bull Moose finds no fan here....pretty much rode all over the Constitution whereever he wanted. Not saying he didn't do good things, but he also brought about our "progressive" taxation of current.
Great choices with the others though! My all time 5 greatest Presidents are Jefferson, Washington, Cleveland, Lincoln and Reagan. :D"Don't vote. It only encourages the bastards." -PJ O'Roarke
SonnabendGuest11-06-2008, 11:50 AM
In time you lot will be wishing he could come back. A good man has been wrecked and the damage to the Presidency is incalculable.
Y'know....I did find one instance of this kind of fervor...this kind of adulation, this kind of worship.
They hailed this man as their "saviour", they sang "He would save the city from their pain"..but not for long.
His name was Caligula.
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