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Bush The Insurgent (Fred Barnes On Why Bush Is Turning D.C Upside Down Alert)
Opinionjournal.com ^ | 11/23/04 | Fred Barnes

Posted on 11/22/2004 9:28:44 PM PST by goldstategop

By Washington standards, Mr. Bush is a misfit. He's different. He barely socializes at all and on weekends and holidays makes a beeline for Camp David or his ranch in Crawford, Texas. He'd rather invite Christian musician Michael W. Smith and his wife to the White House for dinner than eat out. If Mr. Bush really wanted to soothe establishment types, he'd invite them to state dinners at the White House, after which their names would be in the paper. But he's held fewer state dinners than any president in memory.

Mr. Bush is also a seriously religious man in a largely secular town. This has brought him no end of criticism. He also refuses to hide his loathing of the press, probably the most dominant force in Washington. In short, Mr. Bush hasn't tried to fit in.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dc; establishment; faith; fredbarnes; insurgent; presidentbush; principledleadership; secondterm; texascowboy
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VIVA LA REVOLUCION BUSHO! There's an insurgent in town and like the protypical Texas Cowboy of the frontier, he refuses to fit in or be tamed by Washington. Great Fred Barnes piece. Enjoy!
1 posted on 11/22/2004 9:28:45 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

D.C. needs a thorough full power pressure wash and GW is just the man to get 'er done.


2 posted on 11/22/2004 9:30:56 PM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: goldstategop
But he's held fewer state dinners than any president in memory.

Past presidents have had way to many state dinners.

3 posted on 11/22/2004 9:32:43 PM PST by eagle11
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To: goldstategop

What Church does President Bush attend?


4 posted on 11/22/2004 9:32:45 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: narses

United Methodist.


5 posted on 11/22/2004 9:33:58 PM PST by sinkspur ("It is a great day to be alive. I appreciate your gratitude." God Himself.)
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To: TADSLOS
Most Memorable Quote Of The Year Award: "'One tux a term,' a White House official said. "That's our idea of outreach to the Washington community." One tux a term. They'll love it in Flyover Country. The stuffy elites can go to their Tina Brown dinners in New York. The masses know President Bush prefers to keep the frip and frappery at arms' length as much as possible.
6 posted on 11/22/2004 9:34:43 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

He loathes the press........I really love that about him. He can't be bought.....I really really love that about him. He bends his knee before God.......God and I really love that about him.


7 posted on 11/22/2004 9:35:24 PM PST by marmar (Faith is a beautiful thing.....)
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To: goldstategop

Everytime I read articles like this, I'm reminded of how pleased I am that there are grown ups in the White House again!


8 posted on 11/22/2004 9:37:41 PM PST by NordP (Proud Member of God's GOTV)
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To: marmar

And it drives the libs to hate him. I love someone whom the libs hate so much. Americans concluded on November 2nd, if Bush is so bad, he must have some redeeming virtues. Indeed.


9 posted on 11/22/2004 9:37:56 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Just one more thing to admire about Bush.


10 posted on 11/22/2004 9:38:52 PM PST by unfortunately a bluestater
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To: sinkspur

That, deacon, is a denomination, not a church. Where does the President attend services on Sunday?


11 posted on 11/22/2004 9:39:05 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: narses

Dunno. He doesn't attend every Sunday. When he goes to Camp David, he has a minister come out for prayer.


12 posted on 11/22/2004 9:41:44 PM PST by sinkspur ("It is a great day to be alive. I appreciate your gratitude." God Himself.)
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To: sinkspur

A big difference from Clinton, who faked religious sincerity and carried a bible prominently with him to and from Sunday worship services.


13 posted on 11/22/2004 9:42:52 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: sinkspur

"He doesn't attend every Sunday."

How often does he attend Sunday services? Isn't Sunday attendance sort of a mandantory part of the Christian faith?


14 posted on 11/22/2004 9:43:53 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: goldstategop

Absolutely - if Bush has drawn the wrath of the likes of Rather, Jennings, Krugman and Moore --- he definitely did something right.


15 posted on 11/22/2004 9:44:39 PM PST by wildcatf4f3 (out of the sun)
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To: narses

Posh. Actually, in the Christian Bible, it says to profess your faith quietly and not shout it from the rooftops as the hypocrites do. So Bush is being a committed Christian.


16 posted on 11/22/2004 9:45:27 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
GW's idea of steppin' out.


17 posted on 11/22/2004 9:46:44 PM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: goldstategop; GatorGirl; maryz; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; livius; ...

Aha, so the Catholic doctrine that we have an OBLIGATION to attend services every Sunday is "posh"? (What is 'posh'?)


18 posted on 11/22/2004 9:47:39 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: narses

A variety of them...in Washington, usually St. John's Episcopal across from the White House. In Crawford, the local Methodist church(Laura is a long-time Methodist); also, they have gone to Easter Sunrise Service at a nearby Baptist church, and have worshipped at the chapel on base at Fort Hood. Also, Bush credits Billy Graham with causing him to change his life's direction, and Franklin Graham has stood in for his elderly father at times when Bush wanted a favored religious speaker at some event. There is also a Methodist minister from Houston, an African-American, with whom he is very close(name escapes me...somebody help).


19 posted on 11/22/2004 9:48:15 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: goldstategop

I am reminded of Andrew Jackson, who never fit in Washington but who dominated the place anyway.


20 posted on 11/22/2004 9:48:27 PM PST by RobbyS (JMJ)
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To: goldstategop; wardaddy; Travis McGee; Nick Danger; section9; wretchard; dead; Dog; blam; Howlin; ...

"Mr. Bush's agenda is post-Reagan in its conservatism, which means it's more far-reaching and thus more threatening to the establishment. Mr. Bush would not only reform Social Security and allow individuals to invest a portion of their payroll taxes in financial markets, he would also revamp the entire federal tax code and fill the Supreme Court with judicial conservatives. And those are only his domestic plans. In foreign affairs, Mr. Bush would make aggressive efforts to spread democracy around the world the centerpiece. The foreign policy élite is aghast."


21 posted on 11/22/2004 9:49:14 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: goldstategop
He also refuses to hide his loathing of the press


22 posted on 11/22/2004 9:49:24 PM PST by alnick
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To: txrangerette

How often does he attend Sunday Services?


23 posted on 11/22/2004 9:50:21 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: goldstategop
better put; Wasington DC is the Fallouja of liberal hornet nests that suffer this latest election assault...
24 posted on 11/22/2004 9:51:12 PM PST by DBeers
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To: unfortunately a bluestater

This little tale reveals more about who Fred Barnes is and who he isn't. In a time of war,state dinners and other festivities just might appear unseemly and even improper to all except "beltway boys". Maybe he doesn't realize that Washington's insiders may have to get used to things W's way.


25 posted on 11/22/2004 9:52:12 PM PST by CBart95
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To: marmar

He wants to open the borders of the United States to millions of illegal immigrants.....

I don't love that about him.


26 posted on 11/22/2004 9:52:14 PM PST by Bullish
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To: TADSLOS

Or,

DC needs an enema.


27 posted on 11/22/2004 9:52:28 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.)
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To: txrangerette
The Bush family is Episcopalian, but the difference between Methodism and low Church Episcopalian ism is slight. The common thread is evangelicalism.
28 posted on 11/22/2004 9:52:30 PM PST by RobbyS (JMJ)
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To: marmar

He does loathe the press. How could you not? However, Nixon allowed this to overcome him many times and he challenged the press which led to his downfall. The press has been in the business of destroying presidents ever since.

Bush has not allowed the press to goad him into any major mistakes by staying out of the spotlight and letting Rove do all the heavy lifting PR wise. I think this administration is a Godsend to America, however, the administration needs to do a better job of getting its side out. Not easy when the MSM hates you more than any president in the last 35 years and has sold its last shreds of dignity in order to defile his legitimacy.


29 posted on 11/22/2004 9:52:44 PM PST by ChinaThreat
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To: narses

Thought of it...Kirby John Caldwell...I think that's his name.


30 posted on 11/22/2004 9:53:08 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: narses
Isn't Sunday attendance sort of a mandantory part of the Christian faith?

Absolutely not.

31 posted on 11/22/2004 9:53:14 PM PST by alnick
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To: wildcatf4f3

Screw them all. If they are on the tax dole....then screw them for messing with our man. Screw private idiots---especially rathergate. Excuse me for my anger.


32 posted on 11/22/2004 9:53:21 PM PST by hmong
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To: goldstategop; MeekOneGOP; potlatch; Happy2BMe; PhilDragoo; abigail2; Smartass; FairOpinion

"Posh. Actually, in the Christian Bible, it says to profess your faith quietly and not shout it from the rooftops as the hypocrites do. So Bush is being a committed Christian."



Hear Hear!

All in favor of letting others define our faith or politics raise your hands now!







33 posted on 11/22/2004 9:54:12 PM PST by devolve (                         )
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To: Bullish

I love the sinner but hate the sin. I don't agree with every policy of Bush's but I think he's mostly doing what's right for this country.


34 posted on 11/22/2004 9:55:09 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

One of the reasons I so admire President Bush. Is that he takes the job of protecting and running the country so seriously.

As an adult should!

Not some Priapic Frat-Boy, Pillsbury Dum-Bass or overaged, supperattenuated Boy-Toy Gigolo.

I hope the President plans another Thanksgiving with the Troops.

Just to PO the perpetual party-people!

Jack.


35 posted on 11/22/2004 9:55:55 PM PST by Jack Deth (When In Doubt.... Empty The Magazine!)
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To: goldstategop
Bush is the mirror image of FDR. FDR was hated by the Republicans when he came to power because he was viewed as a traiter to his class, which during that time meant that he was a traiter to the ways and mores of the Republican elite that had previously run the country for 30 years.

Fast forward 70 years and its the Democratic elite that has been running the country decades and now along comes Bush, who should be part of the Democratic elite given his Yale and Harvard background, but instead Bush is in the process of cementing the hold of the Republican barbarians on power for the next generation. And to top that, he disdains everything the Democratic elite holds dear. Whereas they are militantly secular, Bush has become a born again Christian. Whereas they believe they should be in charge of their fellow citizens, Bush belives the citzenry should be in charge of themselves (hence the ownership society). Whereas the Democratic elite believes that the multilateral institutions know best (because they are composed of the power elite from other countries), Bush is singularly suspicious of multilateral institutions and is unwilling to do anything that would limit the ability of Americans to protect their singular way of life. I could go on, but I think the point is made. Bush is viewed as a traiter by all of the 'well-bred', 'well-educated' people that inhabit the Northeast, along with a smattering of the left coast counties, which is why he is so hated. The liberals can mock knuckleheaded red-staters, but they reserve a special hatred for people like Bush who they view as having completely gone over to the 'dark' side.

36 posted on 11/22/2004 9:56:03 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: narses

From what I have seen, I think more often than not. But there are times when someone comes to where he is like Camp David and conducts a service for him and whatever family, friends or staff want to attend.


37 posted on 11/22/2004 9:57:12 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: goldstategop
Mr. Bush's agenda is post-Reagan in its conservatism, which means it's more far-reaching and thus more threatening to the establishment.
38 posted on 11/22/2004 10:00:44 PM PST by ladyinred (Congratulations President Bush! Four more years!)
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To: alnick

that is one of those great tells-it-all pics.


i bet most freepers have that book too.

McGowan's Coloring the News is actually better though.


39 posted on 11/22/2004 10:01:21 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: narses

You have made your point narses.


40 posted on 11/22/2004 10:02:12 PM PST by ladyinred (Congratulations President Bush! Four more years!)
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To: RobbyS

By Bush Family, you mean his parents. I believe the reason he attends St. Johns is because of its convenience to the White House, and they are very used to having Presidents and other dignitaries in attendance there. I don't think he thinks of himself as an Episcopalian or a Methodist; that is my impression. I think Evangelical Christian is the applicable term in his mind, which you mentioned.


41 posted on 11/22/2004 10:04:28 PM PST by txrangerette
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To: goldstategop

It appears that W is hog tyin' and brandin' W's on more than the DemoRat Jackass.


42 posted on 11/22/2004 10:05:16 PM PST by Navy Patriot
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To: vbmoneyspender
They hate him because he is one of us!! He hates the Stone-age press, but he likes Fox News just fine.

Pray for W and Our Troops

43 posted on 11/22/2004 10:07:53 PM PST by bray (Nam Vets Rock!!)
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To: devolve; Salem; dennisw; F15Eagle; Barnacle; little jeremiah; Boazo; Grampa Dave; ...
Thanks for the ping on this one, Devolve.

I'll pass it along as a 'Media Bias Against George Bush' for his being a 'Man of Faith' - ping.

(It's very short, and a very good read.)

________________________________________________

In short, Mr. Bush hasn't tried to fit in (to the Washington hypocritical snob crowd).


44 posted on 11/22/2004 10:08:47 PM PST by Happy2BMe (It's not quite time to rest - John Kerry is still out there (and so is Hillary))
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To: ladyinred

Did anyone else get the point?


45 posted on 11/22/2004 10:13:24 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: alnick

Ah, then Catholics flunked that part of the test?


46 posted on 11/22/2004 10:14:34 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: Happy2BMe

You'd have to be really obtuse to fit in with that crowd of perverted squid in the Communist Rat Party...


47 posted on 11/22/2004 10:14:54 PM PST by ApesForEvolution (Why did I surf over to FR while I'm on vacation? Happy Holidays everyone!)
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To: alnick

So you understand your Catholic brethern:

I. THE SABBATH DAY
2168 The third commandment of the Decalogue recalls the holiness of the sabbath: "The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD."[92]

2169 In speaking of the sabbath Scripture recalls creation: "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it."[93]

2170 Scripture also reveals in the Lord's day a memorial of Israel's liberation from bondage in Egypt: "You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out thence with mighty hand and outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day."[94]

2171 God entrusted the sabbath to Israel to keep as a sign of the irrevocable covenant.[95] The sabbath is for the Lord, holy and set apart for the praise of God, his work of creation, and his saving actions on behalf of Israel.

2172 God's action is the model for human action. If God "rested and was refreshed" on the seventh day, man too ought to "rest" and should let others, especially the poor, "be refreshed."[96] The sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.[97]

2173 The Gospel reports many incidents when Jesus was accused of violating the sabbath law. But Jesus never fails to respect the holiness of this day.[98] He gives this law its authentic and authoritative interpretation: "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath."[99] With compassion, Christ declares the sabbath for doing good rather than harm, for saving life rather than killing.[100] The sabbath is the day of the Lord of mercies and a day to honor God.[101] "The Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."[102]


48 posted on 11/22/2004 10:18:48 PM PST by narses (Free Republic is pro-God, pro-life, pro-family + Vivo Christo Rey!)
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To: txrangerette

"By Bush Family, you mean his parents. I believe the reason he attends St. Johns is because of its convenience to the White House, and they are very used to having Presidents and other dignitaries in attendance there."

Indeed, St. John's is nicknamed "The Church of the Presidents" and there are kneelers with various Presidents' names needlepointed on them. It's worth taking a few minutes to tour the inside when visiting D.C. Beautiful stained glass windows.


49 posted on 11/22/2004 10:19:40 PM PST by GOPrincess
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To: narses
the Catholic doctrine that we have an OBLIGATION to attend services every Sunday

If one can find a Mass. That's the problem for so many in parts of the country. It's easy to find a Protestant service masquerading as a Mass. But an actual Mass can be very difficult to find. We're talking end times, here - maybe not tomorrow, or next year, but not too long.

50 posted on 11/22/2004 10:20:33 PM PST by sevry
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