His passage of the Patriot Act will haunt all of us, Kaslin.
However, the left has done an excellent job of labeling GWB as the bad guy. He wasn’t overall, but he did make serious mistakes like the Patriot Act.
What it really comes down to: the rats control the media.
My complaint about Bush was he was worthless. He made no progress on any of the existential threats to the Republic.
Poppy restarted the decline that Reagan had momentarily halted and turned in the right direction direction.
The economic turnaround was all a Reagan illusion. Voodoo economics don't work, doncha know, so elder Bush and all who have followed have systematically undone those reforms and taken us to where we are now, admiring the view from the fiscal cliff.
If you're going to blame Bush, start with the original. All things flow from the source.
Bush is Emmanuel Goldstein. He caused aids, global warming, and Hurricane Katrina. Teen pregnancy is a result of Bush additives to the public water supply.
Only Obama can save us. But he needs to be freed from legal and constitutional limitations, so that he can ‘kick some a**’ and punish the greedy.
There. Newspeak isn’t so hard.
When you know the nature of a thing, you know what it is capable of.
Here’s the big conservative Bush, just a few years prior to the housing crash, pushing home loans for totally unqualified minorities. “You can have as good of home as anyone else”.
He squandered the greatest opportunity since Pearl Harbor!
From his famous scene standing on top of a burned out fire truck, till his famous quote of “you are either with us or against us” he had it right. But then, like his father's entire term, and Reagan's second term, he committed the unpardonable sin - he began listening to and acting in accordance with the advice of “advisers”.
Soon words like “inclusiveness” and “consensus” replaced direct action. And the laser like focus that should have been there was replaced with muddled group speak. This nonsense ruined GHWB’s term in office in its entirety. It really made Reagan's second term nowhere equal to his first. And once GWB stopped listening to his own heart and started following the advice of the nitwits around him, his presidency was lost as well.
To bring this country together, even for a few months, takes a Pearl Harbor type event. They don't happen often. And to have been President during one and squandered the opportunity, it a failure of the highest order.
Doubtless, it was easier for Clinton to just recognize that he had to deal with a Republican Congress than it would have been for Bush to move heaven and earth to fix things that were amiss. That's luck I guess.
But bad luck isn't an excuse. Sometimes you have to step up, and Bush didn't.
As long as the stupids on Amerika keep buying that it is Bush’s fault, the dims will continue using it.
I was trying to think the other day how much worse this political season could be. I wondered, or wandered, how things would look if we’d have gotten Gore for 4 years followed by Kerry for 4 more. Then of course Oblama for 4 more. I started feeling ill and tried to direct my thought towards more important things like eating, or fishing, or hurling. Then I thought, I’m probably going to get the chance to find out. Only the names might be a little messed up. Think I’ll go to lunch.
After years on this forum there is little doubt in my mind that you Kaslin are one of the best and most productive posters to FR.
the inane and foolish commentary that pursues your posts clarifies how conservatism has driven itself toward political oblivion. Your detractors obsess to suggest that bush is as bad or worse than Obama.
The fact that you continue to make clarifying and compelling posts is truly inspiring.
Keep up your great work.
Next to Reagan, GW Bush was the greatest president of my lifetime. History will be kind to him once we get past the poisonous atmosphere of today.