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Peggy Noonan: The Paragraph- Help the White House make the case for re-election
Opinion Journal ^ | 02/12/04 | Peggy Noonan

Posted on 02/11/2004 9:04:18 PM PST by Pokey78

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:06:27 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

When you are a conservative and tend to support conservatives, it will come as a surprise, and an unwelcome one, when you ding one, as I dinged President Bush the other day about his "Meet the Press" performance. Of those who responded, about 60% disagreed with me, and the rest were more or less in agreement. Many of those who disagreed with me said they thought the president had done well with Tim Russert, that the interview made clear his decency and sincerity. Others said I was kicking the president when he's down and that's the problem with conservative pundits, they can't be trusted. My answer is the obvious one: It is the job of a writer to write the truth as he sees it, and if it's an uncomfortable truth, then so be it.


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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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To: Pokey78
The Bush Mission Statement:

"Nearly 3 1/2 years ago, we were attacked on American soil by an enemy who had grown to believe that American Presidents were interested in nothing more than blow dried hair and blow jobs. Because of this attack, our economy faltered and our way of life was threatened. Since that time, by the grace of God and the foresight of this administration, our economy has rebounded to record levels and our citizens are safe and secure. I pledge to continue to secure our country so that our economy can grow."

51 posted on 02/11/2004 9:55:29 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Porterville
That depends. Why is the "National Guard" story still an issue when it was fully covered 4 years ago? The media is still largely in liberal hands.
52 posted on 02/11/2004 9:57:12 PM PST by Burkeman1 ("If you see ten troubles comin down the road, nine will run into the ditch before they reach you")
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To: Porterville
I haven't seen a pundant worth a load of garbage in a long time.

Well if YOU think so, I guess we should all just agree.

Seriously, do you think your opinion carries more weight than Peggy's? Or are you included with the rest of the "garbage"?

53 posted on 02/11/2004 9:58:00 PM PST by Snuffington
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To: Vision Thing
9-11 and the Bush coattails got us the house and senate in 2002, which was truely a great thing. But we have not capitalized on it, not transformed the country the way it should have been with that much clout and power. The rupublicans should have done more. Not everyone has profited from this stock market runup and there is where the resentment will come from.You will see.
54 posted on 02/11/2004 9:58:31 PM PST by SAR1
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To: Burkeman1
You are being charitable to Bush about his performance on Sunday. It was terrible. Why freepers are going insane against Noonan for pointing out the obvious is puzzling.

I disagree on the point it was terrible as I don't think he made any major gaffs. Bush made a few points in his speech, he just missed so many others. But I totally agree with you about Peggy, it is like so many people on this forum have no clue who Peggy is. She is not just some idiot columnist.

55 posted on 02/11/2004 9:59:12 PM PST by Always Right
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To: SAR1
The paragraph I'd like to hear from the White House is this:
PEGGY NOONAN WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP.
56 posted on 02/11/2004 9:59:20 PM PST by jraven
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To: Pokey78
Peggy bttt!
57 posted on 02/11/2004 10:00:21 PM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: DouglasKC
Well said.

Just need to add one thing...

Without a tomorrow....

the economy discussion, Bush's dental records proving he was in Alabama, the Meet the Press interview, etc., etc., etc., are all mute points.

NordP

58 posted on 02/11/2004 10:02:26 PM PST by NordP (Peace through Strength - W 2004 !!!)
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To: Snuffington
Give me one pundant that knew more than a third of the information that is true/relevant/prescient that the FR as a whole is able to gather??? Name one??? There is only one writer I can think of, Mark Steyn...
59 posted on 02/11/2004 10:02:44 PM PST by Porterville (Traitors against God, country, family, and benefactors lament their sins in the deepest part of hell)
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To: jraven
All well and good but noonan makes sense.Bush has got to be more eloquent and sure of himself. When he makes a speech he is good when it is well prepared. But when he talks off the cuff he seems very unsure of himself and his words are dreadful sometime. Sometimes I cringe when listening to him.
60 posted on 02/11/2004 10:03:23 PM PST by SAR1
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To: Pokey78
I think Noonan has it right: the base is restless. Bush has been a great war president, and cut taxes, and is on the correct side of several other things like Kyoto. However, he's on the wrong side of a number of big issues. Overall I'd give him a C minus. Most of us who think this way will probably still vote for him, but I wouldn't expect as much enthusiasm as if he'd been more aggressive on, say, immigration. And the "where else are they going to go?" attitude on the part of Bush political operatives really isn't helping.
61 posted on 02/11/2004 10:04:13 PM PST by John Jorsett
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To: Always Right
Peggy is a great writer agreed, but as such she often has her head in the clouds. She has a very sensitive and ethereal spirit. That's all well and good, but it doesn't suit the rough and tumble of election politics. She's panicking, calling Bush bumbling and his base scared. I admit I was taken aback when this campaign started with Kerry's emergence, but it's time for all of us to get our footing. Be calm and patient like W is. Kerry is already beginning to get beat up, and the polls have stabilized. As for energizing the base, Bush doesn't need to right now. His enemies are doing that for him. Bush is letting the fight be brought to him - hence the slow leaking of Guard info to keep them crazy, the waiting for them to bring up Vietnam so as to open up Kerry for his antiwar stances. Things are starting to roll...
62 posted on 02/11/2004 10:07:15 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: SAR1
You "cringe" when listenting to Bush! You are a "Troll", You are from "DU", why don't you join the Democrats!

Sarcasm over. Totally agree. Bush needs to shape his act up now despite what hacks and crazed Bush fanatics say now. They are no help to him. And that is what is funny- Noonan is trying to help!
63 posted on 02/11/2004 10:11:34 PM PST by Burkeman1 ("If you see ten troubles comin down the road, nine will run into the ditch before they reach you")
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To: SAR1
You just keep repeating that to yourself...since it delights your, utterly, to imagine PRESIDENT KERRY, or will it be Edwards ?

And IF the president isn't reelected, the vast majority on FR,who DO support his reelection will remember you and your ilk. We'll hold YOU accountable and never let you forget your Bushbashing.

Just why is it, that a whole lot of old timers, here, who haven't posted in years, are now crawling out of the woodwork, to trash the president? You guys and gals have how many nics ?

64 posted on 02/11/2004 10:11:48 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Old Sarge
"Noonan just wants to hear only one thing from the White House: "You're hired, when can you start?"

Ha! If that didn't permeate from Peggy's column, nothing else did!.....In fact, if you listen very closely, you will hear it permeating from some other people on this thread who may have "consulted" candidates.....and need work.....

65 posted on 02/11/2004 10:11:50 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: NordP
NO, It wasn't Ruth, it was Rose! I remember Rose, because I don't listen to Rush all that much anymore, but I was in the car when Rose went on her rant this week, and I will always remember that one. GO ROSE!!!!!
66 posted on 02/11/2004 10:14:46 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Burkeman1
Maybe I will join DU. Bush looks tired and distant. He is not connecting to people right now. He better watch out or he will end up like his father a one termer.
67 posted on 02/11/2004 10:15:23 PM PST by SAR1
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To: over3Owithabrain
She's panicking, calling Bush bumbling and his base scared.

Peggy wasn't panicking, she was just pointing out Bush's strengths and weaknesses. Peggy knows what it takes to win.

68 posted on 02/11/2004 10:16:39 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Pokey78

But here's what was most interesting to me. The letters in disagreement were often passionate and insisted that Mr. Bush will be re-elected. They were so insistent that I realized: They're nervous out there, the Bush people. If they weren't so nervous, they wouldn't have cared about bad reviews. They wouldn't have been so insistent.

< -snip- >

A final note on a challenge for this particular administration in putting together the re-election paragraph and making it new. Normally White Houses have a built-in fear of their own political base. It's the base that holds a president's feet to the fire. The anxiety a base causes can be inspirational; it keeps you on your toes. George Bush the elder forgot to fear his base; they reminded him why he should have. George Bush the younger has, since 9/11, been very close with his base. But now, for the first time, that base is a little restless--over immigration, high spending, etc.

< -snip- >

Now for our challenge. What should the Bush paragraph consist of? How to make it new? How to make it memorable, and true? Readers, you are invited to wrap up in one paragraph what the Bush campaign should say as it unveils itself anew. The White House reads this site. They'll see it. Take the floor and tell them how to do it.

"I did not have Amnesty with that Illegal Alien..."


69 posted on 02/11/2004 10:18:40 PM PST by Sabertooth (Sharpen your Long Knives lately?)
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To: nopardons
If Bush isnt reelected like spit you will blame me. Blame him for not connecting to real americans and issues that matter to most people. All I am doing is pointing out the weak points and lets work on them. Oh but you cant stand constuctive criticsm, you just call it bushbashing.Stupid
70 posted on 02/11/2004 10:19:13 PM PST by SAR1
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To: SAR1
Oh, I see, you lost money in the Clinton BUBBLE ( the BUBBLE burst in the last week of March 200, and market went on its BEAR slide starting then! ), but YOU want to blame your losses on President Bush. You know what? Just stay out of the markets and place the blame on yourself, for your gains or losses. The market goes up and it goes down. That's what it's always done.

No wonder you don't post much...LOL

71 posted on 02/11/2004 10:19:37 PM PST by nopardons
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To: SAR1
I would just say he wasn't prepared for that interview and Noonan was right on in saying so. Any organization that suppresses bad news won't last. Noonan was telling the truth about Bush's performance. It was not only bad- but unsettling. And yes- he had better watch out and pay attention to people who criticize him but yet still want him re-elected.
72 posted on 02/11/2004 10:19:43 PM PST by Burkeman1 ("If you see ten troubles comin down the road, nine will run into the ditch before they reach you")
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To: jraven
Me too!
73 posted on 02/11/2004 10:20:16 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Always Right
Peggy knows what it takes to win

Yeah, ok, a good paragraph!
74 posted on 02/11/2004 10:20:57 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: nopardons
They are not trolls, they are from the old age, before trolls, a time long before DUers even knew about FR they are balrogs..

(From:http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/default.htm?http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/b/balrogs.html)

The Balrogs originated as Maiar, beings of the same kind as Sauron himself. They were primordial spirits of fire that had allied themselves with Melkor in ancient times, and became the most feared of his servants, especially during the Wars of Beleriand in the First Age. Details of their numbers are hard to state with certainty, but there seem to have been relatively few of them - probably no more than seven.

In appearance, the Balrogs were man-like, but fire streamed from them, and they were swathed in dark shadows. They carried whips of flame and induced great terror in friends and foes alike. In the War of Wrath, Morgoth was assailed by the forces of the Valar. Most of the Balrogs were destroyed in that War, but some few escaped over the Blue Mountains and hid in Middle-earth. Durin's Bane, the creature that drove the Dwarves from Moria, was one of these.

Balrogs were spirits of fire - their hearts were of fire, we are told, and they carried whips of flame. They could, however, shroud themselves in darkness and shadow. The Balrog that Gandalf fought in Moria, for example, at first gave no hint of his fiery nature apart from the flames that issued from his nostrils.

75 posted on 02/11/2004 10:21:11 PM PST by Porterville (Traitors against God, country, family, and benefactors lament their sins in the deepest part of hell)
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To: SAR1
All I am doing is pointing out the weak points and lets work on them. Oh but you cant stand constuctive criticsm, you just call it bushbashing.Stupid

I've seen the term Bushbot thrown around as a derogatory term for so long on this forum, I was sick of it and never liked the usage. But now I see some on this thread are actually earning that badge. Bush is not perfect.

76 posted on 02/11/2004 10:25:45 PM PST by Always Right
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To: SAR1
Bush isn't his dad. He finished off Saddam. He didn't raise taxes. He connects with average Americans. He knows how to win - wars and elections. Send in your absentee ballot for Kerry now and quit your bellyaching.
77 posted on 02/11/2004 10:26:15 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: nopardons
Just trying to have an intelligent conversation thats all. I post too much, what the heck does that mean?
78 posted on 02/11/2004 10:26:32 PM PST by SAR1
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To: Steven W.
Split screen on one side a Jean Kerrey tossing some medals, on the other the President with his arm around the retired firefighter at ground zero. Below the caption "Who do you trust with the nation?"
79 posted on 02/11/2004 10:26:36 PM PST by Valin (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: SAR1
9-11 and the Bush coattails got us the house and senate in 2002, which was truely a great thing. But we have not capitalized on it, not transformed the country the way it should have been with that much clout and power.

In two years? Give me a break.
80 posted on 02/11/2004 10:28:32 PM PST by Valin (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: Porterville
Oh, I see.

Donning my kevlar suit.....I find TLOTR and THE HOBBIT unreadable and dreadful.

I was here from almost the beginning of FR. I lurked for almost a year before I actually joined. FR had trolls and disruptors, from almost day one.I have a far better than average memory and since FR had much fewer members in '97 and '98, than it has now, I remember most of the old timers very well. Recently, a whole lot of nics, with really early sign-up dates have appeared and most, if not all of them are trashing the president. I'm not the only one who has noticed it, but I am one of the few " old timers " to come right out and say so.

81 posted on 02/11/2004 10:28:46 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Valin
Its not real. Its false. Lets spend some more money fighting the terrorists in the homeland. They dont exist.
82 posted on 02/11/2004 10:30:19 PM PST by SAR1
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To: Pokey78
His paragraph should be "you are alive". That's what he has done for us, he's kept us alive after the horror of 9-11.

Perhaps the administration has forgotten to fear his base, but perhaps his base has forgotten to fear the results of 9-11. He has a big job to do, and it's not done and those who forget endanger us all.

83 posted on 02/11/2004 10:30:53 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: SAR1
BTW, the Dow closed at approximately 10,737, up about 123 or so from yesterday. Did anyone hear this mentioned on the top of the hour radio network news today?

I didn't.
84 posted on 02/11/2004 10:32:13 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: Always Right
Bush is definitely not perfect. Lets hope that he will find and get back his edge. He seems to be unfocused and preoccupied.
85 posted on 02/11/2004 10:32:19 PM PST by SAR1
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To: Porterville
Give me one pundant that knew more than a third of the information that is true/relevant/prescient that the FR as a whole is able to gather???

I enjoy FR too. But I also appreciate that mass-media political pundits work under different conditions than FR posters.

Feel free to disrespect and even hate them. But don't pretend the one is the same as the other. A WSJ journalist is not expected to rise through the ranks of anonymous internet forums and blogs and win some sort of championship to prove their worth (though, come to think of it, I'd like to see what resulted from that).

I mix major-media punditry, good blogs, and Free Republic to find the best political commentary. Finding the right blend is the key, because their perspectives as well as the imperatives of their media are different.

86 posted on 02/11/2004 10:32:22 PM PST by Snuffington
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To: SAR1
You're trying to have an " intelligent " conversation ? You coulda fooled me.

Frankly, I don't know anyone, not a single person, and that includes Dems ( thought they aren't politicians nor talking heads ), who blames President Bush for having lost money in the stock, or commodities, or options, of the bond market. If you do and you know others who do so too, then they have absolutely NO business in the " game ". They and YOU don't understand it.

87 posted on 02/11/2004 10:33:43 PM PST by nopardons
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To: DouglasKC
Bump - excellent! Although I'm pretty sure that the President would not stoop to utter the phrase "blow jobs" in public. How about substituting "sexual favors performed in the People's House"?
88 posted on 02/11/2004 10:34:23 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: nopardons
I've noticed too, but I wasn't sure what they were until I watched the second in the LOTR. But seriously, you think they signed up in the age of yore and pull a Gramschi, subversion from within??
89 posted on 02/11/2004 10:34:41 PM PST by Porterville (Traitors against God, country, family, and benefactors lament their sins in the deepest part of hell)
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To: SAR1
Lets spend some more money fighting the terrorists in the homeland. They dont exist.

Now you've truly outed yourself as one of Moby's Dicks. No terrorists in the US? You have heard of the busted-up Al Queda cells in Buffalo, West Coast, and elsewhere, no? Yep, nothing to see here folks, 9-11 was just a street crime, look away. no more terrorists.
90 posted on 02/11/2004 10:34:55 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: bootless
Have you seen what the experts in the white house have done to the dollar lately. Have you seen commodity prices as well as gold. We are an event away from disaster in this counrty.
91 posted on 02/11/2004 10:35:11 PM PST by SAR1
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To: DouglasKC
P.S. Gotta give it to you - there is a certain elegance in the phrasing of "blow dried hair and blow jobs." :-)
92 posted on 02/11/2004 10:35:19 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: All
Who says George W. Bush has done "nothing" for conservatives?
WhiteHouse.gov; various news sources ^ | 1/27/04


Posted on 01/27/2004 9:03:00 AM CST by Wolfstar

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1066122/posts?page=205
[ED. NOTE: In the last few months, FReeper Southack put together a list of Bush administration achievements over its first three years in office, and tirelessly posted it whenever an opportunity presented itself. Southack gave me permission to take that list, organize it by topics, and enhance it with further research from whitehouse.gov and other sources. This thread is posted in gratitude to and in honor of Southack.]

Abortion & Traditional Values

Banned Partial Birth Abortion — by far the most significant roll-back of abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade.

Reversed Clinton's move to strike Reagan's anti-abortion Mexico Policy.

By Executive Order (EO), reversed Clinton's policy of not requiring parental consent for abortions under the Medical Privacy Act.

By EO, prohibited federal funds for international family planning groups that provide abortions and related services.

Upheld the ban on abortions at military hospitals.

Made $33 million available for abstinence education programs in 2004.
Supports the Defense of Marriage Act — and a Constitutional amendment saying marriage is between one man and one woman.
Requires states to conduct criminal background checks on prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Requires districts to let students transfer out of dangerous schools.
Requires schools to have a zero-tolerance policy for classroom disruption (reintroducing discipline into classrooms).
Signed the Teacher Protection Act, which protects teachers from lawsuits related to student discipline.
Expanded the role of faith-based and community organizations in after-school programs.

Budget, Taxes & Economy

Signed two income tax cuts, one of which was the largest dollar-value tax cut in world history.
Supports permanent elimination of the death tax.

Turned around an inherited economy that was in recession, and deeply shocked as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
Is seeking legislation to amend the Constitution to give the president line-item veto authority.
In process of permanently eliminating IRS marriage penalty.

Increased small business incentives to expand and to hire new people.

Initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual investment accounts.

Killed Clinton's "ergonomic" rules that OSHA was about to implement; rules would have shut down every home business in America.

Passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account as a result of corporate scandals.

Reduced taxes on dividends and capital gains.

Signed trade promotion authority.

Reduced and is working to ultimately eliminate the estate tax for family farms and ranches.
Fight Europe's ban on importing biotech crops from the United States.
Exempt food from unilateral trade sanctions and embargoes.
Provided $20 million to states to help people with disabilities work from home.
Created a fund to encourage technologies that help the disabled.
Increased the annual contribution limit on Education IRA's from $500 to $2,000 per child.
Make permanent the $5,000 adoption tax credit and provide $1 billion over five years to increase the credit to $10,000.
Grant a complete tax exemption for prepaid or college tuition savings plans.
Reduced H1B visas from a high of 195,000 per year to 66,000 per year.
Character & Conduct as President

Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to the presidency.
Has reintroduced the mention of God and faith into public discourse.
Handled himself with enormous courage, dignity, grace, determination, and leadership in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 hijackings and anthrax attacks. He almost single-handedly held this country together during those searing days:
Just three days after the attacks, in his address at the National Cathedral, the President reassured the nation when he said: "War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing."


On Friday, September 14, 2001, President Bush visited Ground Zero. Standing on a crushed and burned fire engine atop the smoldering pile at Ground Zero, he put his arm around a retired firefighter who had volunteered to help, and began speaking to the crowd. Rescue workers shouted that they could not hear him. Someone handed him a small American flag and bullhorn. The President spontaneously shouted: "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." The crowd roared with cheers and chants of "USA! USA! USA!" Then he raised that American flag and rallied a nation:


Education & Employment Training

Signed the No Child Left Behind Act, delivering the most dramatic education reforms in a generation (challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations). The very liberal California Teachers union is currently running radio ads against the accountability provisions of this Act.

Announced "Jobs for the 21st Century," a comprehensive plan to better prepare workers for jobs in the new millennium by strengthening post-secondary education and job training, and by improving high school education.
Is working to provide vouchers to low-income students in persistently failing schools to help with costs of attending private schools. (Blocked in the Senate.)
Requires annual reading and math tests in grades three through eight.
Requires states to participate in the National Assessment of Education Progress, or an equivalent program, to establish a national benchmark for academic performance.
Requires school-by-school accountability report cards.
Established a $2.4 billion fund to help states implement teacher accountability systems.
Increased funding for the Troops-to-Teachers program, which recruits former military personnel to to become teachers.

Environment & Energy

Killed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.
Submitted a comprehensive Energy Plan (awaits Congressional action). The plan works to develop cleaner technology, produce more natural gas here at home, make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy, improve national grid, etc.
Established a $10 million grant program to promote private conservation initiatives.
Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.

Changed parts of the Forestry Management Act to allow necessary cleanup of the national forests in order to reduce fire danger.

Part of national forests cleanup: Restricted judicial challenges (based on the Endangered Species Act and other challenges), and removed the need for an Environmental Impact Statement before removing fuels/logging to reduce fire danger.

Killed Clinton's CO2 rules that were choking off all of the electricity surplus to California.

Provided matching grants for state programs that help private landowners protect rare species.

Defense & Foreign Policy

Successfully executed two wars in the aftermath of 9/11/01: Afghanistan and Iraq. 50 million people who had lived under tyrannical regimes now live in freedom.
Saddam Hussein is now in prison. His two murderous sons are dead. All but a handful of the regime's senior members were killed or captured.
Leader by leader and member by member, al Qaida is being hunted down in dozens of countries around the world. Of the senior al Qaida leaders, operational managers, and key facilitators the U.S. Government has been tracking, nearly two-thirds have been taken into custody or killed. The detentions or deaths of senior al Qaida leaders, including Khalid Shaykh Muhammad, the mastermind of 9/11, and Muhammad Atef, Osama bin Laden's second-in-command until his death in late 2001, have been important in the War on Terror.
Disarmed Libya of its chemical, nuclear and biological WMD's without bribes or bloodshed.

Continues to execute the War On Terror, getting worldwide cooperation to track funds/terrorists. Has cut off much of the terrorists' funding, and captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network.

Initiated a comprehensive review of our military, which was completed just prior to 9/11/01, and which accurately reported that ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE capabilities were critical in the 21st Century.

Killed the old US/Soviet Union ABM Treaty that was preventing the U.S. from deploying our ABM defenses.

Has been one of the strongest, if not THE strongest friend Israel has ever hand in the U.S. presidency.

Part of the coalition for an Israeli/Palestinian "Roadmap to Peace," along with Great Britain, Russia and the EU.

Pushed through THREE raises for our military. Increased military pay by more than $1 billion a year.

Signed the LARGEST nuclear arms reduction in world history with Russia.

Started withdrawing our troops from Bosnia, and has announced withdrawal of our troops from Germany and the Korean DMZ.

Prohibited putting U.S. troops under U.N. command.
Paid back UN dues only in return for reforms and reduction of U.S. share of the costs.
Earmarked at least 20 percent of the Defense procurement budget for next-generation weaponry.
Increased defense research and development spending by at least $20 billion from fiscal 2002 to 2006.
Ordered a comprehensive review of military weapons and strategy.
Ordered a review of overseas deployments.
Ordered renovation of military housing. The military has already upgraded about 10 percent of its inventory and expects to modernize 76,000 additional homes this year.
Is working to tighten restrictions on military-technology exports.
Brought back our EP-3 intel plane and crew from China without any bribes or bloodshed.
Globalization & Internationalism

Challenged the United Nations to live up to their responsibilities and not become another League of Nations (in other words, showed the UN to be completely irrelevant).

Killed U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court.

Told the United Nations we weren't interested in their plans for gun control (i.e., the International Ban on Small Arms Trafficking Treaty).*
The only President since the founding of the UN to essentially tell that organization it is irrelevant. He said: "The conduct of the Iraqi regime is a threat to the authority of the United Nations, and a threat to peace. Iraq has answered a decade of UN demands with a decade of defiance. All the world now faces a test, and the United Nations a difficult and defining moment. Are Security Council resolutions to be honored and enforced, or cast aside without consequence? Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?" We all know the outcome and the answer.
Told the Congress and the world, "America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country."

Government Reform

Improved government efficiency by putting hundreds of thousands of jobs put up for bid. This weakens public-sector unions and cuts undeserved pay raises.

Initiated review of all federal agencies with the goal of eliminating federal jobs (completed September 2003) in an effort to reduce the size of the federal government while increasing private sector jobs.

Led the most extensive reorganization the Federal bureaucracy in over 50 years: After 9/11, condensed 20+ overlapping agencies and their intelligence sectors into one agency, the Department of Homeland Security.*
Ordered each agency to draft a five-year plan to restructure itself, with fewer managers.
Converted federal service contracts to performance-based contracts wherever possible so that the contractor has measurable performance goals.

Health

Strengthen the National Health Service Corps to put more physicians in the neediest areas, and make its scholarship funds tax-free.
Double the research budget of the National Institutes of Health.
Signed Medicare Reform, which includes:
A 10-year privatization option.
Prescription drug benefits: Prior to this reform, Medicare paid for extended hospital stays for ulcer surgery, for example, at a cost of about $28,000 per patient. Yet Medicare would not pay for the drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers, drugs that cost about $500 a year. Now, drug coverage under Medicare will allow seniors to replace more expensive surgeries and hospitalizations with less expensive prescription medicine.

More health care choices: As President Bush stated, "…when seniors have the ability to make choices, health care plans within Medicare will have to compete for their business by offering higher quality service [at lower cost]. For the seniors of America, more choices and more control will mean better health care. These are the kinds of health care options we give to the members of Congress and federal employees. What's good for members of Congress is also good for seniors.

New Health Savings Accounts: Effective January 1, 2004, Americans can set aside up to $4,500 every year, tax free, to save for medical expenses. Depending on your tax bracket, that means you'll save between 10 to 35 percent on any costs covered by money in your account. Every year, the money not spent would stay in the account and gain interest tax-free, just like an IRA. These accounts will be good for small business owners, and employees. More businesses can focus on covering workers for major medical problems, such as hospitalization for an injury or illness. At the same time, employees and their families will use these accounts to cover doctors visits, or lab tests, or other smaller costs. Some employers will contribute to employee health accounts. This will help more American families get the health care they need at the price they can afford.

Homeland Security, Border Enforcement & Immigration

*See Government Reform above. Under President Bush's leadership, America has made an unprecedented commitment to homeland security.
Has CONSTRUCTION in process on the first 10 ABM silos in Alaska so that America will have a defense against North Korean nukes. Has ordered national and theater ballistic missile defenses to be deployed by 2004.

Announced a 9.7% increase in government-wide homeland security funding in his FY 2005 budget, nearly tripling the FY 2001 levels (excluding the Department of Defense and Project BioShield).
Before DHS was created, there were inspectors from three different agencies of the Federal Government and Border Patrol officers protecting our borders. Through DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now consolidates all border activities into a single agency to create "one face at the border." This not only better secures the borders of the United States, but it also eliminates many of the inefficiencies that occurred under the old system. With over 18,000 CBP inspectors and 11,000 Border Patrol agents, CBP has 29,000 uniformed officers on our borders.
The Border Patrol is continuing installation of monitoring devices along the borders to detect illegal activity.

Launched Operation Tarmac to investigate businesses and workers in the secure areas of domestic airports and ensure immigration law compliance. Since 9/11, DHS has audited 3,640 businesses, examined 259,037 employee records, arrested 1,030 unauthorized workers, and participated in the criminal indictment of 774 individuals.
Since September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has conducted more than 124,000 port security patrols, 13,000 air patrols, boarded more than 92,000 vessels, interdicted over 14,000 individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally, and created and maintained more than 90 Maritime Security Zones.

Announced the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), an internet-based system that is improving America's ability to track and monitor foreign students and exchange visitors. Over 870,000 students are registered in SEVIS. Of 285 completed field investigations, 71 aliens were arrested.

This week, the US-VISIT program began to digitally collect biometric identifiers to record the entry and exit of aliens who travel into the U.S on a visa. Together with the standard information, this new program will confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies.
Eliminated INS bureaucratic redundancies and lack of accountability.
Split the Immigration and Naturalization Service into two agencies: one to protect the border and interior, the other to deal with naturalization.
Signed the workplace verification bill to prevent hiring of illegal aliens.
Established a six-month deadline for processing immigration applications.
Information regarding nearly 100% of all containerized cargo is carefully screened by DHS before it arrives in the United States. Higher risk shipments are physically inspected for terrorist weapons and contraband prior to being released from the port of entry. Advanced technologies are being deployed to identify warning signs of chemical, biological, or radiological attacks. Since September 11, 2001, hundreds of thousands of first responders across America have been trained to recognize and respond to the effects of a WMD attack.
Judiciary & Tort Reform

Is urging federal liability reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits.

Killed the liberal ABA's unconstitutional role in vetting federal judges. The Senate is supposed to advise and consent, not the ABA.

Is nominating strong, conservative judges to the judiciary.

Supports class action reform bill which limits lawyer fees so that more settlement money goes to victims.
Politics


His leadership resulted in Republican gains in the House and Senate, solidifying Republican control of both houses of Congress and the presidency.

Signed an EO enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision regarding union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's wishes.

Second Amendment

Ordered Attorney General Ashcroft to formally notify the Supreme Court that the OFFICIAL U.S. government position on the 2nd Amendment is that it supports INDIVIDUAL rights to own firearms, and is NOT a Leftist-imagined "collective" right.
Signed TWO bills into law that arm our pilots with handguns in the cockpit.

Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national gun manufacturers.

*See Globalization & Internationalism.

Traditional Values, Compassion & Volunteerism

Endorses and promotes "The Responsibility Era." President Bush often speaks of the necessity of personal responsibility and civic volunteerism. He said, "In a compassionate society, people respect one another and take responsibility for the decisions they make in life. My hope is to change the culture from one that has said, if it feels good, do it; if you've got a problem, blame somebody else — to one in which every single American understands that he or she is responsible for the decisions that you make; you're responsible for loving your children with all your heart and all your soul; you're responsible for being involved with the quality of the education of your children; you're responsible for making sure the community in which you live is safe; you're responsible for loving your neighbor, just like you would like to be loved yourself."

Started the USA Freedom Corps, the most comprehensive clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities ever offered. For the first time in history, Americans can enter geographic information about where they want to get involved, such as state or zip code, as well as areas of interest ranging from education to the environment, and they can access volunteer opportunities offered by more than 50,000 organizations across the country and around the world.

Established the The White House Office and the Centers for the Faith-Based and Community Initiative — located in seven Federal agencies. The faith-based initiative supports the essential work of these important organizations. The goal is to make sure that grassroots leaders can compete on an equal footing for federal dollars, receive greater private support, and face fewer bureaucratic barriers. Work focuses on at-risk youth, ex-offenders, the homeless and hungry, substance abusers, those with HIV/AIDS, and welfare-to-work families.

The White House released a guidebook fully describing the Administration's belief that faith-based groups have a Constitutionally-protected right to maintain their religious identity through hiring — even when Federal funds are involved.
Issued an EO implementing the Supreme Court's Olmstead ruling, which requires moving disabled people from institutions to community-based facilities when possible.
Increased funding for low-interest loan programs to help people with disabilities purchase devices to assist them.
Revised the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 rent subsidies to disabled people, permitting them to use up to a year's worth of vouchers to finance down payments on homes. HUD has started pilot programs in 11 states.
Committed US funds to purchase medicine for millions of men, women and children now suffering with AIDS in Africa.

Heeding the words of our own Declaration of Independence, the president laid out the non-negotiable demands of human dignity for all people everywhere. On January 29, 2002, he said, "No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from them. We have no intention of imposing our culture. But America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity." As stated by the President, they are a virtual manifesto of conservative principles:
Equal Justice

Freedom of Speech

Limited Government Power

Private Property Rights

Religious Tolerance

Respect for Women

Rule of Law
93 posted on 02/11/2004 10:36:18 PM PST by Valin (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: nopardons
They've always done this nopardons. They signed up enmass (or someone did) and then they use the names as the occasion arises.

You and I BOTH have good memories.

94 posted on 02/11/2004 10:36:19 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: Pokey78

95 posted on 02/11/2004 10:36:27 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Snuffington
A lot of time, most the time, I write tongue in cheek, or finger in palm.... I like Peggy, just not since she been hanging around Crazy Man Chris Mathews...
96 posted on 02/11/2004 10:37:12 PM PST by Porterville (Traitors against God, country, family, and benefactors lament their sins in the deepest part of hell)
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To: NordP
I'll bet you'll hear Rose's call integrated into some radio spots...
97 posted on 02/11/2004 10:37:20 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: Porterville
That's exactly what I think they did! Look at my signup.I lurked here for almost a year before I did signup. I've been here a long time. I don't remember them at all. :-)
98 posted on 02/11/2004 10:37:39 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons
If it helps, I can explain the same way but use "Dune" as the reference! lol

99 posted on 02/11/2004 10:38:07 PM PST by Fledermaus (Democrats are just not capable of defending our nation's security. It's that simple!)
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To: over3Owithabrain
I havnt seen any terrorist thats bull.Where are they. Just like the aliens. Lets keep OBL alive so we can spend some more money on it. We should worry more about tim mcveigh types that have legitimate axes to grind
100 posted on 02/11/2004 10:38:12 PM PST by SAR1
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