Yes, it’s almost considered criminal in this day & age to buck the popular trend. We are so overcome by a deluge of media and paid talking heads, that some people are often afraid to think for themselves or form their own opinions. It is a lot easier to just go with the flow, run with the crowd. On the topic of Bush the talking points have been clear as day – hate him.
Andrew Breitbart comes out of the closet in support of President Bush today and I can only agree with what he writes wholeheartedly. I think Bush has done an excellent job. In fact, this same ‘run with the crowd’ Bush mania hatred manifested well before the last 2004 Presidential election.. Yet, Bush won that one too. Maybe there are more independent thinkers out there than we give credence.
President Bush is far smarter, more articulate and less ideological than his plentiful detractors scream, and, ultimately, he will be judged by history – not by vengeful Democrats, hate-filled Hollywood, corrupt foreign governments, an imploding mainstream media or fleeting approval ratings.
George W. Bush is history’s president, a man for whom the long-term success or failure of democracy in Iraq will determine his place in history. He may end up a victim of his own tough choices, but the cheerleading for his demise when Iraq’s outcome is yet determined has hurt America and possibly set up the next president for the same appalling partisan response.
The fact that the United States has not been attacked since Sept. 11, 2001, far exceeds the most wishful expert predictions of the time. Perhaps facing another al Qaeda-led barrage would have reinforced our need for national unity, caused us to recognize the gravity of the Islamist threat and fortified Mr. Bush’s standing at home and abroad. Yet, thankfully, that never happened. And Mr. Bush has been punished for this obvious success. [...]
America enjoyed phenomenal economic strength for much of the Bush terms, despite a devastating attack and Clintons hand off of the dot com bubble burst. Bush wasn’t handing out mortgages and did not cause a housing bubble, so blaming him for recent ills seems far fetched as well. Have there been odd foreign policy moves? Indeed, there have. But much of them came after the highly charged & partisan hatred directed at the Administration around 2004 and the 2nd term, the effect was a watering down of Bush’s foreign policy. In combination with insurgency in Iraq, it seems clear that at that time Condi Rice took over here in this part of the world, and frankly - both at the NSA and now at State no one has been a bigger personal disappointment than Condi for me. This affects my view of Bush somewhat, but no man is perfect. Most in fact are farther from it than we care to admit.
Overall, Bush angered Democrats merely by existing, he angered Conservatives by trying to be bi-partisan on key issues, and in the end Congress spent like savage maniacs angering everyone, but the focus goes to the President naturally. I look at his approval numbers which are abysmal, yet they still smoke Congress’ numbers by multiples. Through it all, President Bush has tried to lead using his inner compass to guide him above all else. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but that is exactly what leadership means to me. He’s been a great friend to Israel, a great defender of America & Democracy around the world, and when the greatest challenge modern America faced reared its terrible head, President Bush led with everything he had.
I admire him. Whether or not you do too, it behooves me to see how one might judge his arching Presidency right now, when so much of what he looked to accomplish is clearly forward looking and will require the less partisan eye of history to truly judge with any honesty. I hope the next President will equally earn my deep respect, anything less may be disastrous imho.