The Madness of King George

June 1, 2007

He was steadfast in his will to go to war for freedom, to eradicate the world of tyranny, and keep the United States prosperous. It was admirable and just, or so we thought.
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We looked the other way as President Bush tried so hard to get Democrats to like him, turning his backs on conservatives in order to gain favor with those who made it clear that no matter what he did, they still won’t like him. His first term had warning signs, such as letting Ted Kennedy write the education bill, creating a new bloated government agency (Homeland Security) that did more of what was already being done, and the ‘Patriot Act’ again, doing more of what was already being done. I had every intention of voting for a Libertarian candidate out of protest in 2004 until Bush let the assault rifle ban go off into the sunset. Up until that point, Bush seemed more like a liberal than a conservative with the exception of his views on taxes.

He didn’t win, John Kerry lost. It was with great luck that George Bush had such an incompetent opposition, otherwise his Presidency would have been forgotten much like his dad’s Presidency. Still Bush the younger proclaimed that he had ‘political capital’ to spend, little did we conservatives know, we were that capital. He believed that conservatives would stay in his corner while he stabbed us repeatedly in the back.

Now, with his poll numbers almost as low as the Democrat congress’s numbers, he acts like he’s in competition with them. What’s he think he’s doing, the limbo-dance with approval ratings serving as the bar? I look at the horizon and it seems to me that we have two parties, both extremely intent on losing the next presidential race.

Instead of turning to, and energizing his core supporters, Bush continues to feed the hands that bite him. His core supporters wanted something done with immigration, such as enforcing the existing laws on the books, increase border security, or as some wanted, build a Berlin type wall to keep people out. Instead of conceding, compromising with conservatives, he compromised their values. He clashed with conservatives and spent more of that capital. Instead of explaning to conservatives his decision, he resorts to the tactics usually reserved to the left; that’s the demonization of those who opposed him.

If this immigration bill is supposed to save the GOP, wouldn’t his numbers jump up when they come out? I strongly suspect that they won’t increase, infact they’ll decrease. He seems to think that his critics quiet down when he slaps conservatives in the face but if that were the case, why are his critics deafening?
After suggesting that conservatives are being unreasonable and unAmerican for opposing this insane legislation, he then turns and betrays conservatives once again by doing an “U-turn on global warming“. It’s lunacy to anger those who stood by you for six years to please the people who mistreat you. It’s a maniacal derangement syndrome to slap your friends in the face for no apparent reason, act shocked when they get upset, slap them again, then punch them in the nose, and still expect them to like you?

Bush’s political capital sounds more like coins in a pocket and he’s acting like he’s got enough to buy a Lamborghini.

The real problem isn’t his arrogance, his ignorance, or his royal madness, the problem is the direction he’s led the GOP. He’s given our party a Rockefellar mentality, that when in doubt, give the benefit to the left, not the right. More importantly, he’s laid much groundwork to turn this once free country into a dictatorship.

When he didn’t finish the war with unquestionable victory, he left the door open for 9-11 and the war on terrorism to become nothing more than a political issue. Like the war on ‘Poverty’, ‘drugs’, and ‘Aids’, the war on terrorism will go unsolved so future politicians can pass more laws limiting our freedoms and be used for political postering.

My vote against Giuliani isn’t against America, it’s against the Contra Reagans abusing the party faithful. If Bush wanted to win this war, perhaps he should have thought about that before he betrayed his allies.

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10 comments
Chaddo
Chaddo

I'd like to respond to Mr. George Berryman point by point. First of all, let's get to the first point: Cutting taxes, Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, no federal funds for embryonic stem cell research, He didn't really cut taxes. He simply passed them on to future generations. Budget deficit is HUGE. Trying to get congress to allow drilling in ANWR - twice, And he failed. As a result, we're still depending on middle eastern foreign oil. Tens of millions freed from tyranny in the Middle East, killing terrorists left and right… Since when is it America's job to "free millions from Tyranny in the middle east?" This business of using American capital to "Make the world a better place" is pretty much the same logic used to defend the welfare state. Taking from the "haves" (that's us) and giving to the "have nots" (Iraq yeah, he is such a complete and total bastard.

Jeremy Pierce
Jeremy Pierce

I don't get it. People disagree on policy matters all the time, and they often say that someone else's policy is bad for America. That's perfectly consistent with thinking they've got their heart in the right place, and it's perfectly consistent with thinking they're not idiots. I'm not sure why this case is any different, but you, Peggy Noonan, Jonathan Adler at Volokh Conspiracy, and many, many others seem to think so. I can't read this any way other than the spoil-sport kind of attitude that kids have when things don't go their way. I'm not sure if I agree with this bill, but I don't think the statement that it's right for America and that those who oppose it want what's bad for America counts as demonizing them any more than it's demonizing someone to say that their pro-choice views are bad for this country and that they want what's bad for America. When liberals are on the receiving end, it's fair game, but once conservatives receive it it's somehow demonizing.

Chaddo
Chaddo

Hey Jeff. Very well said. I feel like such a fool. His second inaugural address should have alterted us all, when he suggested that it was America's mission to "End tyranny on this earth." What is conservative about that? I could go on endlessly, but you seem to have gotten the picture.

Mike Myers
Mike Myers

Hi, we need to run against our congress people, any one can, so do it. If nothing else you will get support to run them out of congress. Hang together or hang. I'll run against mine, if someone else will. inline

gregdn
gregdn

He never was a conservative. As Peggy Noonan points out, proclaiming it our duty to spread freedom around the globe is a starry eyed liberal thing. Add this to the NCLB, immigration and Medicare part D and you've got a liberal folks.

Will
Will

Seems like Peggy Noonan - Regan's primary speechwriter (and Bush senior's for awhile) - seems to have given up on W. too. Count me with her. http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id=110010148 FWIW, Regan's amnesty was as wrong then as Bush's is now. It directly contributed to the massive illegal immigration we have today.

Lantana
Lantana

Excellent post. You've summed up exactly how most conservatives are feeling these days. Bush was never a conservative, he was always an Elite. King George indeed!

Always On Watch
Always On Watch

And GWB is promoting the North American Union as well.

V the K
V the K

Well, the Amnesty bill is destroying the party. Bush has turned on us. He's insulting the base, and accusing those who want border security first of being bigoted and un-American. The RNC recently fired its entire phone solicitation staff because small donor contributions have dropped in half. The party was getting an earful from the base on Amnesty and they didn't want to hear it: link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070531-050131-2781r.htm We don't have to follow our leader blindly and unquestioningly. If we did, we'd be Democrats. We can also acknowledge that even Reagan made mistakes. Simpson-Mazzoli was one of them. But even Reagan really believed there was going to be border security and workplace enforcement after the 1986 Amnesty was signed. One of Bush's first acts upon coming into office was to slash workplace enforcement of immigration law 90%. For five years after 9-11, Bush did nothing to secure the southern border, only stepping up when he wanted his amnesty bill passed. Bush has also prosecuted border guards for guarding the border. Bush is dead to me. The sight of him and his cronies slobbering over Ted Kennedy on the amnesty bill turns my stomach.

George Berryman
George Berryman

"He didn’t win, John Kerry lost." Yowza. And this is why I am glad I put politics on a hiatus for a good long while. While you're busy pushing our President over a cliff, you might as well dig the Gipper up and do the same - after all, he signed Simpson-Mazzoli. As for Bush betraying his "allies" - what, the same "allies" who questioned his intelligence for nominating Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court? With backstabbing harpies for "allies" like Ingraham, Malkin and Coulter who the Hell needs enemies? A "U-Turn" on Global Warming? Good Lord. Wake me up when he decides we need to sign on with Kyoto and puts us on a timetable towards it. Think about what's said we need to do about Global Warming for a sec. He's saying that the G8 countries need to take charge on fighting carbon emissions. And that this should be done... oh sometime at the end of next year maybe. Right when he's getting ready to leave office. It's a punt, not a "U-Turn." Please. I might not agree with our President's stance on immigration but I am not about to shred him over it like a damned liberal engaged in political cannibalization. No, I voted for him twice and I'll support him even when I don't agree with him. Cutting taxes, Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, no federal funds for embryonic stem cell research, trying to get congress to allow drilling in ANWR - twice, tens of millions freed from tyranny in the Middle East, killing terrorists left and right... yeah, he is such a complete and total bastard. The Madness of King George. Give me a break. You sound like a headline from the freaking Guardian over in the UK. Ugh. I am saddened that we're on the "same side" of the political fence.

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