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.
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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