I think one of the saddest things I’ve seen in quite awhile is this book by Scott McClellan. It is tragic. There is no happy ending for this story, none. Scott McClellan, unless he becomes a vast left wing nut, is finished. He has betrayed people who were good and decent to him. He’s burned his Republican bridges, but from what I hear from Michael Medved’s broadcasts, his mother detests GWB and the GOP, has gone third party. His father is a disbarred Texas attorney.
I am sick and tired of Republicans Bush-bashing. Once again we go back to their pandering and complete lack of character. These are the same cowards who quake when Grassfire and Numbers USA comes a’callin’. They’ve sold out to lobbyists. They’ve never seen a program they don’t want to fund. And they are just as corrupt as the Democrats. Absolute power breeds absolute corruption. They have been completely repudiated by the American voter for their hypocrisy. What do they do? Our little conservative Republicans in the House turn on George W. Bush, and make him the enemy. And, they are aided by their handlers in conservative talk radio.
I have news for you, it’s time for Civics 101. The US House of Representatives is where funding is proposed and allocated. The Senate either agrees or disagrees. The bills are reconciled and sent to the President of the United States of America to be signed. Last week Michael Reagan was castigating George W. Bush as the ultimate evil for not vetoing the high spending bills. There’s one reality in all of this. Do you really think CONSERVATIVES in the House would even allow the veto to stand? Considering what the did last week with the agriculture bill, let’s deal with reality here.
We hear how badly the White House has treated conservatives in the House and the Senate, but we never hear the same multi-millionaire talk radio hosts discuss how nasty President Bush has been treated by those same individuals. The door swings both ways. There has been open hostility in the conservative ranks against President Bush for years.
If you stop and talk to the rank and file Republican who isn’t blogging, but just the average person, you may be shocked to discover that they are still supporting President Bush. You may also find a tremendous amount of anger and outright hostility against conservatives who we feel have betrayed both the President and the GOP. Anyone who disagrees with the select few is criticized, subjected to malicious and mendacious canards and figuratively burned at the stake. They’ve lost the ability to comprehend that the GOP is a big tent. As long as someone agrees with a very specific list of items such as freedom of speech, thought, and association; free enterprise; and limited government…. The basic idea is FREEDOM.
I’m a Republican Because…
I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.
I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government…
We even have a creed that says we bow before no one – liberal or conservative.
I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.
If I can seek opportunity,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream
And build, to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to
the thrill of fulfillment
to the state of calm utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master,
save my God.
It is my heritage to stand erect,
proud and unafraid.
To think and act for myself,
enjoy the benefit of my creations;
to face the whole world
boldly and say, “I am a free American.”
And so, Republicans are castigated. We are treated like dirt, just like President Bush, by a very small minority within the party who have turned Ronald into a tin-plated god, and then used his memory to dictate the way they want us to believe. If these people had treated George W. Bush with the respect he so greatly deserves, I honestly think we would not be in this mess today. If they had behaved with honor – had truly followed the sayings of the one they have begun to worship, we would still be the majority party.
Ronald Reagan repeatedly stated that anyone who agrees with him 80% of the time was NOT the enemy. He also said we were not to speak ill of our fellow Republicans. The worst of it, those of us who are castigated, along with the President have not wavered or changed our beliefs. President Bush, like Ronald Reagan, is a man of honor, of faith, of decency. And, like Ronald Reagan before him, has been treated hideously by those who feel he is not pure. The same conservatives who today castigate and malign George W. Bush are the very same ones who maligned and castigated Ronald Reagan.
Richard Viguerie is one of the worst offenders. Once he discovered he could not manipulate Ronald Reagan, he turned on Reagan, the way he had turned on George W. Bush and the way he is doing his best to destroy John McCain and the GOP. James Joyner at Outside the Beltway slams Viguerie and what he did to Reagan and to Bush.
As usual World Net Daily is continuing the Viguerie lies. He was NOT the Reagan Architect. He detested Reagan. Conservatives talk about liberals and their amnesia. LORD HAVE MERCY! Newsmax spreads the Viguerie lie. Please follow the bouncing ball: These are the SAME PEOPLE who are trying to use Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party to defeat or undermine John McCain. They are spoilers. They are soreheads. They are users and manipulators.
THE BOTTOM LINE
George W. Bush is in very good company. If the same people who detested Ronald Reagan are castigating him, history is going to come down on the side of George W. Bush just as it has Ronald Reagan. I don’t know about you, but frankly I’m getting sick and tired of this.
Ed Koch writing in RCP takes the view, the same as mine, that history is going to redeem George W. Bush.
DEFENDING GEORGE W. BUSH
If Republicans would stand up for their President he wouldn’t be subjected those lows polls. There is one little thing, if you read the internals, you will find more Dems are being asked the GOP. They’re also throwing in a healthy dose of independents to manipulate the numbers.
I’m not a 100%er when it comes to President Bush. I think No Child Left Behind was well intended but it doesn’t work. Just talk to a teacher and they will tell you why. In order to make sure everyone learns, the really bright kids are being left behind – bored out of their minds.
My greatest criticism in President Bush is the fact that, unlike Ronald Reagan, he has never stepped up to and manipulated the Bully Pulpit. He is responsible for some of his low numbers – because he’s way too much like my father. “I’m right, so who cares.” Heck, we all know he’s right.
If Ronald Reagan was The Great Communicator, George W. Bush is The Worst Communicator. There are times when I could just scream at the TV. He won’t fight for himself. He just stands there and let’s ‘em hit him, over and over again. Now this McClellan S*IT is just going to make it worse.
I’m begging the man, just once, before he leaves office, come out and throw a few punches.
To me he is the perfect embodiment of my very favorite poem:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!