This writer liked President Reagan, both as a man and as President of the United States. He was a bright shinning example of what a President should be and it still shows. Reagan is the benchmark leader against whom both those in the Republican Party, witness the recent ten-way debate among Republicans tying to out-Reagan one another, and constant media comparisons.
Ronald Reagan was an outstanding leader, visionary, and communicator. He was a man with focus and will, while projecting an image of warmth and confidence. He was not distracted by the nation’s leftist media, was gracious to everyone including his enemies, and was especially gifted at being himself.
It was FDR who was on par with Reagan at charismatic leadership.
In comparison and contrast to either, Bill Clinton is a pimple on an elephant’s behind. Intellect aside, Clinton lacked moral and ethical substance, and was first and foremost for Bill Clinton. For Ms. Rodham Clinton it’s about power. From everything this writer reads nothing has changed in the six years since they left office, fingernails dragging groves across the White House furnishings, floors, porch and driveway. Some are there to serve, others to be served, the Clintons and too many in Congress comprise the latter.
What America needs are more of the former, although FDR was a socialist he loved America, and none of the latter.
One asks, “Why is GW Bush so loathed by the media?” In the writer’s opinion, first because he made it clear from the outset that he trusts in God, that alone drives the media up a tree, because any major politician who trusts in God is to be destroyed. (Can you imagine how the American media and Islam would get along? Think Daniel Pearl writ large.) Secondly, he does not pander to them although he recognizes their power. Third, unlike his predecessor, he makes no effort to spin news, he confronts it head-on. This stands in contrast again to his immediate predecessor who envisioned himself the latter day embodiment of a combination of Jefferson and Kennedy and was an excellent communicator, tragically for him and America, misguided.
GW Bush is himself, he doesn’t act, doesn’t pander, and since “911” has remained focused on keeping America a safe place to live and grow. Despite the enormity of the progress on both the War on Terror and a thriving economy and stock market, he receives no credit, rather, he is constantly maligned by both political extremes and unlike his immediate predecessor does nothing to defend himself. His predecessor devoted enormous economic and mental resources to destroy his political enemies; something that from time to time this writer wishes GW would do, but as a Christian will not. He forthrightly acknowledges his mistakes that are plenty. But that aside he has the nation’s interest foremost at heart.
In this writer’s opinion the single biggest mistake he made was to keep in place Clinton appointees who then proceeded to stab him in the political back at every opportunity. It was the fox in the chicken coop, and GW was the latter. The latest backstabbing of that series is the one rendered by George Tenet.
Has GW been right about the way he has run things in Iraq? No.
One hate-motivated writer notes:
“As of April 28, 2007, an estimated 24,912 American casualties in George W. Bush Iraq Civil War.
(Ed. Note: that’s about half the number who are killed annually on US highways, and about ten times that number are casualties thereon.)
As of May 2, 2007, 3,355 Americans confirmed killed in George W. Bush Iraq Civil War.
(Ed. Note: Every life is precious, and will be thrown away if Democrat politicians and the leftist media have their way.)
U.S. American Death Toll Passes 100 For April, 2007.
(Ed. Note: George Patton’s Third Army lost 500 killed per day during the push into Germany. During the battle of Iwo Jima, one of America’s bloodiest, Pacific battles, there were nearly 1000 US casualties per day in that less-than-30-day battle, with nearly 300 killed per day, or who later died of wounds.)
As of March 21, 2007, Bush Iraq Civil War has cost the America taxpayers almost $500 billion.”
(Ed. Note: In today’s dollars WWII cost more than $83 trillion.)
The real question is: “Is the War on Terror worth it?” This writer stands firm with the President despite his errors because he has learned from those errors, and because under his leadership America is safe…and free.
If the same writer above and others of the same ilk were not motivated by naked partisan-ship they would recognize how foolish they and the leftist media are. For them, it’s “do anything to damage and/or destroy the Bush Presidency.”
The “civil war” of Iraq will only be a waste if Democrat politicians, for whom the above writer like so many in the media is a patsy, (or, is it the other way around?) have their way and force an untimely and precipitous withdrawal of US Forces. Every American life lost will be wasted if the Democrat politicians have their way, and thus would make military service under a Democrat Commander-in-Chief of the present ilk, a farce. As of this writing, there isn’t a Democrat politician alive except Joe Liberman and Zell Miller who deserve the right to put American servicemen and women at risk to spill their sacred blood.
Finally, readers are reminded that the US would not be in this position today if Bill Clinton had done his job rather than philandering with a young woman half his age.
Copyright © May 6th, 2007, by Robert L. Pappas. With proper attribution, this essay may be quoted and redistributed. It may not be used in any way, in conjunction with any advertisement without the author’s expressed written permission.