Yep, I miss Bush – UPDATED

And if that annoys anyone, that’s too bad.

Seems increasingly like all the “Fascist Bush” caterwauling was the usual fake, dishonest theater meant as a means to an end – the end being to destroy the hated “election stealer” and his legacy, and not much more.

But you know, for someone who “did everything wrong,” his policies suddenly seem wise and right to some surprising people.

It’s easy to campaign and criticize. It’s much more difficult to govern, especially knowing that if you don’t keep the country safe, you don’t get re-elected.

And if you don’t get re-elected, good heavens! How can you continue and complete the coup?

Even with restrictions to free speech and the press watching your back as much as possible, and destroying all possible rivals, it will be very hard for them to spin it if people start saying, “at least Bush kept us safe, not like Obama.

So, the FISA stays, Gitmo (despite all the righteous-sounding rhetoric) is not so bad, after all. Terrorist-suspected detainees do not enjoy constitutional rights, after all. Patriot Act, stays. Whether succeeding presidents will abuse the powers Bush put in place to protect us is rather less a question than a surety. Not an “if” but a “when.” And that is troubling, oh yes.

Of course, if we’re destroyed from within, economically, socially and in every other way, well…that won’t be seen as “not keeping us safe,” will it? That will just be seen as “Obama’s brave economic unilateralism being unable save the country from the disastrous global Bush recession.”

But at least we had the courage to elect an “elegant man” as president.

And of course, a Democrat could never, ever have anything to do with economic disaster. And Bush and his administration never warned congress about Fannie and Freddie and this sort of stuff, or asked for some revisions to a ruinous policy.

You believe that, right? Of course you do.

Up is down.
War is Peace.
Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

Such disorientation.

Everything “unacceptable” about the last 8 years is now “acceptable.” Except, of course, the “wiser countries” led by tyrants and despots are our new friends, and our old friends are either being sacrificed or left to precede us to implosion.

Oh, and human rights – an issue for which Bush’s commitment was never much discussed in his own country Ah, well, these days human rights are less important than money, honey

The truth is, that’s what Bush was all about: Human freedom. All the cries of “fascist” and fantasies of assassination only emphasized his respect for free speech, and served as misdirection from the fact that human rights and freedom were what Bush was all about. Freedom for you and for me, and for Africans dying of AIDS and malaria, for hopeful Georgians and Eastern Europeans, for Iraqis and for the Cedar States. Freedom.

He should have steamrolled the congress into allowing domestic drilling; the resulting job creation and energy sovereignty would have been our salvation in the current climate, but he was a president who actually believed in working within the system. I mean, if Obama could declare things closed with a flick of the wrist, couldn’t Bush have done the reverse, and put teeth to it – particularly back when his approval ratings were high?

Oh, right, I forgot. If Bush had done that – or, for instance, or if he’d have tried to put the census under his own control – he’d have been called an “imperialist”. I keep forgetting the double standards.

Still, for all of his faults, and there are no perfect presidents, I miss Bush.

Bush was all for freedom. American-style freedom, writ large upon the whole world. Free speech. Free markets. Freedom to build and create. Freedom to criticize. Freedom to explore (yes, really). Freedom to pursue the American dream. Freedom from scolding. Freedom from fear. Freedom from want. Freedom of speech. Freedom of Worship. Freedom of Assembly.

The last American president did not get pissy and thin-skinned, calling out members of the press, who engaged in non-stop lambasting.

The last American president, despite all the nasty narratives, cried “freeeeeedom!” Even when he stammered.

Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom, the great achievement of our
time and the great hope of every time, now depends on us.
— G.W. Bush, September 20, 2001

A silly picture, just because it will piss so many people off

UPDATE: Imagine Imagine the world with Hussein (Saddam, not Barack) still in power.

The tingling legs and pitter-pattering hearts seem to be calming down, finally.

More good advice is needed.

UPDATE II: What Went Right For Bush and Obama sides with Bush in Spy case

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  • Mommynator

    Amen, Anchoress. Amen.

  • Leslie

    I was telling a friend, after hearing our president called, “an elegant man”, that the first thing I thought of was Jane Austin. She had an incredible understanding of people, and in her book, Emma, Emma knew a woman she didn’t like. But this woman was talked about constantly, so when pressed, she said she was elegant. I don’t know if I am as charitable as Emma,that when pressed, I could call Obama elegant, but, I don’t see that as a compliment to a president, who is supposed to be the leader of the free world.

  • stephanie

    LOL- you do know that the movie Braveheart was horribly, horribly inaccurate, right?
    It’s a pretty story…but told through a very distorted lens. Like some of this post, no?
    Those of us who didn’t trust Bush really disliked the Patriot Act because it could be used against us, the common citizenry- not only by the current president, but by future presidents. Are you maybe saying we had a point, after all???

    [Yes, I know Braveheart was inaccurate. Most films are! I don't know if I'd call the views in this post as "distorted," just simply different from other's opinions. As to the Patriot Act I was as uncomfortable as many others about it, but I understood the need for it, and yes, I understood that a different president could well abuse it. I trusted Bush would not, and there is no indication he did, as one of the many committees investigating him throughout his presidencies - I can't recall which - concluded. ;-) admin]

  • joewxman

    “Even with restrictions to free speech and the press watching your back as much as possible, and destroying all possible rivals”

    What is really more disturbing now with the press is that they are standing by and allowing Rick Santelli of CNBC to be ridiculed and treated in the most infantile way by the administration. If this were the Bush white house the press would have revolted openly. Instead they sell one of their own down the river in fear of the messiah.

    I’m not an unreasonable person nor am i prone to radical hyperbole but what i am seeing is terribly frightening to me. I wonder where we will be when the long hot summer arrives.

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  • Bridey

    Well, stephanie, if the Patriot Act was ripe for abuse, we’ve certainly found the guy to make the most of it, haven’t we?

    As far as Braveheart, well, one sometimes hears rumors that filmmakers put things in movies that they just made up off the tops of their heads.

    Actually, I understand it happens all the time.

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    Slowly, but surely, even the sycophantic MSM is beginning to see that Obama is a complete putz –

    What if They Held Breakout Sessions and Everyone Broke Out?

    Holding a “fiscal responsibility summit” at the White House in the middle of a government spending spree is a bit like having an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at a frat house on homecoming weekend.

    This could explain the sparse attendance at yesterday’s session. Economic Recovery Advisory Board Chairman Paul Volcker, penciled in to lead the session on taxes, didn’t come. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, listed as a moderator of the health-care panel, was also missing, as was Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, who had been tapped as a leader of the procurement session. Another mysterious absence: CIA Director Leon Panetta, the Clinton budget director, who was expected to lead the budget panel.

    “It is wonderful to see the speaker here,” President Obama said at the start of his remarks. True: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was in the first row, having walked in 10 minutes after the program began.

    “And,” the president continued, “we’ve got, uh, our representative — I don’t see Harry here.” Also true: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had another engagement, across town at the Newseum. * * *

    Yeah, this gives me a lot of confidence — just like free-falling Wall Street is totally thrilled with this guy.

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  • W.G.

    I was not surprised to hear Sean Penn get off another shot at President Bush.

    The learned Mr. Penn obviously doesn’t know his history too well (big surprise). He should go back and see the things drawn and written about Abraham Lincoln, who I’m sure ranks high as a the paragon of elegance.

    Lincoln was ridiculed for his appearance, both for being a (flyover) country bumpkin and for his height and long arms. In fact, he was frequently portrayed in cartoon and prose as a ‘gorilla’. He was vilified to a degree that would give even today’s lefties pause (or then again, probably not). Read some of Shelby Foote’s “The Civil War: A Narrative” for much-needed context.

    Also, visitors to Theodore Roosevelt’s home on Long Island wouldn’t necessarily come away with the word ‘elegant’ as a description, particularly after seeing the trophy room. The man who fought at San Juan Hill might even take issue with such a description.

    So, if it’s elegance Mr. Penn is satisfied with, I’ll stick with competence. So far, the ‘elegant’ one is far from encouraging. I wish him well.

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  • HNAV


    Thanks for a fine dose honesty, based on a factual record.

    Many Democratic Partisans are emotive, but are not thinking about sound policy, dominating the larger majority with a very loud voice, and a tiresome tendency to lie.

    They really look lost in a Partisan struggle, stuck in a political bigotry against others, instead of being interested in what is best for this Nation.

    That Partisan Pork Bill was an embarrassment, filled with pure politically bribery for Democratic Loyalists.

    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are making many wonder, if the US Congress has become completely inept.

    We watched Mr. Carter fail, with appeasement, taxation, and negativity.

    We seem to see it all happening again, with endless insecure references to bashing the former Bush Administration.

    It is sad to see, and yet, many Democrats seem to be in sincere denial.

    To be frank, Mr. Obama again looked completely in over his head today, playing the Captain in a political theater with a suspicious ‘fiscal responsibility’ as the plot.

    It is all very concerning.

  • chuck

    I have felt that President Bush will be ranked as one of the top presidents.

    For those of you who are looking for Historically accurate pictures from Hollywood or anywhere else for that matter, you might as well stop looking, there is no such thing. The motion picture industry is entertainment not education.

  • dmd25

    Oh, I miss him too, Anchoress….very much—in many ways for many reasons.

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  • ultraguy

    Re. the picture, not all comparisons work. After all, Mel Gibson’s character was literally eviscerated. Oh, wait a minute, maybe it’s more accurate than I thought! ;-)

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  • Misogynist

    US military says US military facility does not violate international law, news at 10

    [Ah, but that should be completely adequate. After all, the Obama campaign investigated its own fundraising and found no abuses! - admin]

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  • paul

    We too miss President Bush.
    For the first time the other day, when Bill Clinton gave a little advice to our new President, not only were we reminded of the excellence of President Bush, but of a sudden, for the first time, Bill C. looked almost good to us as well. Almost.

    And I must add, I am so impressed by all recent posts of Anchoress – She touches so many of the important buttons…politics and religion and national and diplomatic affairs…

    We do not know how you do it.

    But thank you.

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