Tom, I agree 100%
My first vote was for George McGovern. I voted for Democrats right through Al Gore.
Bush troubled me because he made jokes about his intellect and I feared how that would translate to people like Bin Laden and Saddam because I did follow foregin policy and took Clinton seriously in speeches like his 1998 address to the Joint Chiefs on Iraq.
Now I find myself blogging this back in Feb,Bush's second Inaugural Speech sums it up for me. I don't think I've ever been so for a politician as I've been for President Bush.
"America has need of idealism and courage, because we have essential work at home --the unfinished work of American freedom. In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty."
Bush has given voice to Joseph Bottum's New Fusionism,The angry isolationist paleoconservatives are probably right—this isn’t conservatism, in several older senses of the word. But so what? Call it the new moralism, if you like. Call it a masked liberalism or a kind of radicalism that has bizarrely seized the American scene. Mutter darkly, if you want, about the shotgun marriage of ex-socialists and modern puritans, the cynical political joining of imperial adventurers with reactionary Catholics and backwoods Evangelicals. These facts still remain: The sense of national purpose regained by forceful response to the attacks of September 11 could help summon the will to halt the slaughter of a million unborn children a year. And the energy of the pro-life fight—the fundamental moral cause of our time—may revitalize belief in the great American experiment.I don't think I'm alone in feeling this transformation. If the Republicans don't bungle things, it will continue and grow. The great, gnawing fear is what's to become of the Democratic party. We need two party's and the Democrats are falling apart. One need only look at the Liberal bloggers and their profanity and oddness. (See Dean Barnett, Why the rise of the left-wing blogosphere has been bad for the Democratic party. ) It's a sad future for the party and not good for America.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Tom Roeser: Bush's Legacy
Roeser writes on Bush's Legacy today. I can't get the comment below to post, but I agree with him a 100%. Bush will be one of our greatest Presidents.