President George W. Bush is a fiscal socialist that greased the skids for the [Marxist] socialist, Barack Hussein Obama.
McCain can win this election if at tonight’s debate he says, “You know, Barack, your economic policy has been tried by Karl Marx, in the Soviet Union, in Cuba and by Jimmy Carter … it is really trickle up poverty.
~ radio host Dr. Michael Savage, Oct. 15, 2008
Prologue to a catastrophe
I, like most conservative Republicans, have been increasingly outraged and frustrated with the presidency of George W. Bush. However, let me state at the onset there are several things I can think of off the top of my head that Bush did well during his two terms as president of the most powerful country in the history of the world:
- In 2001 Bush implemented a $1.35 trillion tax-cut program – one of the largest tax cuts in U.S. history;
- His father, Bush 41, appointed one conservative justice – Clarence Thomas, Bush 43 appointed two moderate conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court – John Roberts and Samuel Alito;
- Bush has kept America from another terrorist attack since 9/11.
That said, Bush lied to the American people by portraying himself as a conservative Republican in the tradition of a Ronald Reagan. With less than 100 days left on his presidency, it is self-evident that Bush 43 indeed is his father’s son – a liberal Republican in the tradition of Prescott S. Bush (father of Bush 41 and grandfather of Bush 43), Thomas Dewey, Dwight Eisenhower, Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
On Oct. 13, Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz was on Fox News’ show “Hannity & Colmes,” being interviewed about his newest book, “The Failure Factory,” and made a shocking revelation about the Bush administration:
COLMES: … You know what I find very amusing about the book was that all the bad guys are liberals. And you referred to, for example, liberals in the White House, liberals at State. Condi Rice is a RINO – Republican In Name Only. Andy Card, liberal Republican. Stephen Hadley conducted liberal policies at State. Dan Bartlett, communication director for Bush, had a liberal political outlook. Karen Hughes, Bush adviser, a liberal Republican.
These aren’t just entrenched bureaucrats. These are people Bush chose to be around. I didn’t know Karen Hughes was a liberal or Dan Bartlett was a liberal or Condi was a Republican in name only, as you say in the book.
GERTZ: Well, I think – I think it’s very important to point out that, beyond just being liberal, they’re anticonservatives. That is, they regard conservatives as worse than liberals. And that puts them, to me, in the liberal camp.
COLMES: Condi does? Dan Bartlett? Andy Card? The people who ran the Bush White House?
GERTZ: Oh, yes. Yes, they facilitated this liberal bureaucracy which is now out of control.
COLMES: So are you saying that Bush is not in control of his own White House?
GERTZ: Well, he cast himself as a compassionate conservative, and I argue that he’s neither, that his administration is neither. He’s done tremendous damage to the conservative movement.
At the end of his second term, Americans can now plainly see that they have been made fools of by Bush’s so-called philosophy of “compassionate conservatism.”
In my opinion, the entire Bush presidency was a colossal sham. Bush’s rhetoric was as Ronald Reagan; however, his reality was as Savage characterized him, a “fiscal socialist” who favors open borders, exploding debt and anti-American, globalist policies that economically, morally, socially, culturally, legally has plunged America into a paroxysm that we may never recover from once the Marxist Obama assumes the presidency.
Why has Bush 43 been such a miserable, incompetent president? While the reasons are too many and complex to delineate in this short article, allow me cite a few policy concerns:
- By August 2007, due to increases in domestic and foreign spending, the national debt had risen to over $10 trillion dollars, an increase of over 70 percent from the start of the year 2000, when the debt was $5.6 trillion, according to Wikipedia.com;
- Bush is perhaps the worst communicator out of all the presidents in modern times. He is so inept at conveying even the simplest ideas without that bewildered look, pausing in awkward places, repeatedly saying, “uuuhhh,” “aaahhh,” “uuuhhhmm” and excessively stuttering for no apparent reason even while reading the teleprompter;
- The United States entered 2008 with a shaky economy, consisting of a housing market correction, a sub-prime mortgage crisis, soaring oil prices and a declining dollar value. In February, 63,000 jobs were lost, a five-year record, and many observers believed that a U.S. recession had begun.
In retrospect, I truly believe that George W. Bush was an accidental president – a man unworthy of the presidency; a man who shouldn’t have even been elected governor of Texas. Bush is a pitiable figure with deplorable political skills, a lack of intelligence and most tragically, an inability to surround himself with competent advisers who have read, understood and can explain these three fundamental books during these perilous times – the Bible, Plato’s “Republic” and Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose.”
Moses vs. Bush
What is the difference between Bush 43 and the ancient prophet Moses? Both were given gargantuan tasks by God – leading America from 2001-09 vs. leading the children of Israel through the desert from the grinding bondage of slavery in Egypt to the promised land of Canaan (1450-1410 B.C.).
Here is the difference: While both men had terrible rhetorical skills, Moses honestly accessed his abilities and his audience; he knew that he didn’t deserve so great an honor to be the leader of the children of Israel. Moses was fully aware that his speaking skills were poor and constantly petitioned God to choose someone else:
And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
God eventually granted Moses his brother Aaron to become his spokesman:
And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
Conversely, Bush, seemingly too proud and ignorant to realize that he is a horrible speaker with even fewer political instincts and intellectual abilities, faked it for almost eight years and drove the greatest country in the history of civilization into the Great Depression part II.
Moses was wise because he honestly admitted his inabilities before God. Therefore the great prophet has ascended the steps of Parnassus as one of the greatest heroic figures of both Judaism and Christianity.
Since Bush seems impervious to both criticism or correction, after he leaves office in January 2009, history will justly cast him into the abyss of ineptitude, corruption and irrelevance along with other failed U.S. presidents of the past – men like Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce (descended from a second cousin of his mother, Barbara Bush [née Pierce]), Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.