Good Riddance George W. Bush, the End of an Error!

December 19, 2008
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The end of the Republican Party

I have been a registered Republican since 1976.  I have been oriented toward fiscal responsibility, the rule of law, and genuine national defense, since I was nine years old.

Once upon a time the Republican Party was composed of big people with ideas big enough to do the big job of leading this big country; people like Ronald Reagan and H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

For reasons cited above, I have been profoundly disappointed by W. Bush and his administration of this country. He ran as a conservative but governed as a big government internationalist, the worst since Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s, doing so without Johnson’s redeeming support for Dr. Martin Luther King on civil rights and on fiscal responsibility.

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I do appreciate that W clearly is not racist, having appointed more blacks to high position than any other US President. He also is belatedly evidencing a quality of grace in turning over the reins of this nation to Barack Obama. But aside from these qualities, I ask you to name one worthwhile achievement by this Republican President.

If you want to talk about Iraq, I will point out that no American President has ever been so stupid as to attack the wrong country; wasting vast amounts of money, military resources, and this nation’s good name to accomplish absolutely nothing of value. No President in the history of this country has ever allowed himself to be so misguided.

No President in the history of this country has ever been so Un American. In his abandonment of our constitution and disregard for the rule of law, Bush gave real Americans genuine concern over the real and serious undermining of fundamental American principals that took place in his administration of our Executive Branch of government. He took an oath of office to uphold the US Constitution. I am certain he has never read that document, even once in his life, much less tried to understand it.

He badly fumbled the War on Terror and this Nation’s economy. This country has not seen a worse military leader since General Custer asked, “What Indians?” Have you noticed bin Laden still has his own tape and video production company. Given the best military and intelligence organizations in the world, Kemo Sabe W never got his man, electing instead to pour valuable time and resources down the wrong rat hole. As former White House terrorism czar, Richard Clark once said, if al Qaeda ever explodes a nuclear weapon in an American city, we’ll know who to blame.

Thanks to excessive market deregulation, excessive free trade policies, inattention to serious health care issues, and excessive levels of military spending, America’s middle class, the backbone of its democracy, is now facing the worst economy since Reagan took office, perhaps the worst since the Great Depression. The Bush administration managed to create this mess out of the economic prosperity and federal budget surpluses that Bill Clinton handed over to them.

Don’t bother with silly accusations about what Bill Clinton was doing with his spare time in the oval office when Newt Gingrich, the Republican Speaker of the House who impeached Clinton, was doing the same thing in his own spare time.

The Republican Party campaigned against Obama, not on the strength of its ideas, for those had been lost under W, but on the weakness of its irrelevant character attacks. They tried to convince the American people that Obama, an outstanding graduate of Harvard Law School, a multimillion dollar best selling author, a friend of people such as Warren Buffet, was a ‘terrorist’ That is seriously lame and those Republicans who bought into that are also seriously lame.

Many Republicans tried to convince the American people, that Obama, an active member of a Christian community for some 20 years, was Muslim. That is more than lame, it is Un-American. Even Bush, in his September 20, 2001 speech, declaring War on Terror, proudly pointed to freedom of religion as one of the fundamental rights those who attacked this country on 9/11 were are trying to take away. America is a country that separates church and state, and empowers its citizens to worship or not worship God as they see fit. The answer real Americans give to the accusation that someone might be a Muslim is, ‘So What!’

If you agree with President Bush’s September 2001 War on Terror speech, then you need to understand that those who really are Palin’ around with Terrorists are those who try to assault the Freedom of Religion every American has.

The strength of character required to be President is almost always derived from a depth of faith. Whether trying to attack a presidential candidate’s character by falsely associating them with a less traditional religion, as with Barack Obama; or properly associating them with a less traditional religion, as with Mitt Romney; if that person’s faith has demonstrated it is deep enough to be a source of strength enabling that person to become a serious candidate for this country’s highest office, than real Americans will respect that faith.

Republicans have strayed badly from the great party they once were and have done so to the extant they have forgotten what it means to be a real American. America has never been about being as small and narrow as possible. It has always been, and will always be, about being able to fly as high as we belong, born upward by the winds of freedom.

If most Republicans are trying to do away with that, than most Republicans are trying to do away with America.

As I’ve learned about how small minded Republican operatives lied about Bill Clinton’s Presidency to discredit it with the American people, as I’ve learned about how narrow minded right-wing radio and media has been in misleading the American people to gain electoral advantage, I have become more and more disgusted with the Republican Party itself. In its determination to highlight the small and narrow minded, in its pursuit of the lowest common denominator in American politics, it has chosen to become small and narrow minded and is choosing to become the lowest common denominator in American politics.

I will support President Obama from the false Republican attacks and disinformation certain to come. If he proves able to make the most of the opportunity the fumbling and low reaching Republican party has given him, then I see little reason to continue identifying myself with such a party.

By their warmongering and incompetence, by their determination to continue reveling in the mud trough, the Republicans are amply demonstrating this country would be better off without them.

I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.
- George W. Bush, September 20, 2001

Charles Edmond Coyote

Read also my article: The downfall of the Republican Party

GOOD RIDDANCE BUSH, THE END OF AN ERROR

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