Wednesday, January 21, 2009

George W. Bush, A Tribute

Welcome home Mr. President!

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  1. I was wondering how Reagan and Bush can be compared on equal levels? Do you think the Reagan Revolution is really still intact after Bush' "neocon" movement?

  2. I have to say, the most delightful thing here was the "old" Dubya coming out again. Suddenly the strains of the last eight years seem to be dropping away, and the hugely charming, witty and good-humoured Texan gent we fell in love with all those years ago is re-emerging from the times of darkness and war and (largely media-generated) confusion.

    Yes, Bush has made some catastrophic mistakes, but it counts strongly in his favour that there's not a single one of these that his opponents would not have made - and would not have made worse.

    And I'm definitely going to be getting that book.

  3. Imagination, You can compare Reagan and 43 on many levels. 1. Tax cuts
    2. Conservative judges 3. Strong Commanders-in-Chief 4. Missile defense 5. Both believed in "American exceptionalism."

    I do think President Bush failed when it came to expanding the Federal government. Reagan would have never gone along with the expansion that Bush did. When you read "The Reagan-Revolution Continues" on my page, it does not mean,per se, that Bush was Reagan. Did Bush follow some of the Reagan model? Yes! What the "revolution" banner means is that we need to continue what Reagan started.
    Who is that "Reagan" in 2012? I do not know at this time but I surmise we will know about the mid-term elections as the horse race will have began for 2012. There is a good chance there will not be a "Reagan" emerge for the 2012 race . But after the failure called McCain, I don't think the GOP will try that model again. I hope!
    Thank you for your comments Imagination.

  4. Oliver, Thank you for comments and I would agree with everything that you said. I am going to re-print something that I found on the Oak,Ash and Thorn blog and I think that you will appreciate it as much as I did.

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
    But make allowance for their doubting too,
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
    If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
    If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much,
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
    I think this says it all!

  5. Your posts are informative. I'll be bookmarking your site. More power!

    Til then!