The ship is yours to command now, Mr. President. It has been yours now for over a year, in case you hadn’t been made aware. Don’t you think that it’s about time that you stop using George W. Bush as your whipping boy? It’s…unmanly.
In an interview with ABC News, quoted by Stephen Dinan in today’s Washington Times, you said, “The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.” If it had been a radio, rather than a television interview, one would have sworn that ol’ Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton had returned.
More accurate, Mr. President, is Mr. Dinan’s quote in the same article from your own White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs. He said, “That anger is now pointed at us because we’re in charge. I think it would be inaccurate to just boil the results of yesterday (referring to Mr. Brown’s upset victory in Massachusetts) down to one issue,” (assuming that he refers to Obamacare). At first glance, the statement accepts a measure of responsibility. But it really implies that “that anger” is a product of, and would more properly be aimed at the Bush Administration. Mr. Gibbs might as easily have said, “It wasn’t us! We only work here! We’re just the cleanup crew!” Unmanly! Unmanly! And more unmanly!
That Mr. Bush committed his fair share of mistakes cannot be denied. His stance on illegal immigration enforcement was wishy-washy at best. Increasing Medicare Prescription coverage was expensive and controversial. Certainly his declaration of victory in Iraq was premature. That’s only to name a few. In short, Mr. Bush was not perfect. But this is not about him. This mess is not of his making, sir. It’s all yours.
Mr. Bush knew who the enemy was, and that they weren’t Americans. Also in today’s Washington Times, in an article by Jennifer Haberkom and Kara Rowland, and quoting from the same ABC interview, was this gem: “We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people (Do you realize that you sound like an ambulance chasing lawyer trying to drum up business on a cheap, local television commercial?). We know that we have to have some form of cost containment (You don’t mean it!), because if we don’t, then our budgets are going to blow up (Really? Do ya think?). And we know that small businesses are going to need help” (Don’t do us any more favors. You’ve done enough already!).
It has been said that Scott Brown’s victory sent a message to Washington that it is time for Washington to listen and pay attention to what Americans are saying. The message is that Americans have had it. As you were so fond of saying during the Presidential campaign, “Enough is enough!” It must be a terrible burden, that self-imposed assumption that you are smarter than everyone else. It doesn’t sound as though you are ready to take heed, Mr. President. It’s an open question that you will ever be ready.
For your edification, Mr. President, insurance companies are not the enemy. Neither, for that matter, are “Big Oil,” coal-mining or pharmaceutical companies, Ford Motor Company, nor a host of business conglomerates. Big business companies are not constituted by a small group of greedy executives who spend their days plotting devious schemes aimed at squeezing every last penny from consumers (that is, rather, what government does). Companies are made up of people, real human beings. Their founders invested their own money and resources, sometimes at the risk of financial ruin, in pursuit of success in their respective ventures. They did it because they wanted to make a living, because they wanted their children to have a better life than they did. They worked to succeed, some did, others did not. Either way, they took the risk. They deserve to profit for taking their risks just as surely as the loss would have been theirs had they failed.
In order to reap that profit, and to grow more profits, business entities need help. They employ literally millions of Americans in this country, and others throughout the world in order to profit and to grow. Yet another story in today’s Washington Times, this one from the Associated Press, brings the disturbing news that there were 482,000 new unemployment claims this month. Your economic policies, supported by the liberal/socialist/Democrats (LSDs) in Congress, are the cause, not those of Mr. Bush. It is your anti-business, anti-growth, pro-socialist, equality-of-outcome policies that are hurting businesses and costing jobs. Unemployment figures rose to over 10 percent on your watch, sir, not his.
Bailouts and the U.S. Government purchases of bankrupt automobile companies and banks were not Mr. Bush’s ideas. Nor is it his idea to tax the “big” banks, or to take action to keep them from becoming “too large,” or from making “excessive profits.” You are effectively limiting the choice of consumers to bank where they choose to bank. If a businessman took such an action, he would be hauled into court. Besides, who decides what is an “excessive profit?” You? The LSD Congress? A government panel of obscure, unelected government bureaucrats answerable to another obscure, unelected government bureaucrat? Is there a clause in the U.S. Constitution defining “excessive profits” that the rest of us somehow overlooked?
Mr. Bush favored allowing “Big-Oil” the freedom to increase exploration for new sources of oil and to drill for it in Alaska and offshore. It was his aim to make America an “energy-independent” nation, to use all of the energy options at our disposal, not just the ones that you LSDs like. Why do you stand in the way? The futuristic solutions which you and the LSDs favor may be years away, still in development. Some of them are not even on the drawing board yet, let alone in production or available to consumers at a reasonable price. Your “Cap and Trade” bill is a job-killer which will drive up energy costs to both producers and consumers. Your restrictions on developing American oil resources insures that Americans will remain subject to the whim of OPEC and Hugo Chavez. Very dangerous idea, but then you and Hugo did share a laugh and shake hands, and you did pay obesiance to the Saudi Arabian king.
It is you who stands shoulder to shoulder with Goofy Al Gore and the “scientists” who do not question the questionable “settled science” of the bogus “Global Warming” crisis (try saying that real fast ten times). Thank the Almighty that your “mission” to Copenhagen failed. Your success would have meant more lost jobs, more useless, expensive regulation which would have done nothing to “fix” the “crisis.”
After 9/11, Mr. Bush did what had to be done. He knew that his action would be unpopular, but he acted anyway. The terrorists started the War on Terror. He responded in the only way that he could, and sent Americans to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Saddam Hussein, who murdered thousands upon thousands of his own people, who gave money to the families of suicide bombers, was deposed and executed by his own people in Iraq. In Afghanistan, the Taliban were driven from power and into exile along with al Qaeda. Captured terrorists were imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, aka GITMO. It is the most secure terrorist “detainee” facility in the world, where the “detainees” cannot escape across open water to the continental U.S. You are determined to close it, a good world opinion of us and terrorist sensitivities foremost in your imagination. Mr. Bush gave priority to the safety and security of Americans. You, on the other hand, are reluctant to even think “Islamic terrorist.”
Mr. Bush would not have given free rein to his Attorney General to stage civil trials in American courts for terrorists, complete with the granting of the rights of American citizens to the creeps. He must be appalled at the concept of taxpayers having to foot the bill for their legal defense, much less their physical security. Nor would he have passed the buck by saying that the decision was for the AG to take. The decision, sir, was yours. It’s not too late to reverse it. The same applies to the AG’s abominable decision to prosecute CIA employees for legal, if harsh techniques were used during interrogations conducted during the Bush administration.
It isn’t Mr. Bush who proposes to ram the “Healthcare Reform” bill down the taxpayer’s throat, in the process enabling the U.S. Government to take over one sixth of the economy, a process which will drive up taxes, kill more jobs, and lower the quality of the American healthcare system. It isn’t he who, even in the light of recent election results in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, still seeks a mechanism to pass this horrible piece of legislation.
When you cancelled the planned installation of long-range missile defense systems in both Poland and the Czech Republic, in order to appease the Russians, and got nothing in return, you exposed yourself to the world as a weakling. Not only did you break a defensive agreement with a pair of American allies, but you did it in the faces of the enemy, both Russia and Iran. You took that action for one reason, to counter a common sense action that Mr. Bush had prudently taken. For some reason, you believe that Iran and Russia will understand your good intention and reciprocate. Sorry, Mr. President. In their eyes, you blinked. You deceive yourself in the expectation that the Iranians will ever seriously consider nuclear disarmament, especially after they acquire the capability to build such a weapon. They will continue to stall until they build one. Economic sanctions will not be effective. Disarming the Iranians, making sure that they cannot build a nuclear weapon will probably require the use of military force, sooner rather than later. If you have the determination to use that force anywhere in your makeup, the Iranians do not believe it. They laugh at the image of you sitting anxiously near the telephone, glancing nervously at your watch, waiting in vain for the phone to ring. If catastrophe happens, and the possibility is very near and terrifyingly real that it will, will you blame Mr. Bush? It says here that you’ll try.
Two nights ago, FOX News reported that you were asked to grade your performance for your first year in office. While trying hard to appear humble, you generously gave yourself, if memory serves, an “Aww shucks, guys…ok, but only ’cause you wanted me to” B-plus. No sir, it is shockingly evident that you entertain no intention of listening to us at all. For that alone, you rate an F.