Thank You, President Bush9
January 8, 200
As I type this article, I think of the figurative-millions of both
mundane and serious things I’ve done over the past seven-and-a-half
years with absolute confidence in America’s safety. That confidence was
inspired by the steadfast leadership and unblinking courage of President
George W. Bush, as he faced our country’s most deadly enemies and
succeeded in preventing another ghastly attack on American soil after
I know, I know. Let me count the ways that Republicans and conservatives
have railed against our 43rd president’s deficit spending, his refusal
to pardon the American border-guard heroes Ignacio Ramos and Jose
Compean, his "going socialist” with multiple bailouts, and his departure
from any other number of bedrock conservative principles.
And let’s not forget the hysterical leftwing-media and their minions who
did everything in their power to undermine the president – during
wartime –by writing revisionist-history books and articles, compromising
national intelligence (and therefore security), waging bogus lawsuits,
and engaging non-stop in their typically childish temper tantrums.
Yet in spite of all their sound and fury, President Bush kept a steady
course, delivering on his promise to keep America safe
"All this time,” writes law professor Thane Rosenbaum in the Wall St.
Journal, "Americans have been safe from suicide bombers, biological
warfare and collapsing skyscrapers, while the rest of the world has been
on red alert.”
Yes, by transforming the intelligence services and other institutions
charged with our security and preparing the United States military to
meet the challenges of the 21st century, the president allowed all of
his critics to be secure in their own homes.
If he had done nothing else, that would have been more than enough for
me. Because without safety, a country – just like a family, just like a
patient in a hospital – is as good as dead. Today, over 300-million
Americans can thank President Bush for keeping them safe while they,
themselves, enjoyed seven-and-a-half years of doing a figurative-million
things without worrying about the next terrorist attack on our shores.
How did he do it? In the face of savage pummeling, plunging poll
numbers, a treacherous Fifth Column, and worldwide threats from not one
but multiple terrorist regimes – all intent on "humbling” big bad
America – he let our enemies know that any threat to our safety would be
met with a draconian response.
Did he promise to bomb Mecca and Medina, unleash our nuclear weapons on
threatening nuclear countries like North Korea, or tell Iran’s madman
and his puppet thugs in Hamas and Hezbollah that he would defend a
democratic Israel come hell or high water? We’ll never know the answers
to the first two questions, but the president has been the best friend
that our staunch ally in the Middle East ever had, even while the
Arabists in the Pentagon and the State Department tried mightily to
undermine his support of Israel.
Thank you, President Bush, for keeping all of us safe!
Speak Softly...Carry a Big Stick
Just how did President Bush go about striking fear into the hearts of
our Islamic-fascist enemies? He never used – as they routinely do –
menacing language or outright threats. Not once did he lose his temper
or pound his bully pulpit. He tried on multiple occasions to appeal to
their "sensitivities” and "humanity,” but clearly these qualities were
What did he say that so clearly resonated in the ossified hearts of
those who celebrated 9/11 by dancing in the streets and who gleefully
held up as gruesome trophies the heads of Americans they had cut off at
When President Bush said, "bring it on,” our enemies believed him! They
▪ Our Commander-in-Chief topple the murderous tyrant, Saddam Hussein,
and free 25-million people to vote – for the first time in their lives –
in free elections.
▪ America’s heroic fighting forces topple the tyrannical Taliban and
allow 25-million people in Afghanistan to vote – for the first time in
their lives – in free elections.
▪ Their fellow terrorists bomb Bali, Spain, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, London,
Madrid, Glasgow Denmark, Istanbul, Algeria, India, the list goes on –
but not dare bomb America!
▪ The Patriot Act being enacted in 2001 by an overwhelming majority in
Congress, and they knew that its conditions – allowing law-enforcement
agencies to monitor communications of suspected terrorists within the
U.S. – would severely compromise their nefarious plots.
▪ Our president defying the "opinions” of the so-called experts and
armchair generals who urged him to hoist the white flag of surrender in
Iraq, but instead sanctioning the Surge which effectively won the war!
▪ The typically anti-American citizens of France, Germany and Italy –
having seen non-stop anti-Bush coverage for the better part of a decade
– vote for conservative, America-admiring leaders and ardent supporters
of President Bush.
▪ The powerful liberal media try to destroy the president, while he
turned a deaf ear to their incessant blather, and instead focused his
laser-like attention on defending our country.
▪ And waited as the "lame duck” president exhibited as much energy and
determination to defend our country in his waning days in office as he
had on September 11, 2001.
▪ Our Islamic-fascist enemies within and outside of our country – both
jealous of and reviling the American way of life – prove to be the
cowards they really are, literally scared to death to mess with our
Thank you, President Bush, for your belief in the power of freedom, for
your undying support of our troops, and for always putting the interests
of America light years ahead of fickle polls and feckless critics.
The Left's Myths v. Hard Reality
The president’s enemies on the left have always been fueled by
unquenchable envy at his power, which they lust for above all other
things – even national security! Spurred on by irrational hate-based
emotion – their signature attribute – they entertain the utopian dreams
of pre-adolescent children everywhere, who want peace and love and
everyone getting along.
Aided and abetted by a leftist media and their bosses – most of them
holdovers from the angry "peace and love” 1960s – they rely on a largely
uninformed public that prefers glitzy images to historical facts, as
well as corrupt organizations like
ACORN, which is being investigated in several states and has been
indicted in many others for voter fraud.
As the president’s former advisor, Ed Gillespie, has
written, the myths the left subscribes to can be exploded by simple
– pardon the word – facts!
Did the president’s "go it alone” policy, as the left erroneously
insists, ruin America’s standing in the world? Not even close! In fact,
the U.S. acted with a multilateral coalition of nations to remove Saddam
Hussein from power; had approximately 40 countries supporting us in
Afghanistan as well as every NATO ally; was joined by more than 90
nations in sharing terrorist-network information; and succeeded in
expanding NATO membership, strengthening ties to China, Japan, South
Korea, India, Georgia, Ukraine, Kosovo, Brazil, Mexico and Central
"When the President took office, America had trade agreements with only
three countries, versus 14 today,” Gillespie says, "with three
additional agreements awaiting Congressional approval.”
Did the president’s tax cuts benefit only the wealthy, at the cost of
investment in healthcare, education, and the (bogus) issue of global
warming? (I added the "bogus”).The Bush tax cuts, Gillespie adds:
▪ Afforded our country its longest run – ever – of uninterrupted job
growth, 52 straight months.
▪ The creation of 8.3 million jobs.
▪ Six consecutive years of economic growth [when] real Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) grew by more than 17 percent, a gain of nearly 2.1
This is no small feat, given that President Bush inherited a recession
from his predecessor and that, according to a study by the International
Monetary Fund, "9/11 cost the U.S. economy about $75 billion in lost GDP
— not counting property losses of well over $100 billion. The U.S. also
incurred future yearly costs of roughly 0.75 percent of GDP to pay for
greater security, another big hit.”
Keith Marsden, former adviser at the World Bank and a senior economist
in the International Labor Organization,
writes further of the president’s extraordinary economic record,
saying that in comparison to other advanced economies over the past
▪ U.S. output expanded faster since 2000 than did most advanced
▪ The average per-capita consumption of the U.S. population…was second
only to Luxembourg's.
▪ 84.7% of the population was covered by health insurance in 2007, an
increase of 3.6 million people over 2006.
▪ Life expectancy rose to 78 years in 2006.
▪ The U.S. employment rate…has remained high by international standards.
▪ The unemployment rate averaged 4.7% from 2001-2007, in comparison with
a 5.2% average rate during the Clinton years.
▪ The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been largely absorbed
in a relatively small increase in the defense budget (to 4.1 percent of
GDP in 2006 from 3.8 percent in 1995). A much higher proportion of U.S.
income was devoted to the military during World War II and the Korean
All this in spite of the fact that the immigrant population of the U.S.
grew by nearly 10 million from 1995 to 2005, reaching a total of 38.5
million, according to the World Bank.
Is the president and his administration’s deregulation policy
responsible for our current economic crisis? Sorry, but it was the
president himself who, way back in 2001, warned in his first budget that
the size of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were a "potential problem" that
"could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting
federally insured entities and economic activity." In early 2003, he
warned that F&F posed a "systemic risk” and called for a new regulator
of these corrupt entities. In the fall of 2003, he called for a new
federal agency to monitor F&F, and in 2005, Alan Greenspan, Chairman of
the Federal Reserve – under Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II (until
January 2006) – also issued a stern warning about F&F.
Columnist Wesley Pruden reminds us that, "Sen. Charles Schumer, a
Democrat of New York, and Rep. Barney Frank, a Democrat of
Massachusetts, did more than any other 10 men to insulate Fannie Mae
from nosy regulators and effective federal supervision. Fannie and her
senior executives…grew rich on taxpayer largesse while blowing on the
kindling of the fire that melted the subprime housing market.”
Pruden left out Democrats Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and
legions of others who, like Schumer and Frank, consistently rejected the
president’s calls for oversight and accountability. And look what’s
happened since they took power in 2006!
▪ Consumer confidence has plummeted.
▪ Gasoline prices have gone up and then down and are now escalating
▪ Unemployment has increased dramatically.
▪ Home equity has dropped by multi-trillions of dollars, and millions of
homes in foreclosure.
▪ The Dow has plunged precipitously, with Americans losing trillions in
their stocks, bonds, and Mutual Funds investment portfolios.
Thank you, President Bush, for the six years in which you presided over
our booming economy and low unemployment rate, and for your continued
support of free markets and entrepreneurism.
So Much Gratitude, So Little Times
*** The No Child Left Behind Act – your brainchild, Mr. President –
championed the first-time-ever accountability for both teachers and
students by empirically measuring the skills of the former and the test
results of the latter. This resulted in fourth-grade students achieving
their highest reading and math scores on record, eighth-grade students
achieving their highest math scores on record, and also a halving of the
achievement gap between black and white students. And let’s not forget
that under your watch, Mr. President, federal spending on education
increased by nearly 40 percent and Pell Grant funding – to help more
than 5.5-million students attend college –nearly doubled.
Your interest and in and concern for young people was also demonstrated,
Mr. President, by some cold hard statistics. During your tenure, teenage
drug use declined by 25 percent, and the abortion rate was at its lowest
***Presciently, Mr. President, you proposed a plan to "fix” the Social
Security system, which you knew was due to go bankrupt by 2017, just
eight years from now. The opposition, predictably, didn’t like your
plan. But you knew, as radio co-hosts Perry Atkinson and Bob Just have
described, that "the Ponzi scheme known as Social Security [is simply] a
government "slush fund.”
Again addressing the concerns of our aging population, Mr. President,
you initiated the market-based Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
program, affording over 40-million Americans better access to
prescription drugs and a savings (over the next five years) of
approximately $240 billion. That is not to omit that your children’s
S-CHIP health insurance program resulted in a decrease of 800,000
uninsured children from 2001 to 2007.
***The Patriot Act – under your watch, Mr. President – finally allowed
the FBI and CIA to share information and wiretap terrorists’ phone
calls, both forbidden by the politically-correct sages of the former
administration. Thanks to this Act – and with the help of our military –
nearly 5,000 terrorist plots have been thwarted (many which targeted our
country) and untold numbers of America’s enemies have been arrested,
imprisoned, or deported, and worldwide terror attacks have decreased by
40 percent since 2001.
***Compassionately, Mr. President, you addressed the problem of
homelessness more aggressively than did any of your predecessors by
initiating the "Housing First” program. As a result, there has been a
30-percent decline in chronically homeless people; their numbers
declining from 176,000 to 12,400 people, according to one
***Again, compassionately, Mr. President, you were solely responsible
for initiating the
most magnanimous HIV/AIDS (and malaria and tuberculosis) treatment
program in history for the African continent. In 2003, only 50,000
Africans were taking antiretroviral drugs, but today that number has
reached 1.3 million! As PajamasMedia.com reports, ”The President created
the $30-billion Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, and extended it this
year with $48 billion to train 140,000 healthcare workers who specialize
in HIV prevention and treatment. The rock star and activist Bob Geldorf
openly acknowledged that the president `has done more than any other
president’ for Africa.” Not incidentally, trade with Africa has doubled
during President Bush's tenure
But your keen interest in human health didn’t stop in Africa, Mr.
President. In our country, you increased the budget for the National
Institutes of Health by 38 percent – from $17.1 billion to $23.7
billion, and you increased funding for t\he National Science Foundation
budget from $4.4 billion in 2001 to $6.0 billion in 2008.
***To protect the sanctity of the United States Constitution, Mr.
President, you appointed the esteemed jurists John Roberts and Samuel
Alito to the Supreme Court, both of them intellectual scholars who will
continue – I trust – to uphold their oaths to "defend and protect” this
most cherished document of our Founding Fathers.
***Protecting our environment did not escape your attention, Mr.
President. During your terms in office, air pollution decreased
dramatically, both wind and solar energy production nearly doubled, and
nearly $18 billion was devoted to the research and development of
alternative energy technologies. And all credit, Mr. President, for
protecting more than 27-million acres of Federal forest and grasslands
Thank you, President Bush, for your prescience, compassion and wisdom in
addressing the most urgent issues in America and around the world.
Character, Decency, Moral Clarity & Class
Jim Towey, president of Saint Vincent College in PA and the president’s
director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives from 2002-2006,
writes that in spite of the calumny the president has endured, he
"kept his head up and soldiered on. He took the criticism in stride…
reading a daily devotional …signing letters to the families of the
Towey continues: "Mother Teresa was asked at the end of her life whether
she was discouraged because after decades of caring for the dying and
destitute in Calcutta little seemed to have changed. She replied, `No.
God doesn't call me to be successful. God calls me to be faithful.’
George W. Bush was faithful. He had a charge to keep and he kept it.”
It is now known, as Towey mentions, that for many years, President Bush
and First Lady Laura Bush privately visited thousands of injured
veterans, and met, again privately, with many hundreds of families whose
relatives had been lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why did this information emerge only in the waning days of the Bush
presidency? Because like all of the facts cited above of the president’s
extraordinary accomplishments, the virulent leftwing media – the
public’s main source of information – purposefully withheld this
information because members of the Fourth Estate take their
goose-stepping marching orders from the leftist honchos who still
believe – empirical evidence to the contrary - that big bad America is
the root cause of the world’s problems. Good news about America is
anathema to them, and anyone with President Bush’s unabashed love for
our country and moral clarity is especially loathsome.
Writer Arnold Ahlert says that, "Unfortunately, recognizing the
difference between good and evil has become Western culture’s greatest
liability. Nowadays it has become necessary to bring the `reasoning’ of
moral relativity, multiculturalism, and non-judgmentalism to every
equation. The result? Moral paralysis Virtually every American
politician in both parties talked about the necessity of removing Saddam
Hussein. George W. Bush did it! Why? Because he dared to defy the moral
paralysis that deems talking about wrongness – as opposed to acting
against it – is sufficient.”
When the president addressed the Israeli Parliament (the Knesset) in
June on the occasion of Israel’s 60th anniversary, he recalled how 11
minutes after Israel was declared a state, America – on the order of
President Harry Truman – was the first nation to recognize Israel's
"What Bush didn't say,”
writes political science professor and author Paul Kengor, "was that
not only was America alone then, but so was its president – who
recognized Israel in defiance of his staff, from Secretary of State
George Marshall to Secretary of Defense James Forrestal…”
Of course, the American public never learned about this speech because
the media cannot tolerate the similarities between Truman and Bush, or
the distinct possibility that their bête noire will achieve the same
exalted status and sterling legacy as the man from Independence has.
"History will say that we misunderestimated George W. Bush,”
writes Andrew Roberts. "I am writing, of course, about Harry S
Truman, generally regarded today as one of the greatest of all the 43
presidents, and the man who set the United States on the course that
ended decades later in the defeat of Communism. If the West wins the
modern counterpart of that struggle, the War Against Terror, historians
will look back in amazement at the present unpopularity of George W
Bush, and marvel at it quite as much as we now marvel at the 67 per cent
disapproval rates for Truman throughout 1952.”
Commenting on the president’s "internal fortitude” and "equanimity,”
columnist Charles Krauthammer writes: "Bush is much like Truman, who
developed the sinews of war for a new era (the Department of Defense,
the CIA, the NSA), expanded the powers of the presidency, established a
new doctrine for active intervention abroad, and ultimately engaged in a
war (Korea) -- also absent an attack on the U.S. -- that proved highly
unpopular. So unpopular that Truman left office disparaged and highly
out of favor. History has revised that verdict. I have little doubt that
Bush will be the subject of a similar reconsideration.”
Throughout the Bush presidency, Americans have seen a man with unfailing
modesty, character, decency, moral clarity and class. He was as
consistently gracious to his critics as they were consistently rude and
rabid. He never wavered in distinguishing good from evil and freedom
from tyranny, or, as he explained in his second inaugural, "the moral
choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is
On January 1, 2009, President Bush, speaking from his ranch in Texas,
said: "As my time in office comes to a close, I thank the American
people for trusting me with the honor of serving our great country. It
has been a tremendous privilege…”
Thank you, President Bush!