If you have not yet read The Essential President Bush by The Anchoress, read it now. It will remind even those that are not so happy with him right now, how much good this President has done, often in the face of unprecedented circumstances. I am not suggesting anyone stop complaining about things they don’t like about the President’s positions on spending or immigration or any other issue. I am just asking that they acknowledge the good, as well.
Perhaps I am a dim bulb, but President Bush has never surprised me, and that is probably why I have never felt let down or “betrayed” by him. He is, in essentials, precisely who he has ever been. He did not surprise me when he managed, in August of 2001, to find a morally workable solution in the matter of Embryonic Stem Cells. He did not surprise me when, a month later, he stood on a pile of rubble and lifted a broken city from its knees. When my NYFD friends told me of the enormous consolation and strength he brought to his meetings with grieving families, I was not surprised. When the World Series opened in New York City and the President was invited to throw the first pitch, there was no surprise in his throwing (while wearing body armor) a perfect strike….
…Let me tell you what has surprised me about George W. Bush. I have been surprised by his ability to keep from attacking-in-kind the “public servants” in Washington who – for five years – have not been able to speak of the American President with the respect he is due, by virtue of both his office and his humanity, because they are entralled with hate and owned by opportunism. I have been surprised that he has kept his committment to “changing the tone” even when it has long been clear that the only way the tone in Washington will ever change is if everyone named Bush or Clinton or Kennedy is cleared out and “career politicians” are shown the door and – it must be said – every university “School of Journalism” is converted to a daisy garden…
Read it all.
Note: I just updated my original post by adding the above quote.
UPDATE: Some blogger friends of mine (chicks all) have started a site called Hang Right Politics. This is their goal: “I hope we can discuss issues important to conservatives/republicans on this site without so much of the acrimony seen on some other sites. We want free debate but we won’t tolerate profanity or name-calling…We will not bash our president or call him names on this site. This does not mean we will not disagree with him when we disagree, but we will attempt to do so in an objective manner.” I wish them the best of luck.