As each day passes, I appreciate George W. Bush all the more (UPDATED)

Yes… I had some problems with his policies.  Yes… he, at times, was not the conservative we expected him to be.  Yes… he embraced the left too many times for my liking.

But as we continue to hear about the number of golf rounds played, the number of vacations taken, the number of Muslims bowed to, the number of times Israel has been disrespected, the number of times America’s enemies have been embraced, the number of taxes that are being and will be raised, the death panels that are sure to come, the health care that is sure to be rationed, the defense cuts that are being promoted, the social programs that are being buttressed, the redefining of terms, the dismissal of American exceptionalism, the aristocracy of those currently in charge, the racism being charged wrongly against those in opposition, the racism being ignored by the Department of Justice, the stimulus dollars that are nothing more than a slush fund for allies, the corruption in high places, the appointment of radical cronies to positions of influence, the apology tour, the incompetence during the BP oil disaster, the lack of transparency despite all the promises and more… and I’m sure there’s more but this is what has rattled quickly off the fingerprints… the more I miss W.

To underscore the point, I bring you two videos.  Ponder them silently and miss the man along with me.

UPDATE: The Anchoress weighs in with a piece that should be read in its entirety.  Teaser excerpts:

We miss Bush because he never lectured us or harangued us, and when people disagreed with him, they were not immediately called names in an attempt to simply shut up debate.

We miss Bush because he believed that Americans are inherently decent and heroic people who would-even in strained situations-bring thoroughly decent and heroic responses to bear.

It is a much better message for a president to send to his people than, “Don’t be evil. Like you usually are.”

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