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Good Bye to W

Posted by revkharma on January 20, 2009

At the end of High Noon, Gary Cooper’s character, Will Kane has just completed his sworn duty, and Frank Miller and his gang lie dead after a gun blazing shoot out in town. Kane puts his wife into his wagon, and takes his sheriff badge, looks at it and tosses it into the dirt. He climbs onto the wagon,and rides out of the town. You can see this film off and on on any of several cable channels. Some of the parallels are striking. A dangerous criminal, one everyone thought was gone for good is returning, sworn to avenge himself against the town that punished him. The sheriff asks for help, and at first many say they will. Others are skeptical, eventually not only refusing to help, but blaming Kane for the problems.  They mock him and tell him he’s stupid to even think of doing this. If he would just go away, they say, Miller and his gang would ignore the town, and everyone would be safe. Kane saw the danger, and with the small help he could muster takes on and defeats the Miller gang. There are many similarities to the last eight years, and certainly many glaring differences.

Mr. Bush chose the difficult path of law and order, deciding to stop the ‘bad guys’  rather than surrender to chaos. He accepted the derision and contempt of the towns residents, and fought the battle despite others unwillingness to help.  President Bush similarly made a choice, and saw it through. Despite setbacks, resistance and outright hatred by erstwhile allies, Baghdad is now closer to freedom than any other middle east country, with the exception of Israel. Afghanistan, while still in peril, is not gripped by the fanatics of the Taliban. Al Qaida, while still present, is a shadow of it’s former malevolent shadow government.

The signal achievement of the Bush years has been security. We have NOT been attacked since then, and have rolled back some of the danger. Certainly not all is clear. We are safer, but we are not safe.

All that aside, G.W. Bush’s presidency has seen an unprecedented expansion of the government, and greater and more powerful intrusion than just about anyone since FDR.  His response to an economic downturn would make a New Dealer blush. His classic and underreported quote: ‘I abandoned free market principles to save the free market” displays his disatrous reliance on Big Government instead of liberty. GW’s early cries of ” I’m a compassionate Conservative” should have been a signal.  That term has proven to mean a government believer who uses HIS philosophy instead of a humanist philosophy. Any justification to expand the reach and scope of government is a wrong headed one. Under his stewardship our deficits have grown, our debt has exploded, and rather than look to trust the people, he has given more and more power to commissions, cabinet departments and federal agencies.

Mr. Bush has justified much of his security policies,[rightly so] on the foundation of preventing another major attack. Unfortunately, he has sought to make these permanant. Such powers should be fleeting, used only during emergencies. Mr. Bush has shown good intent, and sound judgement. We cannot be certain his replacements in the Oval Office will have the same character.

Internationally, while he started well, rejecting the Kyoto Protocols, GWB continued to embrace an internationalist, globalist policy that will only continue to degrade American independance.

On the whole I think George W. Bush is a good and decent man. He took office during a time of great turmoil, and faced strains and attacks from foreign enemies, and domestic idiots. He fared well, but failed  in many ways. In a sense, George W. Bush is the quintessential American Tragic Hero. He succeded greatly and failed greatly at the same time

Mr. Bush has earned a well deserved retirement.

With all that in mind, I salute him

GW, Thank you for keeping us safer. Thank you for the good you did. thank you for enduring the assaults from the lunatic left without losing your sense of dignity and your decency.

Now go home.

Good Riddance!

 

As Always,

Keep the Faith

The Rev.

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