The Expectations Game

I have a feeling that some people will suffer very shortly from dashed expectations.

So is this political cartoon stretching the truth? Probably not as much as you think.

A Final Thank You

This would have fit nicely in my analysis of the Bush administration, but I wanted to be sure I didn’t pass it by without passing it on. Sometimes, we can be an ungrateful people.

Inauguration Day

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. [Proverbs 29:2]

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. [I Timothy 2:1-4]

 

Help Is on the Way?

Those really aren’t the most reassuring words. As Ronald Reagan noted more than once, often the government is the problem, not the solution. We are going to discover that anew over the next few years.

The Bush Presidency: An Analysis (Part VII)

My final critique of the Bush presidency has to do with communication. A president must be able to connect with the American people and explain what he is doing. He will not convince everyone of the rightness of his policies, but he must make the effort, which most people will at least respect.

George Bush started well. After 9/11, his speech to a joint session of Congress was one of the best presidential speeches in recent memory. He was at his best. Unfortunately, he seemed to peak with that speech.

Ever since the Democrats took Congress in the 2006 elections, it’s as if we have had an invisible president. I don’t remember any president in my lifetime disappearing from the public scene as completely as this one has. I have been frustrated many times, wishing he would show more fortitude and combativeness. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you set aside your arguments and become a whipping boy for your enemies. You need to stand firm.

Bush was usually halting in his speech, and was obviously uncomfortable in a number of public speaking venues. That did not serve him well. If indeed there is “Bush fatigue” in the nation, part of the blame is that he became a virtual nonentity, unable to convincingly defend his policies, particularly on Iraq.

What does the Republican party need? Two things:

  • First, principled leadership–politicians who have foundational beliefs based on the Constitution, rule of law, and Biblical morality.
  • Second, leaders who can communicate their principles. There really are a lot of principled people out there getting involved in the political arena, but not many of them seem capable of connecting with people and making the message understandable and appealing. That was the quality Ronald Reagan possessed. Perhaps that is why we are always looking for “the next Reagan.”

President Bush, I salute you for keeping the country safe and for upholding constitutionalism in your choices for the Supreme Court. If you had grounded your domestic policies on principles consistent with the Constitution, you would have left a glowing legacy. As it is, we are now searching for new and effective leaders who can rebuild on the proper foundations.

The Bush Presidency: An Analysis (Part VI)

Then there is the issue of immigration. There is a misperception out there (even promoted by Bush) that conservatives don’t like immigrants. That is not the case, and it is not the issue. The key is that immigrants need to follow the laws in order to become citizens.

When President Bush pushed for his comprehensive immigration bill, he tried to make it seem as though it was a tough approach to lawbreakers, but it was not. In fact, as many noted, it was amnesty by another name.

The most disturbing aspect of the president’s support for this approach was how it conflicted with his own War on Terror. A porous border, without any real examination of who is entering the country, is an open invitation to terrorists. I critique the president on this policy because it contradicts his own aims. Yet he didn’t recognize the problem.

Again, this is part of the “compassionate conservatism” philosophy that he espoused throughout his terms. No one wants to appear callous to those who are seeking a new start in life. That’s understandable. But a president’s first priority, as Bush himself would agree, is to protect and defend the American people. Why then endorse a policy that undercuts that priority?

Why do so many want to come to America?

I believe this political cartoon explains the reasons quite well.

So, I am disappointed with President Bush on matters of the economy, federalism, and immigration. There is one more area in which he failed as well. That will be the subject of the next (and final) post analyzing the Bush presidency.

Unbelievable? Unfortunately, No

Should This Man Oversee the IRS?
Should This Man Oversee the IRS?

I normally don’t post twice in one day, so if you are reading this and have been following my analysis of the Bush administration, don’t miss the latest installment of that immediate preceding this post.

I just couldn’t let this one pass without drawing your attention to it. Timothy Geithner is Obama’s pick to be Secretary of the Treasury. If you have been following the story, he has a history of not paying his taxes. The Treasury Secretary is the boss of the IRS. Does something seem amiss here?

The best overall explanation of the absurdity of this situation can be found in Michelle Malkin’s new piece today. Malkin is one of the sharpest conservative commentators around. She makes her points in unforgettable language. You can read her commentary here.