Jan 28 2008
America is blessed – very blessed. We have had an amazing leader who believes in the wisdom of ‘we the people’. Through 7 years of attack from within and without. from across the aisle and from those too obsessed with purity in his party, President Bush has been a stalwart gentleman who has maintained dignity and honor for his office as those around him have collapsed into angry rants. The nation is going to miss George W Bush.
His SOTU speech tonight was probably his best. And it rested upon 7 years of accomplishments only his enemies, in hopes of diminishing him, will never recognize. He has shown that being a lame duck with a veto pen is a might powerful position to be in. He has promised to veto tax increases and uncontrolled earmarks. He will direct no efforts be spent on earmarks that had no debate or public vote in Congress.
He has set the standard and no one in a Congress with half the approval rating he has is going to succeed in fighting Bush on this issue. He is using his political capitol as he should – fearlessly and with force of conviction. No new taxes and no hidden pork. The nay sayers will say what they will, they must find excuses not to believe because hope in failure – our President’s failure – is all that props them up.
The other area he was incredibly strong on was Iraq and maintaining our hard fought successes. Again, a Congress that is so out of favor dares not squander our efforts – paid in blood and treasure – for cheap political gain. Not if Nancy and Harry wish to be in the majority again next year. Bush forced them to commit to success, to resist risky and impatient draw downs, and to fund out troops’ needs. As Dems sat on their hands on too many issues of common ground to Americans they cemented their image as supreme surrender party, the ones who hold their noses to support our troops.
Bush is a maestro. He even jabbed the Amnesty Hypochondriacs – which was a boost to McCain. And as only a true pro-life President would he called for the ban on experimentation patenting and cloning of human beings. As The Anchoress has noted before, he is the most pro-life president we have ever had and will see for some time. We should all be grateful for the dignity he has bequeathed this nation by his own dignity when it comes to the miracle of life.
The hyper-partisans left and right were thrust into bold relief tonight by a man who spent 7 years finding progress and making things happen. To the crowd which equated compromise as being a traitor (so were dems traitors to support our war efforts after 9-11?) he is their bane. He is the man who makes great things happen with out belittling others. We will miss you George W Bush. You brought honor and dignity to us, even though too many left and right were unable to (a) recognize this and (b) build upon it. While some refuse to see your gift and in fact work to destroy it many, many more do see it and will work to build upon it. We are the RINOs and DINOs and independents – and we are not beholding to party, we give our pledge of allegiance to America.
We will keep the State Of The Union strong.