Sunday, July 25, 2004
Why I like George W. Bush
I like George W. Bush. He's a good guy. In a world where most folks wear grey hats or black hats - he's wearing a white one. Out here in the rugged desert, where I live, one develops an ability to judge a man or a woman and their character rather quickly. I can spot a less than sterling character in a few moments. I can tell a genuinely kind woman from a fake smile and countenance at thirty yards. Out here we have rattlers, big ones, that if you approach will sink their venomous teeth into your leg without hesitation. As a result, one learns to look closely at the path one is traveling. One can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps - birds of a feather always flock together and wolves hunt in packs. George Bush keeps excellent company. His wife is not ambitious or power-hungry and this reflects upon his character. His appointments speak volumes about Bush the man, his beliefs, his values and his prejudices - or lack of them.
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice are great company to be in. Character? Definitely. Integrity? Off the charts. The media shows its own character deficiency as they ignore the accomplishments of these two for our United States - for political reasons. I like Bush for choosing them. He certainly didn't have to choose them, but he did. I like that.
Bush has done a lot of things I like. His administration has been blasted as a bastion for fundamentalist Christianity and yet his administration was the first to permit a Menorah to be lit in the White House.
I like that. It certainly was not the act of a man holding religious prejudices. How can one reconcile the various interfaith activities of George W. Bush other than to realize he demonstrates respect for other's faiths and beliefs? Less than a week after 9-11, Bush visited a Muslim Temple and chatted with Muslim leaders in the DC area to sound out their thoughts and feelings. This is not the hardened face of a "crusader" on a mission to destroy Islam as some critics of George Bush and the Iraq war would have you believe.
Quite the contrary - George Bush is a man who respects others beliefs and has attempted to separate Islam from the fanatical terrorists which commit atrocious acts of violence in the name of Islam. He didn't have to do that either. He did though - and I like that.
On the foreign policy front, and with the encouragement and support of Condoleezza Rice, Bush has reached a working relationship with Russia and invited Vladimir Putin
to his Crawford ranch to privately tell him we were going to back out of the obsolete Ballistic Missile Treaty and pursue Ballistic Missile Defense. He did so and did so in a manner that did not create a new arms race.
The media hasn't touted that victory and you wont find that accomplishment listed on any blogs either. However, as someone who is well aware of the threats that face the United States, I do appreciate the value of that. A lot.
Which leads us to Afghanistan and Iraq. Anyone who was aware of the brutal regime of the Taliban which would execute women, cut off hands and gouge out eyes or stone people to death, can't help but realize the amazing turnaround for the millions of inhabitants of Afghanistan. To say that this is foreign policy victory is an understatement - it is a new life and new hope for what was one of the most repressed regions on the face of the earth - A place where listening to music could get you killed and those who owned a radio hid it carefully and listened to it in secret. Women were worthless under the Taliban regime. Now they have freedom to learn and live life in a manner only dreamed of four short years ago. George W. Bush likes women. He has done a lot for women throughout the world during his first term. That's fairly obvious to anyone keeping score.
President Bush met with two women who were rescued from the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Two women who were doing humanitarian work and relief efforts and were jailed for three months. Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer hit it off with Bush at once. It's that birds of a feather bit again.
In Iraq, one of the worst mass-murdering tyrants of the Middle East has been deposed by US forces and stands trial by his own people. I like that. We've lost about a thousand men and women who put their lives on the line to put an end to the Saddam regime. I don't like those who want to diminish their sacrifice to win an election and claim that UN forces could've secured Iraq better - a falsehood that anyone with knowledge of UN peacekeeping history could quickly prove fallacious.
President George W. Bush has one of the most experienced teams in Presidential history interfacing with the rest of the world and keeping America secure. It's really hard not to like that. I like to call them the Four Musketeers.
This team managed to give the Iraqis sovereignty ahead of schedule...
I like that too.
Yes, George Bush likes women. He's surrounded himself with one of the finest, Condoleezza Rice - who as anyone on the inside knows is inseparable from Bush much of the time. Even at breakfast with the Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. No, Condoleezza Rice is not as the left suggests "color" for his administration - she is one of the President's MVPs - and the media and the left can't forgive her for that.
But not me. I like Condi - I like Condi a lot.
Of all women though, George Bush likes his wife Laura best of all. I really like that. In a world where infidelity and failed marriages are common and even moreso among cheating, lying politicians - it's nice to see a relationship that is bonded by love, not greed or lust for power.
George Bush is a good guy. He's not perfect. He's not a saint - but he's a good guy. He's surrounded himself with other good people. Those are just some of the reasons I like George W. Bush and intend to vote for him in November. There are many more, but this just was a sampling. Out here in the unforgiving desert being able to discern the good from the bad is very important. I can only hope that the rest of America will be able to do the same. Not for George Bush's sake - but for America's.
Posted by SDAI at 12:33 PM