He has presided over the twin disasters of Iraq and Katrina. Gradually, even those who unwisely supported the Iraq invasion, are jumping off the bus. This leaves a dwindling corps of Bushbots to defend the bunker. I was saddened to see that Gaypatriot.com is among their number. What could be less patriotic than demolishing our reputation abroad?
Most disheartening to those who favor limited government and fiscal responsibility, Bush has sought to curtail civil liberties and permitted Congress to go on the biggest spending spree in our history. This erases the libertarian case for the Republicans.
Bush has turned out to be a pure gift for the Democrats. For a generation, possibly more, he has obliterated any reasonable case for principled Conservatism. Republican government turns out to be a new version of the regime of Boss Tweed. Enrich yourself and your cronies, and the Devil take the hindmost.
With respect to Iraq the Bushbots are unceasingly capable of generating new nonsense. After so many mantras, from Mission Accomplished to Defeat is Not an Option,, have become inoperable, the warmongers now tell us: "We have a plan. Those who criticize us have no plan."
Of course there are plans. The Galbraith-Biden plan is to partition Iraq along the lines of Yugoslavia. Murtha proposes redeployment.
One of the worst features of the current Bushian behavior is the refusal to make provision for what will happen when the day comes, as it inevitably will, our troops must withdraw. Left behind will be tens of thousands of Iraqis who collaborated with us. Now we are told that we can't leave, because these poor people will be killed. Well then, let's bring them out now.
To do such a thing would be a rare concession to reality. Let's try anything but that. Before long, though, we must withdraw.
So devastating has Bush been to conservative prospects that one might almost suspect a Manchurian Candidate scenario. Could it be that Bush is a liberal mole planted a long time ago with the mission of discrediting the Right? As we used to say on the old Left, he is "objectively" an agent provocateur whose secret mission is to destroy the things he claims to support. At least some of the speakers at a recent National Review weekend seem to think so. He has "betrayed" them.
Many observers, whether on the Right or Left, seem to believe that there is such a thing as "genuine Conservatism," which they either adore or execrate according to taste. Alas, Conservatism has always been a loose, baggy monster. Historical reflection confirms this surmise. Consider the careers of Benjamin D'Israeli and Otto von Bismarck. Far from pursuing the modest foreign policty goals the "Realists" think should guide us, D'Israeli made Victoria Empress of India. He recognized that ordinary English people would find solace in "National Greatness." And of course Bismarck blunted the effect of German Socialists by instituting the first social-security program in the history of the world.