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Not a legacy to be proud of

Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2008, at 9:07 AM

The Bush administration has less than 30 days left in its existence, and except for the most die-hard (and blind) Bush supporters, the end of his presidency can't come soon enough.

Bush may very well go down as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history, and considering some of the turkeys we've had over the years, that's saying a lot. He's set the bar so low that Obama's bound to look good no matter what goes wrong.

Previously, most historians have suggested that Franklin Pierce, a distant ancestor of Bush, was the nation's worst president. He was so bad, in fact, that he was the only sitting president not renominated by his own party. Bush at least escaped that embarrassment. But not a lot of others.

When Bush first took office, President Clinton had concluded that the greatest threat to U.S. security came from Al-Queda, and had set up a briefing in Bush's first week to review the threat. Bush blew it off, canceling the meeting. Yet after the 9/11 attack Bush played the Al-Queda threat card at every opportunity, shamelessly exploiting the threat he had ignored to that point to justify a host of attacks on the constitutional rights of Americans.

He also used it to justify his attack on Iraq, even though he had ordered the Pentagon to begin preparing for such an operation early in his presidency, long before 9/11 gave him the excuse to do so. When the military was allowed to do what it wanted to, it enjoyed great success, but Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld so micro-managed the war it turned into a political fiasco, both at home and abroad, and a quagmire that has cost over 5,000 American and allied lives.

He took a country that had no Al-Queda presence and created a "new" nation with a huge terrorist presence, a perfect training ground for Islamic terrorist recruits.

He threw American values of fairness and justice out the window, proudly admitting to the use of torture, which is in violation of both U.S. and international law. He committed, and admitted to, war crimes in the name of democracy, thereby giving American democracy a black eye around the world. Under Bush, we lost all the moral high ground we had enjoyed since WWII.

He suspended habeas corpus, not only arresting people (not just overseas terrorists but American citizens as well), but neglecting to charge them. He denied them the right to not only a speedy trial, but access to lawyers and family members, in some cases for years at a time.

He opened Americans' mail, broke into their homes and businesses, and wiretapped their phone calls without warrants to do so. And despite what he claimed, that only terrorists were targeted, average citizens who weren't terrorists, sometimes having only committed the "crime" of being a political opponent, fell under the purview of those policies. He released classified material in order to smear political opposition and in doing so damaged some of America's intelligence assets.

In an effort to avoid Congressional investigations and censure, his vice president declared that his office wasn't part of the executive branch.

Bush's administration was marked by conveniently ignoring the Constitution any time it got in the way.

Cronyism was rampant during his administration. Some of his appointments, such as a FEMA director whose prior experience had been running horse races, were appallingly bad. His administration's handling of the Katrina hurricane was as big a disaster as the storm itself.

Bush guided this country into the Great Recession, with some key economic indicators falling to levels not seen since the Great Depression. His laissez faire "turn a blind eye" economic policies made his response to Katrina look good. The men he appointed to the nation's economic watchdog agencies didn't do their jobs.

His tax policies took from the poor and gave to the rich until the average American could not longer afford even to pay their mortgages, triggering one of the most massive bailouts of the greedy rich in the history of the world. At the same time, the government programs set up to help those ailing homeowners haven't saved one single home -- not one -- because the paperwork has been too great and the funding inadequate. Homeowners trying to access those programs have faced far more paperwork than the Wall Street robber barons, who were handed billions, no questions asked, and who then used portions of the money for expensive vacation retreats and bonuses.

He demonstrated clearly what happens when you achieve power and exercise it solely for the purpose of maintaining power, rather than the good of the average American. He left his once proud and powerful party in shambles, unable to effectively separate itself from his egregious excesses and inexcusable lapses.

And those are just the highlights of his presidency.

He left president-elect Obama and the new Congress with a nation in crisis, where just climbing back to the old status quo will be an accomplishment, let alone moving this country forward.

No matter how much he may delude himself, his presidency has been one disaster after another and seriously damaged both the American dream domestically and America's image overseas.


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To Beau,

I didn't say "high crimes", I referred to unconstitutional acts. These being:

(1) promoting and deceiving the nation into a war against a country that did not do anything to the U.S.

(2) invading the privacy of American without legal authority (wiretapping)

(3) torture of prisoners and detainees

(4) illegal detainment of suspects

To Missy and Bazookaman,

Yes, I am a Democrat and to say that because of my political leanings that I should not bring up the word "constitution" is totally out of line. I can use the word constitution and any other word I choose, because I am first and foremost - A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. I do not criticize any of you pesonally for your political beliefs, although I do not agree with most of the comments that are made by you.

And because I am a citizen of the U.S., that's how I dare to bring up the word "constitution".

The constitution is for everyone, not just for a few.

-- Posted by kimjean577 on Thu, Jan 1, 2009, at 2:04 PM

If you ask me Kelly is one of the liberal media mentioned above. The stories are spun liberal and if you have a name in this town, your indiscretions are forgotten.

-- Posted by culling on Mon, Dec 29, 2008, at 4:36 PM

President Bush and Vice-President Chaney have committed unconstitutional acts against the American people, after swearing to uphold the constitution.

-- Posted by kimjean577 on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 5:26 PM

kimjean,

Please provide a list of these aledged High Crimes.

-- Posted by Beau on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 2:48 PM

It amuses me to no end to see how the Democrats blame Bush for all that is wrong in this great nation today. Perhaps they should open their eyes and minds and do a little research. Dems are the ones that pressured mortgage companies to loosen the purse strings and give loans to people that couldnt afford to pay them back. Lets not forget that the Dems controled Congress for the last two years of Bush's Presidency. Perhaps it just a coincidance (I dont think so).

Mr. Obama is a golden boy in the eyes of this nations liberal media. He could do no wrong, or if he did it didnt get any attention from the main stream media. Fox News was the only channel that ever had the nerve to report on Mr. Obama's shortcomings. Perhaps someone out there can shed some light and tell us some of the things Obama has done to truely show he is qualified to be our leader.

Mr. Obama campaigned on the promises of Hope and Change. Please tell me how filling cabinet posts with ex Clinton croneys, crooks, and his pals from Chicago is going to be good for our country. Is this the change we really need? His own VP said that within six months Obama is going to be tested. Can we afford this? Open your eyes, its starting already. The Middle east is going to extremely volitile for some time to come. Unfortunately for us we need the middle easts oil. The Dems wont let us drill our own and become independant of foreign oil. Environmentalist have the Dems in their pockets.

The youth of today have no concept of what its like to have to earn what you get. Most, and I wont say all, have the idea that they are owed something. Mr. Obama played on that with his share the wealth, and he did get alot of the young votes. I see nothing wrong with helping people in a time of need, but that should be a choice I make. Taking more taxes from hard working citizans and giving money to lazy people is not the way to go, and if it really is, where do I sign up. I'd like to get paid for doing nothing. I have been working for everything I have for the last 30 years, where's my slice of the pie.

-- Posted by KRKJR on Sun, Dec 28, 2008, at 11:54 AM

Kimjean:

Nothing will change. Look at the people your hero Obama surrounds himself with. He is involved in a HUGE scandal right now in IL with their Gov. Will anything ever come of the "investigation" being done? Heck no! It will all be covered up to "protect" us. What a joke. Obama has a habit of surrounding himself with criminals and people that have litle to no values (Manuel, Biden, Clinton, etc.). Change is on the way...but probably not for the better. Keep your blinders on. We will be here to remind you of how "great" things are a year from now, etc.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Sat, Dec 27, 2008, at 11:33 AM

Yep, what a legacy we have to be proud of indeed. Our county is not any better. Where is the coverage of that?

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Fri, Dec 26, 2008, at 12:32 PM

It's always quicker to tear down a reputation than it takes to repair one. During the past 8 years, the Bush administration has completely torn down the last vestages of respect and trust from foreign nations and our own citizens of the United States. I am truly disillusioned by this President and his administration during these past 8 years.

Yes OpinionMissy, it WILL TAKE TIME to repair all the damage down in the past 8 years. It will most likely take the next 20 years or more to accomplish this feat.

President Bush and Vice-President Chaney have committed unconstitutional acts against the American people, after swearing to uphold the constitution.

Where is the outrage? Where is the condemnation? 33 years ago, when it was found that President Nixon orchestrated Watergate and the massive coverup, the Republican party eventually denounced Nixon and pressured him to resign.

Now, the same party that had the courage to stand up to President Nixon, has sat on their thumbs while our President has invaded the privacy of U.S. citizens through illegal wire tapping, denied prisoners the basic right of habeus corpus, invaded a country and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

The most recent election day proved that Americans are sick and tired of being lied to and having the most basic constitutional rights deprived. The majority of U.S. citizens have communicated that there needs to be "a new day" for the U.S. to survive.

It won't be easy and it WILL TAKE TIME - but I thank God that American still have the opportunity to make a difference in the world - hopefully the next four years, the difference will prove to be a positive difference.

-- Posted by kimjean577 on Thu, Dec 25, 2008, at 5:26 PM

Was going to reply but HMM... it is Christmas time enough to wipe egg on the faces.

Mery Christmas

-- Posted by Momof 2graduates on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 4:31 PM

Be careful with that statement Mr. Editor. Obama's record in Illinois of being gone more than in office should be a warning. Things can be much worse and probably will be no matter who is in office. The difference with your guy is that you will say "things take time" and "he has a lot to fix." Where if it was "my guy" you would want the turn around from day one and you would blame everything under the sun on him and Palin. So far, there is a dark cloud over the Obama camp...you are what you surround yourself with and he is off to a very telling start so far. So, while I am not a fan of the current holder of the keys...I think we can do worse...and probably have. Time will tell I guess. I hope Obabma works more and harder than he did for the people of Illinois. If not, I am sure he will serve his full 8...history does repeat itself---again and again. The dumber a person is, the farther they make it in the world of Government (both on the local level and in DC).

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, Dec 24, 2008, at 1:52 PM


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