President George W. Bush will soon be leaving office. This article in the Wall Street Journal today reports his record low approval rating of 27% as: " among the lowest for a departing President in modern history". Clearly, those to the left have been counting down the days. Even those
on the right have been divided over their support for our President. Many conservatives, such as blogger William Frey , have spoken out against the President as betraying the true ideals of conservatives. By increasing the defecit, extending the power of the Executive, infringing on personal rights (the Patriot Act), agreeing to the bailout, among other things, Bush seems to have strayed from the base ideals of personal liberty, small government and other ideals of conservatives.
I am definitely a classical liberal, and have not been a huge fan of many of President Bush's descisions. However, I have always been a closet admirer of George W. Bush. I know. Throw tomatoes at me. Maybe it is because he dares to say things such as:
"America must maintain our moral clarity,....I have often spoken to you about good and evil. This has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise."
This quote is taken from the same Wall Street Journal Article referenced above, which was reporting on the President's farewell address. I believe moral clarity is of the utmost importance. In a time where moral relativism reigns, a leader who believes in the absolute truths of good and evil is crucial.
Lets be honest, from September 11th to Hurricane Katrina, the man has been dealt some tough cards. I'm not saying he has handled them well, but I do want to know: is everyone jumping on the Bush-Hate train? Clearly, we know what people on the left think, and many people on the right agree. I'm going to try to keep it positive! Did the Bush presidency have any redeeming qualities?