George W. Bush Was the Perfect Republican President

gw-bush-perfect-republicanWhile most conservatives cite Ronald Reagan as the “ultimate Republican,” I just don’t see it that way at all. Because when I think of the president who best represents Republicans, the first name that comes to mind is George W. Bush.

I’ve often referred to his presidency as the “talking points presidency.” He gave that “good ol’ boy shtick” that conservatives ate right up. Never mind that most times he couldn’t even read a speech straight off a teleprompter without sounding like a complete idiot, he just “seemed like that kind of guy conservatives wanted to go have a beer with.”

As if making a good drinking buddy somehow qualifies someone to lead the United States.

But he stood up there and “stuck to his guns.” To conservatives, “true leadership” is apparently found in the inability for that leader to admit that they were wrong on something and change course before it spirals into complete chaos.

Remember how Bush often said we had to “stay the course”? Well, I guess that’s something he and Captain Edward J. Smith have in common – they “stayed the course.”

And even though almost nothing he said was going to happen actually happened (we didn’t make America safer, we never found Osama bin Ladin while he was in office, we didn’t balance the budget and we didn’t pay off our national debt following his tax breaks), the conservative base never really turned on him.

He is the ultimate “tough on terrorism small government Republican Christian conservative president” who:

  • Passed the most intrusive piece of legislation in our nation’s history (the Patriot Act).
  • Nearly doubled our national debt.
  • Presided over record deficits.
  • Started two wars without having any way to pay for them.
  • Endorsed the inhumane torture of other human beings.
  • Promised that tax cuts would bring about economic prosperity; instead they nearly led us into economic ruin.
  • Didn’t make America, or the world for that matter, any safer.

He turned out to be the exact opposite of every single value for which Republicans claim they stand. Yet they proudly voted for him anyway – twice. 

And now what do these same conservatives do? Blame the Democrat for not cleaning up Bush’s mess fast enough. All the while ignoring the blatantly obvious fact that Republicans in Congress have done just about everything they possibly can to prevent President Obama from being able to fix the seemingly endless list of issues George W. Bush left him.

But, in my opinion, Bush epitomizes everything about the GOP. He’s someone who ran on promises of conservative values, fiscal responsibility, economic prosperity and keeping America safer – yet he didn’t accomplish any of that.

And that’s what the GOP essentially is. It’s a party built on a foundation of perpetual talking points about what they are always going to do, without actually accomplishing any of them.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    And please emphasize that while most repubs want to start A war, GWB got us in two.

    With a flourish of Enron accounting (remember that Enron was part of his TX buddies), he took the cost of these wars “off the books” with a promise that the Iraqi oil (of which we were destroying their infrastructure) would pay for the wars. But Haliburton (aka Cheney and friends) not only got a nice pipeline from Afghanistan but a handsome profit from the wars. But not as much as Xe (or whatever they were calling themselves at the time) got for providing electric showers to our servicemen.

    Then there is the promise of being good for business – as in the too big to fail and depression.

    • Eric Dew

      Blackwater. Then something like Academia.

  • jimvancise

    Most republicans conveniently forget that Reagan was the guy responsible for that UN Treaty & the accompying U.S. Law :” “No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture” and “an order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture” (Art. 2 (2-3)).

  • Czarjak

    Made for each other. Knew what to say to the people who only wanted to hear what they wanted to hear.

  • Jim Clausen

    Historically, wars are good for the economy. Dubya had 2 of them, yet his administration somehow managed to take the economy to the brink of depression. The conservative voting base fondly recalls his memory, none the less.

    • Eric Dew

      Wars were “good” for the economy before the military industrial complex understood how to exploit and profit from them. What happened then was a war would take out millions of able-bodied workers out of the employment rolls. That forced employers to hire people at higher wages to compensate for a smaller pool of employable workers. Back then (WWI, WWII) those new workers were women, and perhaps minorities as well, which allowed them a taste of economic freedom. Now, these demographic groups are already in the employable group, so there’s no effect of benefitting those who were traditionally non-wage earners.

  • Randy Patton

    G. W. Bush did manage to increase the opportunities for the 1% to make more money. Lies, manipulation, and misguiding the public are his legacy. Now President Obama is beginning to show his true colors, and where does that leave the People of the United States?

    • Eric Dew

      Not really. He allowed them to earn more on safer (less risky) bets. Had he helped the remaining 99% get better, the 1% would have earned even more. There’s the difference between transferring money within an economy and growing the economy.

  • ted

    Bush WAS the perfect GOP POTUS. Dumb as a box of rocks and danced when the Military/Industrial Complex’s puppet masters pulled his strings. Saint Reagan would be considered a card carrying commie by the Teatards if he were to run today even though corporations, er, “people” like GE labeled him their greatest spokesman ever! (GE: The company who pays <10% on income, receives billions in returns, 60% of their work force aren't American and has a huge presence in the war industry)