W the President
I know he has a low approval rating. I know it keeps falling. Yada, Yada, Yada.
That said if you asked me to my approval rating of Bush it would be favorable. If the amount of how favorable were on a scale of 1-10, I would probably give a 6. But that is assuming that not approving would be negative numbers. So please take my scaling system into consideration when looking at this.
Is he perfect. NO
Is every choice he has made right. NO
But would I still have voted for him. YES
Bush is in a no-win situation right now. It would not matter if he suddenly became Superman and saved the world from certain peril at the hands of a criminal mastermind, like The Penguin.
I posted this before but it bears repeating. A presidents approval rating can not be fully determined until close to a decade after his presidency. There is carry over from the term before that affects the subsequent president. If you look at this approval rating chart and explanation of why approval ratings at the moment are not repsesentative of the whole it might help a little to explain.
Take a good look at the previous presidents of the united states. You can find credible literature describing many of them as both gods and as failures, often for the exact same deeds. In hundreds of U.S. history classrooms, right now, kids are writing papers about whether Reagan, Lincoln or JFK were the greatest, or the worst, presidents in U.S. History. Many historians agree it takes at least a decade to sort out the impact of a presidents actions. Yet we bet so much on rejection or approval of the last president or two: four or eight years, being less than the decade needed to have a sense of what they did well, and what they did wrong. – Taken from ScottBerkun.com
I think he has done an excellent job protecting our country. As much as you might want to think the war is not necessary, look at what they have done. It is amazing. War is never without mistakes, both tactically and strategically.
Do you know every move that someone is going to make before they do it? If you do than you could easily defeat opponents with little to no casualty.
Unfortunately we don’t get the playbook beforehand.
And yes, I thank him. For 8 years as President, an often thankless job. You are held to such high standards and expectations that you are almost set up to fail. The weight of the world, not just our country, is on your shoulders. The burden is immense. Yet still every four years multiple people desire the position. I ultimately still respect him as a leader and as a wise human.
I got fed up with the distasteful comments that were being made after a Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony, a ceremony honoring the sacrifice of one of our fine soldiers. He jumped on a grenade and saved his comrades. A heroic act that is worthy of reward. Bush spoke at the ceremony and he was teary eyed. But really, who was not when watching and listening to the words spoken.
I know I was.
Comments started flying all over the internet saying Bush just felt guilty, it was blood on his hands, but those words just belittled this man’s sacrifice. They did not allow the moment to be about what he had done for his fellow servicemen. His job, what any serviceman would do for his fellow soldiers. It is what they are trained for. But instead, they had to turn it into some big conspiracy theory.
It made me very mad and I ordered my W – Thank You sticker within the hour.
Now as far as arguing the soldiers sacrifice, please remember we are not living in a draft time. Our military servicemen and women have all chosen to enlist. This is the job they choose. They know what they are getting into when they sign up.
The Oath of Enlistment
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
The Oath of Office (for officers):
“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance tot he same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
I am the child of a career naval officer. I feel joy and pride when I see our men and women in uniform. Most of us have never known or appreciated not being able to fly our flag whenever we want. Our children are growing up to feel that they are “owed” something from our country. The days of them knowing and understanding all that has been sacrificed over the years so they can enjoy the freedoms we have to do are quickly fading. As the generations who remember WW I and WW II ad even Vietnam are slowly starting to fade, we are left with a society that wants all the freedoms we have now, plus some that we have never had or been assured by the constitution, yet they don’t want to do anything to get them.
I have children. As much as I don’t want anything to happen to them, should one of them when old enough decide to serve our country, I would be so proud. I would worry and pray for their safety but I would honor and respect their desire to stand up for freedom and defend our country.
So a final thank you to George Bush. Thank you.
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