Reflections on the Inauguration

presidential-sealSo here we sit on Inauguration day. In a couple of hours we will swear in a new President and bid goodbye to George W. Bush as Commander in Chief. I do so with mixed feelings on the matter. I am sad to see George W. Bush go away. I liked who he was despite his flaws. But I am also looking forward to President Obama and learning about how he is going to change our country. So I thought I would share my thoughts as we move on to the next chapter in American history.
 

george-bush-official-2Let’s be clear, George was not a well liked President. But I liked him. I know he did some bad things. I know he did some dumb things. But I liked the man for who he was. I like that he didn’t care what you thought of him. He cared about making the best decisions he could in each situation, sometimes choosing between several impossible options and hoping for the best. Unlike most politicians (including the incoming President and the previous President), George Bush refused to be driven by polls and worries about his popularity. 

He understood inherently that he had information that you didn’t have. He understood that half the American population isn’t politically educated enough to know what positions Obama even ran on. He understood that your opinion of his decisions was completely driven by what a highly partisan media told you to think. So he just made the decision he thought was best regardless of what dumbass Sean Penn thought of it. Sometimes it was the right decision, sometimes it was the wrong decision. For a job that requires 20 decisions a day that would require you to spend months researching, I think he did OK.

BushFor now he will be defined by the Iraq war, one of the bad decisions. Wrong to go in there, but right to stay and finish the job once he realized his mistake. But that won’t be his legacy in the long run. People over time will realize that his decisions were fairly sound and that he did good things for the country that no one wants to talk about right now. History will be a much kinder judge of George W. Bush than today’s liberal, hate filled media has been. I will judge him on the fact that is has been 7 years, 130 days since 9/11, and there has not been a major terrorist attack on US soil. Do an google search for terrorist plots stopped by George Bush since that date and the list is quite extensive. 

So what will I remember of the last 8 years with GW as President? I will remember 9/11 and the leader that stepped forward and got this country back on its feet. I will remember the devolvement of the media to a clearly democratically partisan tool rather than a news source. I will remember the pettiness of Democrats in America. Starting at the top with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, all the way down to people on the street, told what to think by the media and as cruel and petty and hateful and judgmental and divisive as I have ever seen people be. I will remember that all the actions taken by the hypocrite democrats over the last 8 years will be the same actions that they whine and cry foul about when Republicans do them over the next 4. 

Barrack ObamaBut today we will have to move on. We will have a new President and I am hopeful that we will move forward as a country. We have a reason to celebrate today. We have elected and will swear in the first black President in America. This is a historical moment, and one we, as a country, should be proud of. I know there are always going to be those fringe folks who remain racists, but I am proud that the majority of Americans showed how far we have come in just the last 60 years. 

obama-family-wavingI will be critical, as I have of President Bush’s decisions. I don’t agree with some of the directions that Obama wants to take this country and I will not be afraid to say so. But I do believe in this man. I believe he is a pragmatic man who will make good decisions. I believe that he will not allow the radical left wing of his party to dictate his policy. I believe he will, like the Presidents before him, make the best decisions he can with the information he has when he has to make them. 

I welcome the new President. I look forward to seeing him in action. I look forward to his rising to meet the challenges that are inherent in what may be the most difficult job on earth. I look forward to seeing him live up to the promises of bi-partisanship and better economic times and a better world opinion of the United States. He has his work cut out for him.

Comments

  1. blackflag2012 says:

    Do an google search for terrorist plots stopped by George Bush since that date and the list is quite extensive.

    Your definition of extensive is a lot different than mine – 10! And of those, some are simply stupid – like the liquid explosive movie-plot threat – LoL!

    http://www.heritage.org/research/HomelandDefense/bg2085.cfm

    But think about this – The Justice Department’s Inspector General has reported that between 2003 and 2006, the FBI issued nearly 200,000 National Security Letters s. The inspector General has also found serious FBI abuses of the NSL power. – warrants that bypassed judicial oversight. To find 10 (even that is a stretch) – yes, just 10, “plots”. A 1/20,000 hit – simply appalling!

    http://www.aclu.org/safefree/nationalsecurityletters/index.html

    There were few terrorist attacks in the US before Bush, too. This claim – a desperation grab to some sort of legacy – is horrific.

    The Legacy of Bush will be as a war criminal.

    – attacking countries that were no threat to the USA

    – creating the “Preemptive War” doctrine

    – justifying the first-use of nuclear weapons

    – the isolation of America from Europe by unilateral actions

    – threatening the Russians by reneging on Reagan’s promise not to extend NATO into Easter Bloc nations and restarting the Cold War

    – creating an alliance between China and Russia against US hegemony

    – use of torture

    – toying with fascism and destruction of freedom with the Homeland Security Act.

    – destruction of the US financial system

    The US is done. The military is broken, the economy is broken, and mostly thanks to Bush for turning a mere criminal act into a “War on Terror”.

    He is destined to go down in history right beside Nero.

    As far as Obama – he will go down as America’s Romulus Augustus – who presided over the fall and sack of Rome.

    Like USWep, Obama believes politics trumps economics. This is another way of saying that legalized coercion trumps voluntarism.

    The Wars will continue – Obama is favoring increasing the war in Afghan – and Iraq is going to get worse.

    Israel may expand its war aggression – the Likud party is forwarding debate on a new war – not against Hezbollah, but upon the whole of Lebanon itself – as well as Syria and perhaps even Iran. Obama will be dragged further into supporting Israel, at the cost of probable loss of the entire army in Iraq.

    Trillion dollar deficits forever. Massive inflation is guaranteed.

    This fiscal year, the combined unfunded liability of Social Security and Medicare will be in the range of $75 trillion.

    The magnitude of the Federal deficits and the magnitude of Federal Reserve monetary base inflation will not bring anything like smooth sailing through the financial storm.

    We have already seen the monetary base translated into expansion of M1. Offsetting this has been an increase in excess reserves deposited by banks at the Federal Reserve. Last fall, the FED began paying interest on reserves. That change in policy had been scheduled for 2011. It was moved up because of the crisis. Now the FED pays nothing. Excess reserves now receive nothing. Banks must pay interest on all deposits. Where will they get an even greater rate of return? They are losing money on every dollar held at the FED. The shrinking money multiplier will reverse when banks pull money out of the FED and start buying T-bonds or whatever else will safely pay a positive rate of interest.

    We shall see this explode before the next Congressional elections.

    Remember Pandora’s Box – released ills, toils and sickness — and finally the futility of hope. Hope is all Obama has.

    Therefore, Government must be abolished

  2. I think history will see him as the president who finally freed the state from that inconvenient piece of paper: The Constitution. Because “history” is written by the state-worshippers. That is why Lincoln is seen as a kind, thoughtful hero instead of the murderous tyrant he really was (by most people).

  3. blackflag2012 says:

    Indeed, Kent.

    He doesn’t have that much to do. It’s well faded to the point of illegibility.

    I’ve not been a ‘Constitution’ fan, so it’s disappearance won’t make a tear shed from my eyes.

    For me, the USA ended with the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and the repeal of the Articles of Confederation.

    If I were a Constitutionalist, perhaps a case can be made that the war of 1861–65 was the point of no return.

    Or maybe it was the election of 1904, the most forgotten Presidential election of the twentieth century.

    Only a handful of historians and political junkies can tell you who lost. A slightly greater number can tell you who won: Teddy Roosevelt. Can you name his opponent?

    I thought not.

    It was a New York politician, Alton B. Parker. He was a pro-gold standard politician. He was the last of his kind. Pro-statists took over since then.

    Four years later, Woodrow Wilson won.

    In that election, three statists – ran against each other: Roosevelt, Wilson, and President Taft.

    That year also saw a Constitutional Amendment establishing the direct election of Senators. Another amendment was said to be passed – technically, it wasn’t: the income tax. In 1913, late in December, the Senate passed the Federal Reserve Act.

  4. Only idealists with no common sense will remember him as a war criminal. You should go and see if you can hook up with Nancy Pelosi. You sound just like her.

  5. Excellent article. The death of the media in this country is our greatest problem. However, when Jefferson was president, he too did not read the papers. I found that fact to be highly interesting as he was integral in creating the freedom of the press inclusion in the constitution. His thoughts on free speech were that there will always be far right and far left and it is the responsibility of the middle to straighten then out. 😛

    I too look fondly upon President Bush. He had at one point the highest rating a president has ever “enjoyed” at 90% approval. He left office with the third lowest rating, not the lowest rating as one of the “major” newspapers reported. This is what is wrong, the media states as fact, lies.

    I don’t know how this internet media trend is going to affect our nation. Obama used the internet to get elected. I just hope the radicals he incited, he will now calm down. You bring a mob to heighted furver, you surely have a responsibility to control that mob?

    Anyways, I like your writing, and I will look back to see more of your thoughts, thanks.

  6. blackflag2012 says:

    Wars without international legality (e.g. not out of self-defense, not sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and not sanctioned by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations) can be considered wars of aggression.

  7. I caught your comments (http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/01/20/ryan_obama/) on FoxNews and wanted to say how much I appreciated them. It’s good to see a kindred spirit speak up. As a matter of fact, your post gave me hope.

    I too was very disappointed with Bush. There have also been times when Obama gave me hope. I also have wanted to say that I believe in him. However, I felt more anger about politics today than I ever have, when I should be happy that once again, America had a peaceful transition of power. Booing the outgoing president was a disgrace. CNN and MSNBC used any opportunity to slam Bush today, however small the bait. The past eight years has seen the final death blow to journalism, with a subjective press irrationally trashing a man, however flawed in his decision making, who loved this country and who left the office with such grace and humility. Now they worship a man whose character is just as questionable and just as ideologically suspect. George Bush’s manner is the stuff of greatness, yet bigots have seized the day. Where is the proof now that he was a dictator? “blackflag2012” is yet another example of silliness … Bush is Nero? It’s just another Bush is Hitler. Moronic, self-defeating, self-refuting crap. Where is the example that Bush was a tyrant? Tyrants don’t allow dissent, and tyrants don’t leave office.

    I have come to learn that people love their dictators so long as that dictator serves their worldview, however crass and evil that worldview is.

    My point really is that these are the same people who are now asking for my bipartisan support and patience, and I don’t want to give it to them. I am so angry, it is palpable. I don’t know how to deal with these feelings … I have thought some pretty nasty things about people today.

    You have given me a little hope. What do you think I should do from here?

  8. Thanks Unicorn. I appreciate the comments and that you have stopped by to read! I look forward to your insight in the future!

  9. “Tyrants don’t allow dissent, and tyrants don’t leave office.”

    I think the office is the tyrant more than any of the people who occupy it. And, with the “free speech zones”, I think a new low in “allowing dissent” was reached. New “boss”; same as the old “boss”.

  10. blackflag2012 says:

    Tyrant? Oh, how about the Homeland Security Bill – National Security Letters – Gitmo and abu ghraib?

    Fiddling while Rome burned? Oh, financial collapse on an unprecedented scale?

    I think the analogy is pretty accurate.

  11. It is interesting, isn’t it Kentmcmanigal? I also think the power of the presidency is something of a problem itself. I guess it takes a tremendously moral man or woman to get into that office and not abuse that kind of power. I would bet that Bush ended up abusing it, and he shouldn’t get a pass for it. Yet I would also suggest that his abuse was no worse than any other.

    But my post was about the pettiness of people using his response to 9/11 as a way to take the country down a road to dictatorship … as if he had no reason to fear terrorism. As if he made it up and that no president prior to him had face Islamic terror. As if he was the puppet of the neo-cons. If it were true, if it was all so orchestrated, why is it that the neo-cons have no power today? What? Because America suddenly became aware? Because America suddenly became smart? No way. The only reason they tossed the tyrant grenade is because they could say it loud enough and often enough that the teeming masses would believe it.

  12. “Tyrant? Oh, how about the Homeland Security Bill – National Security Letters – Gitmo and abu ghraib? ”

    Problem: Homeland Security, given all its power, was never used to make a power grab by Bush or the neo-cons to establish a dictatorship. Bush and the congress who established apparently thought it was necessary, along with Gitmo. They left office. Quietly. You think Bush is a tyrant, I suggest you look at a real tyrant, like Castro or Chavez or Putin. Get a little perspective.

    “Fiddling while Rome burned? Oh, financial collapse on an unprecedented scale?”

    Oh, who thinks the president has power over commerce. Of course, Bush asked congress to regulate the mortgage market. You mean that fiddling? Bush is to blame for the credit market? Bush might have thrown fuel on the fire with a bailout … but he isn’t to blame for the economy.

    I can’t tell if you get your talking points from MSNBC or Pelosi.

  13. blackflag2012 says:

    Missing said

    Problem: Homeland Security, given all its power, was never used to make a power grab by Bush or the neo-cons to establish a dictatorship.

    The case is that you are merely myopic.

    Because the T-shirts change, doesn’t change the government – it hasn’t for decades.

    Every step reinforces government enforcement – your desire to pinpoint to ‘one man’ is futile – we’ve moved well beyond simple Ceaser’s.

    Bush and the congress who established apparently thought it was necessary, along with Gitmo. They left office. Quietly. You think Bush is a tyrant, I suggest you look at a real tyrant, like Castro or Chavez or Putin. Get a little perspective.

    They are wimps (except Putin – don’t call him a wimp to his face) compared to the cabal of democratic dictatorship.

    Castro a tyrant? He hasn’t invade dozens of countries over the last 50 years.

    Neither has Chavez.

    I think you need to expand your perspective a little more than jingoism.

    “Fiddling while Rome burned? Oh, financial collapse on an unprecedented scale?”

    Oh, who thinks the president has power over commerce.

    Since he appoints the Fed Board of Directors – oh, you forgot that, right?

    Perhaps you should stop watching TV and get an education, Missing?

  14. blackflag2012 says:

    I withdraw the “and get an education”. That was unnecessarily rude. Sorry.

    • no it wasn’t rude…. it was far too polite, it’s amazing how devoid from reality this article is… the world has come to despise America, though the planet maybe momentarily deluded into thinking Obama is anything more than a tory, with Bush as the comparison I guess it’s easy to think Obama must be great, though I am sure if he was a white man people wouldn’t be so easily fooled. He has a largely conservative background with a capitalist upbringing. He might like to quote Martin Luther King, but the sentiment is lost in action, the war machine continues to roll and the world continues to die. America even has to fiddle the environment issues by using different figures for it’s Carbon emissions than the rest of the planet.. America will cut it’s emissions by an equal percentage to the rest of the planet, it will just base those figures on 2005 levels instead of the globally accepted 1990 levels, and then those differences that amount to less than a 3% cut will be offset by actions they take in other countries around the world, meaning they actually take no action at all on home soil… This is not a country of change, this is country that is putting the brakes on change for the entire planet, instead of leading the way and making a positive effect, it continues to do the reverse, maintaining it’s grip as a narrow minded, blind and inward looking nation controlled by those who own the press…. the fact that a lot of the press where finally anti-bush by the time he left shows how incredibly right-wing Bush is and was, it cerainly doesn’t reflect on a liberalism within the press. On one post someone had the stupidity to say the American press was liberal!? Really the word liberal is something that might as well be left out of the dictionary for a vast percentage of Americans as I doubt they have any real concept or perspective of what such a thing is…..

      America amazingly still has some of the most forward thinking individuals despite all this, just they are so drowned out by the noise and pollution, the creaking of a society under collapse… but if it falls will it fall quietly? or will it spell the end for the human-race… maybe those oil loving super-rich conservatives are intending to populate the moon if it all gets too bad down here, hence Bush’s desire and policy in getting NASA to return there 😉 … well Obama has changed that, it seems he prefers Mars, I guess that is more forward thinking? but then which way is forwards in outer-space? ;p

      I must say I found many interesting, intelligent and educated responses on here, with the obligatory incoherent ramblings of those who’s only understanding of American and world politics comes from the propaganda of the financially controlled right-wing press… Michael Bloomberg’s $100,000,000 re-election campaign for New York Mayor is a good example of how free the press is, scraping victory by less than 4% despite having the press and media financially sitting in his pocket. In any democratically financed election where candidates are placed on an equal footing he clearly would have never come close to success….

  15. Blackflag, just because I don’t agree with you doesn’t mean I’m not educated. (After all, I’m sure when I showed you my degrees, you’d say I didn’t receive a real education, while you have the REAL education that everyone needs to discern the truth.) Call me myopic based on a couple posts? And my thoughts jingoism based on the defense of a single man, not a nation? Do you know what those words mean? Yeah, that’s really educated. In fact, that’s how a tyrant would argue. Call people names, dehumanize them, and then think that somehow reason has got your back.

    Invading another country isn’t the hallmark of a tyrant. Absolute rule is the hallmark of a tyrant. Shutting dissent is the mark of a tyrant. The murder of citizens is the mark of a tyrant. Not leaving power is the hallmark of a tyrant. Both Castro and Chavez foot the bill. Bush does not. Are you deliberately missing the point to defend your sacrosanct ideology?

    “Every step reinforces government enforcement – your desire to pinpoint to ‘one man’ is futile – we’ve moved well beyond simple Ceaser’s.”

    Isn’t this what you’re doing with Bush? Is this an example of hypocrisy in action?

    “Since he appoints the Fed Board of Directors – oh, you forgot that, right? Perhaps you should stop watching TV and get an education, Missing?”

    (You’re pinpointing Bush again.) Did you miss the fact that Bush tried to use his influence to regulate the credit market? Lord knows his war was costly and didn’t help, but Bush is not responsible for this economy.

    Maybe you should stop reading “Anarchist Cookbook” and get an education? Maybe you should watch TV and learn a few things. Wait. I’m playing your game. See how easy it is? We all know how easy it is to use that kind of smarmy rhetoric. So stop.

    • you might actually try understanding the politics of Venezuela before you go reiterating capitalist hogwash. The processes of Venezuelan politics and the progressive social movements developing in Latin America are about the most democratic and socially uplifting of anywhere on the planet. What American capitalists can’t stand is that it threatens the very power and financial systems that supports their undemocratic financial power-base. The poverty of South America is a direct result of centuries of USA driven exploitation, and the rape of it’s resources for US needs is one of the examples of how the USA maintains economic control over the rest of the world.

      Hugo Chávez is democratically elected under a process of elections that came under much scrutiny from world organizations and deemed completely democratic by them, very much different from the farce reelection under many allegations of intimidation and voting fraud that Bush achieved in the USA. It is widely alleged and with clear evidence that US elections particularly in for Bush’s second term were anything but fair, honest and democratic…. to appreciate some level of perspective and to have some chance of coming to anything even close to the truth you need to step outside of sources of information that are continually placed under your nose by the rich, with the only intention of deceiving you for their own gains. It seems the USA is in some sort of media controlled bubble of deceit and capitalist propaganda, no where else on the planet is such en example of mind control so prevalent… if there is one thing that makes American politics comparable to Nazi Germany, it’s not so much George Bush being like hitler, it’ more to do with the propaganda that is so built into the American system and so controlled by those in power – “the unelected super rich fat cats”.

      • Ant,

        As a person who has actually lived in Venezula during the Chavez revolution, your PoV is badly skewed.

        Chavez is a murderous thief.

        The poverty in Latin America is due to centuries of exploitation of the people upon themselves. They have been culturally trained by years under Spanish cruelty to learn that the only way to become wealthy is to steal it.

        Whereas under the British system, where under its market-based psychology, wealth is something earned.

        Thus in Latin America to be rich must mean you stole it. And that is how they treat wealth.

        With no surprise, they are poor.

  16. blackflag2012 says:

    Missing said

    lackflag, just because I don’t agree with you doesn’t mean I’m not educated.

    (

    Yep, already apologized for that – it was unnecessary.

    Call me myopic based on a couple posts?

    Well, if we are measuring insults – you’ve come rather rudely regarding my “perspective” – if you can call it, you can take it, right?

    And my thoughts jingoism based on the defense of a single man, not a nation?

    Yes.

    Since you are myopic – and see nothing beyond a single man.

    Do you know what those words mean?

    Yes. Do you?

    Invading another country isn’t the hallmark of a tyrant.

    It doesn’t hurt.

    Absolute rule is the hallmark of a tyrant.

    You mean like Presidential Directives and Executive Orders?

    – National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD 51) and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 (HSPD 20). This decree calls for Bush or a subsequent president to assume what is, in essence, dictatorial powers in the event of a “catastrophic emergency.”

    Or any one of these:
    NSPD 1 Organization of the National Security Council System 13 February 01
    NSPD 2 Improving Military Quality of Life 15 February 01
    NSPD 3 Defense Strategy, Force Structure, and Procurement 15 February 01
    NSPD 4 Transforming Deterrence 15 February 01
    NSPD 5 [Review of U.S. intelligence] 9 May 01

    NSPD 8 National Director and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism
    NSPD 9 Defeating the Terrorist Threat to the United States 25 October 01
    NSPD 10 U.S. Strategic Nuclear Force 21 December 01
    NSPD 12 United States Citizens Taken Hostage Abroad 18 February 02
    NSPD 13 [on conventional arms transfers]
    NSPD 14 [Nuclear Weapons Planning Guidance]
    NSPD 15 National Space Policy Review [resulting in U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Policy, 25 April 2003] 28 June 02
    NSPD 16 [To Develop Guidelines for Offensive Cyber-Warfare] XX July 02(?)
    NSPD 17 [National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction] (unclassified version)(PDF) 11 Dec 02(unclassified)
    14 Sep 02(classified)
    NSPD XX(?) [Authorizing Training for Iraqi Opposition Forces] 03 Oct 02(?)
    NSPD 18 Supporting Democracy in Colombia Nov 02
    NSPD 19 [Review of Defense Trade Export Policy]
    NSPD 20 Counterproliferation Interdiction
    NSPD 21 Support for Inspections in Iraq Nov 02
    NSPD 22 Trafficking in Persons 16 Dec 02
    NSPD 23 National Policy on Ballistic Missile Defense 16 Dec 02
    NSPD 24 [Post-War Iraq Reconstruction] 20 January 2003
    NSPD 25 [directs U.S. government agencies to attack the vulnerabilities of drug trafficking organizations]
    NSPD 26 Intelligence Priorities
    NSPD 27 U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy 25 April 2003
    NSPD 28 United States Nuclear Weapons Command and Control, Safety, and Security 20 June 2003
    NSPD 29 [Transition to Democracy in Cuba] 30 November 2003
    NSPD 31 U.S. Space Exploration Policy 14 January 2004
    NSPD 32 [Latin America Policy]
    NSPD 33 Biodefense for the 21st Century 28 April 2004
    NSPD 34 Fiscal Year 2004-2012 Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Plan May 2004
    NSPD 35 Nuclear Weapons Deployment Authorization 6 May 2004
    NSPD 36 United States Government Operations in Iraq 11 May 2004
    NSPD 37 Relating to Support of Iraqi Government 2004
    NSPD 38 National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace 2004
    NSPD 39 U.S. Space-Based Position, Navigation, and Timing Policy 08 December 2004
    NSPD 40 U.S. Space Transportation Policy 21 December 2004
    NSPD 41 Maritime Security Policy 21 December 2004
    NSPD 42 On Significant Military Exercise Briefs (SMEB) 26 January 2005
    NSPD 43 Domestic Nuclear Detection 15 April 2005
    NSPD 44 Management of Interagency Efforts Concerning Reconstruction and Stabilization (Fact Sheet) 7 December 2005
    NSPD 46 U.S. Strategy and Policy in the War on Terror 6 March 2006
    NSPD 47 National Strategy for Aviation Security 22 June 2006
    NSPD 48 Nuclear Materials Information Program 28 August 2006
    NSPD 49 U.S. National Space Policy 31 August 2006
    NSPD 50 U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa 2007
    NSPD 51 National Continuity Policy 4 April 2007
    NSPD 54 [on computer network monitoring and cyber-security] 8 January 2008
    NSPD 55 [on dual-use export controls] January 2008
    NSPD 56 Defense Trade Reform 22 January 2008
    NSPD 57 Implementation of the US-IAEA Additional Protocol 04 February 2008
    NSPD 58 Advancing the Freedom Agenda (Fact Sheet) 21 May 2008 (?)
    NSPD 59 Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security 5 June 2008
    NSPD 66 Arctic Region Policy 9 January 2009

    Homeland Security Presidential Directive
    Title

    Date
    HSPD 1 Organization and Operation of the Homeland Security Council 29 Oct 01
    HSPD 2 Combating Terrorism Through Immigration Policies 29 Oct 01
    HSPD 3 Homeland Security Advisory System 11 March 02
    HSPD 4 National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction (unclassified version) 11 December 02
    HSPD 5 Management of Domestic Incidents [Initial National Response Plan, 30 September 03] 28 February 03
    HSPD 6 Integration and Use of Screening Information to Protect Against Terrorism 16 September 03
    HSPD 7 Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection 17 December 03
    HSPD 8 National Preparedness 17 December 03
    HSPD 9 Defense of United States Agriculture and Food 30 January 04
    HSPD 10 Biodefense for the 21st Century 28 April 04
    HSPD 11 Comprehensive Terrorist-Related Screening Procedures 27 August 04
    HSPD 12 Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors 27 August 04
    HSPD 13 Maritime Security Policy 21 December 2004
    HSPD 14 Domestic Nuclear Detection 15 April 2005
    HSPD 15 U.S. Strategy and Policy in the War on Terror (classified directive) 6 March 2006
    HSPD 16 National Strategy for Aviation Security 22 June 2006
    HSPD 17 Nuclear Materials Information Program 28 August 2006
    HSPD 18 Medical Countermeasures Against Weapons of Mass Destruction 31 January 2007
    HSPD 19 Combating Terrorist Use of Explosives in the United States 12 February 2007
    HSPD 20 National Continuity Policy 4 April 2007
    HSPD 21 Public Health and Medical Preparedness 18 October 2007
    HSPD 23 [on computer network monitoring and cyber-security] 8 January 2008
    HSPD 24 Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security 5 June 2008
    HSPD 25 Arctic Region Policy 9 January 2009

    There is no Constitutional Power for the President to execute these decrees and are issued without Congress vote or approval. Therefore, it well fits your definition.

    Shutting dissent is the mark of a tyrant.

    Like “free speech zones” – greatly expanded under Bush

    Click to access dissent_report.pdf

    The murder of citizens is the mark of a tyrant.

    How about just murder, imprisonment without habeas corpus and torture? That fit your bill?

    Not leaving power is the hallmark of a tyrant.

    He was simply Squad R of the Team of Gov. Don’t confuse yourself with the players changing on the field – the game hasn’t changed.

    Both Castro and Chavez foot the bill.

    Perhaps – but they are mild wimps compared to Bush – Bush’s plans have slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people – Chavez plus Castro are small time hoods compared to ‘the Don’ Bush.

    Bush does not. Are you deliberately missing the point to defend your sacrosanct ideology?

    What ideology? Your the one defending a monster, not me.

    Isn’t this what you’re doing with Bush? Is this an example of hypocrisy in action?

    Keep up, Missing. You’re the one stuck on one man, not I.

    Hint: Take your blinders off – you stop running into walls.

    (You’re pinpointing Bush again.) Did you miss the fact that Bush tried to use his influence to regulate the credit market?

    Oh, more regulation of a regulated market would have solved the problem?

    What regulation do you believe ‘helped’??

    Lord knows his war was costly and didn’t help, but Bush is not responsible for this economy.

    He is responsible for his part in destroying the economy.
    As you point out, the war.

    Further, the continued demand for easy credit from the Fed.

    But, I have the feeling you are immune to information and fact regarding Bush.

    Maybe you should stop reading “Anarchist Cookbook” and get an education? Maybe you should watch TV and learn a few things. Wait. I’m playing your game. See how easy it is? We all know how easy it is to use that kind of smarmy rhetoric. So stop.

    If you learn so fast, perhaps it’s also your turn to apologize then.

  17. 10th Grade says:

    Blackflag, did you vote for bush?

    Would you like to be president then?

    Why were you guys debating this at 12:30 a.m.?

    good job Missing!

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