GP Commenter Trace Phelps must have been channeling my thoughts as I was on an airplane earlier today.
One of the things that’s disappointed me about President Bush was his failure after 9/11 and the commencement of the WOT to challenge the American people. Unlike previous war presidents, he did not ask Americans to make sacrifices for the war effort. Thus only the men and women in the military, and their families, are making sacrifices. Most of the rest of us, sadly, probably don’t think any sacrifices are necessary. Ask an American in any shopping center what he or she is doing to help in the WOT and he or she will stare at you with a dumb look.
The president, unfortunately, is no longer in a position to inspire most Americans to take the WOT seriously. I hope not, but it may take another terrorist attack on American soil to wake us up.
This too is probably my single biggest disappointment and frustration with President Bush. (Coming in close behind — Skyrocketing Federal spending.) He seems to have lost (if he ever truly had it), a connection with the American people on the War — or any topic for that matter. It isn’t so much his bad communication skills, but his lack of interest in being our Communicator-In-Chief.
While on the plane, I finished watching a great NBC News special on my iPod called “The Great Communicator — Ronald Reagan In His Own Words.” It was somewhat recent as Brian Williams was the host, and perhaps it originally aired after President Reagan’s death. I highly recommend it. (I found the iTunes link to the Reagan program! I think….)
In any case, watching Reagan consistently and passionately make the case against Communism, and for American values, from 1964 to 1989 really hit home as a contrast to how bad a job President Bush has done in communicating to our nation. I’m inspired to go and read (not watch) some of Reagan’s speeches again.
When will President Bush realize that he must rally this nation in its latest “rendezvous with destiny“?
To make matters more depressing, BORU at The Consortium points out that our alternatives in November are much more scary and ominous.
The GOP has done much to annoy and fracture its internal coalition. However, if the only other choice is the modern Democrat Party then there is no worthy alternative. We, who re-elected George W. Bush in 2004, must do what we can to elect Republicans this year. Especially in the House – our GOP House of Representatives do not deserve to be punished because of the arrogance and elitism of their Senate counterparts. And our President does not deserve to be impeached because John Conyers is the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Our country’s purse strings do not deserve to be put into the hands of the likes of Murtha, Pelosi and McDermott. Are they the ones you want deciding the amount alotted to our Armed Services and Border Patrol? Are they the men and women you want deciding how much more in taxes you will have to pay???
It is an honor and duty to vote in this country. This November it is also a responsibility. It is our responsibility to keep our country’s safety and economy in the more sane party’s hands. The other day, I again visited the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, and saw this quote of his from 1994 (the year Newt Gingrich led us to the majority we must this year protect):
“It was leadership here at home that gave us strong American influence abroad, and the collapse of imperial Communism. Great nations have responsibilty to lead, and we should always be cautious of those who would lower our profile, because they might just wind up lowering our flag.”
We should all heed the warning of this great man.
Indeed. I guess there is a lot of Reagan in the air this week. We are again at A Time For Choosing in America.