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The Great Humanitarian – George W. Bush

Sadly, the former President and his allies were not willing to promote their policies or stand up to their false accusers on many an occasion, so his great work in Africa has gotten lost in the muck of our MSNBC-era world.

From Foreign Policy:

I’d suggest that there’s one president whose contribution dwarfs all the others. Unlike Hoover, he launched his program while he was in office, and unlike FDR, he received virtually no votes in return, since most of the people who have benefited aren’t U.S. citizens. In fact, there are very few Americans around who even associate him with his achievement. Who’s this great humanitarian? The name might surprise you: it’s George W. Bush.

I should say, right up front, that I do not belong to the former president’s political camp. I strongly disapproved of many of his policies. At the same time, I think it’s a tragedy that the foreign policy shortcomings of the Bush administration have conspired to obscure his most positive legacy — not least because it saved so many lives, but because there’s so much that Americans and the rest of the world can learn from it. Both his detractors and supporters tend to view his time in office through the lens of the “war on terror” and the policies that grew out of it. By contrast, only a few Americans have ever heard of PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which President Bush announced in his State of the Union address in 2003.

In 2012 alone, PEPFAR directly supported nearly 5.1 million people on antiretroviral treatment — a three-fold increase in only four years; provided antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV to nearly 750,000 pregnant women living with the disease (which allowed approximately 230,000 infants to be born without HIV); and enabled more than 46.5 million people to receive testing and counseling.

“Bush did more to stop AIDS and more to help Africa than any president before or since,” says New York Times correspondent Peter Baker, who’s writing a history of the Bush-Cheney White House that’s due to appear in October. “He took on one of the world’s biggest problems in a big, bold way and it changed the course of a continent. If it weren’t for Iraq, it would be one of the main things history would remember about Bush, and it still should be part of any accounting of his presidency.”

Yet one of the loudest and shrillest groups that carried the “BusHitler” signs?  The Gay Political Left in America.  They should be ashamed.  But they have no morals or principles, so they aren’t capable of admitting they tarnished a great leader in George Bush.

PS – Barack Obama still has a lot of evolving to do on gay marriage to come close to the support of the issue demonstrated by former Vice President Dick Cheney — another of the Gay Left’s boogeymen.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

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11 Comments

  1. Let this be a lesson to all conservatives, the more compassionate you are the more they will compare you to Hitler. So shove the compassion and balance the darn budget.

    Comment by BurkeanMama — February 15, 2013 @ 4:06 pm - February 15, 2013

  2. What strikes me most is that G.W. laid out a program, PEPFAR, in which he set specific goals for prevention, treatment and care:

    The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan) was a commitment of $15 billion over five years (2003–2008) from United States President George W. Bush to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The program initially aimed to provide antiretroviral treatment to 2 million HIV-infected people in resource-limited settings, to prevent 7 million new infections, and to support care for 10 million people by 2010. PEPFAR increased the number of Africans receiving ART from 50,000 at the start of the initiative in 2004 to at least 1.2 million in early 2008. PEPFAR has been called the largest health initiative ever initiated by one country to address a disease. The budget presented by President Bush for the fiscal year 2008 included a request for $5.4 billion for PEPFAR.

    The massive funding increases have made anti-retrovirals widely available, saving millions of lives. Critics contend that spending a portion of funding on abstinence-until-marriage programs is unjust while others feel that foreign aid is generally inefficient. According to a 2009 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the program had averted about 1.1 million deaths in Africa and reduced the death rate due to AIDS in the countries involved by 10%.

    The result is that with careful oversight, the program has been an astounding success.

    Which leads me to ask why it is that liberals can not openly lay out an agenda supported with facts, objectives and debate the merits?

    Could we, for instance, do health care reform planning in the open, without the demagoguery and with specific targeted goals that would have a sunset provision in order to reconsider what has worked and what has not?

    I agree with Herman Cain’s assessment of liberal “debate” and style: When pressured, they shift the topic, ignore the facts and end up name calling.

    In the case of PEPFAR, Hillary Clinton threw her arms around it in November, 2012 and walked off as its Grand Matron.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 15, 2013 @ 5:02 pm - February 15, 2013

  3. There are a few video clips out there of Bono praising American taxpayers and George Bush’s leadership in getting the program passed through Congress. I couldn’t find the vid, but I remember an interview in which Bono also specifically singled out Orrin Hatch as being instrumental in helping get it passed. There is another clip of Elton John praising American “conservatives” and George Bush for the program.

    Our press may not tout the program much, but British rock stars know who deserves the credit: American taxpayers and Republican political leaders.

    (For some strange reason, the “copy and paste” function of my clipboard won’t let me copy the urls here. But they’re easy to Google.)

    Comment by Scott — February 15, 2013 @ 6:43 pm - February 15, 2013

  4. Perhaps one of the reasons Bush was so successful in this regard is that he didn’t/doesn’t see HIV as a homosexual issue but a human issue.

    Comment by Ignatius — February 15, 2013 @ 7:29 pm - February 15, 2013

  5. So shove the compassion and balance the darn budget.

    THIS X1000!!!!

    Comment by Rattlesnake — February 15, 2013 @ 7:32 pm - February 15, 2013

  6. He’s as evolved as he’s as likely to get< for a munchkin that is:

    http://moelane.com/2013/02/15/president-barack-obama-electoral-munchkin/

    Comment by Catseye — February 15, 2013 @ 8:24 pm - February 15, 2013

  7. I submit that the real heros are America’s worn out and tapped out taxpayers (living and those yet to be born who will get stuck with the tab).

    I’m all for releiving suffering where possible but compassion is spending one’s own time and money, not someone else’s.

    Comment by KCRob — February 15, 2013 @ 9:30 pm - February 15, 2013

  8. The heros here are the burned out, tapped out US taxpayers (current and future) that pay, and will pay, for all this global dogoodery while many of our own people suffer from circumstances they’ve no control over.

    Compassion is spending one’s own time and labor, not money seized from others.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — February 16, 2013 @ 10:05 am - February 16, 2013

  9. Liberals will find their shame about the same time Stalin would embrace capitalism.

    Comment by davinci — February 16, 2013 @ 10:01 pm - February 16, 2013

  10. Men like Bush Jr and Romney may live up to the Christian ideal (even if Romney isn’t literally one), but the fact remains that in this day and age, the righteous man who does not boast (or at least broadcast the fact) of his good deeds stands in danger of condemnation by venal souls who would seek to usurp him.

    Comment by perturbed — February 17, 2013 @ 4:56 pm - February 17, 2013

  11. The rage by leftists against Reagan was not just because he did not take AIDS on as a priority agenda. He is blamed for causing the AIDS epidemic by “not even talking about” AIDS. Tony Kushner did a seven-hour yarn called Angels in America blaming Reagan for AIDS. Apparently, AIDS would have been stopped in its tracks if the “great communicator” had just joined Nancy and told the naive folks in the STD exchange group to “just say ‘NO’” to unsafe sex along with drugs.

    Now, Tony Kushner has a new play: “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures — Tony Kushner’s socialist spectacular.” This is all true to form. Kushner is a typical leftist red-diaper baby elitist who has skipped the vulgar life of common workers, professionals, farmers, collared employees (blue or white) and all those who trudge the endless circle of making a living, a family, a life. Kushner and his liberal echo-chamber cohorts are the only elite they tolerate.

    Beginning in the late 60′s many college students began to shift from traditional studies to “fuzzy-studies” where they could substitute compassion for critical thinking and reason. They were no longer in search of the “truth” and concentrated on relativism and shifting the university to become a stage for attracting attention.

    Allan Bloom called this action by leftist students “an elite shortcut to political influence.” Bloom noted that it “is very difficult to distinguish oneself in America, and in order to do so the student substituted conspicuous compassion for their parents’ conspicuous consumption.”

    Liberals have gone down this road ever since. They are, of course, relativists, organizing around “conspicuous compassion” and they are all full of the psychobabble inhaled from the penumbra that emanates from their fuzzy studies and political correctness and their special brand of tolerance.

    Along comes stupid old cowboy G. W. Bush and that village idiot comes up with a program that actually has great results in fighting AIDS in Africa and in doing so, ChimpBushHitler violates the narrative. The facts must be ignored and their legend preserved.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 18, 2013 @ 12:22 pm - February 18, 2013

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