Gay Hillary supporters realize that Bush had his virtues

I’ve now received five emails bringing to my attention a post at Hillbuzz, a blog that (as best as I can tell) is written by two gay Hillary supporters.  (And thanks to all of you who did bring it to my attention.)  What makes the post at Hillbuzz so unusual is that it’s a frank appreciation for . . . George Bush:

We know absolutely no one in Bush family circles and have never met former President George W. Bush or his wife Laura.

If you have been reading us for any length of time, you know that we used to make fun of “Dubya” nearly every day…parroting the same comedic bits we heard in our Democrat circles, where Bush is still, to this day, lampooned as a chimp, a bumbling idiot, and a poor, clumsy public speaker.

Oh, how we RAILED against Bush in 2000…and how we RAILED against the surge in support Bush received post-9/11 when he went to Ground Zero and stood there with his bullhorn in the ruins on that hideous day.

We were convinced that ANYONE who was president would have done what Bush did, and would have set that right tone of leadership in the wake of that disaster.  President Gore, President Perot, President Nader, you name it.  ANYONE, we assumed, would have filled that role perfectly.

Well, we told you before how much the current president, Dr. Utopia, made us realize just how wrong we were about Bush.  We shudder to think what Dr. Utopia would have done post-9/11.  He would have not gone there with a bullhorn and struck that right tone.  More likely than not, he would have been his usual fey, apologetic self and waxed professorially about how evil America is and how justified Muslims are for attacking us, with a sidebar on how good the attacks were because they would humble us.

Honestly, we don’t think President Gore would have been much better that day.  The world needed George W. Bush, his bullhorn, and his indominable spirit that day…and we will forever be grateful to this man for that.

As we will always be grateful for what George and Laura Bush did this week, with no media attention, when they very quietly went to Ft. Hood and met personally with the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.

FOR HOURS.

Please read the rest here.  It’s an excellent post and deserves the attention it’s getting for the honest take it has on George Bush’s solid decency — and the contrast between his low-key, virtuous behavior and that exhibited by the Obami.

Hillbuzz’s post is a reminder that the very loud, politicized gay class tends to make us forget that most gays are just Americans who happen to like people of the same sex.  When things are rosy, they’re happy to trail behind the political guys, since there might be some benefits dropping off that bandwagon.  However, when push comes to shove, and when agitating but scarcely life threatening issues go by the wayside, America’s gays are Americans first — or, at least, most of them are.  That’s very heartening.

I look forward to the day when America’s Muslims figure out that, at some point they have to make a public stand between America’s deep investment in liberty and Islam’s demand that all citizens in all nations should be subjugated to Sharia’s draconian requirements.  Right now, thanks to the politically correct ideology that permeates the media, the government, educational establishes, and the top echelons of the military, American Muslims are getting a pass on having to come to terms with their own patriotism.  If they want to hew to their religion — well, that’s the moral choice they have to make, but we Americans should know, so that we can do what is necessary to protect our Constitutional rights for the vast majority of Americans (gay and straight, Catholic and Jewish, atheist and, yes, Muslim) who believe in those rights.

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  • Charles Martel

    I think American Muslims will turn out to be Good Germans—embarrassed by the shenanigans of their militant co-religionists but happy to, as Book says, “trail behind the political guys, since there might be some benefits dropping off that bandwagon.”

    As happened with the Good Germans, when it comes time to get serious about the savages in their midst it will be too late. 

    So I don’t hold out any hopes for our so-called moderate Muslin brethren. If they didn’t bother purging the Wahhabists when they first raised their ugly heads, what is going to make them do so now that a Christian and Jew-hating wimp is in the White House?

  • Al

    Hi BW,
    I read the peice on Hillbuzz yesterday, and had multiple reactions.
    GWB and Laura’ presence at Ft. Hood Friday evening probably provided much greater healing to the bereaved  and wounded than any numbers of minutes of presence or words of “compassion” from the current POTUS.
    When I linked the Fox News piece of the Bushs’ quiet visit to Ft. Hood  to a local radio talk show host, he joyously opened his show with it.
    After reading the Hillbuzz piece in its entirety, the authors sounded like a bunch of earnest, loyal, and after analysis, thoughtful adolescents, who have realized they have made a terrible mistake, and wish to own up to it. With a vengance.
    Sounds like a bunch of young, strong, Americans to me.
    Al
     

  • highlander

    Thank you for this, BW.
     
    I did not agree with everything George W did, but he certainly was — and still is — a compasionate man and a man of character who did what he thought was right according to his lights inspite of the lumps he knew he’d get for it.  I am convinced that history will look upon him as one of our best.
     
    Certainly quite a contrast with his successor.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Harry Truman is one of our universally recognized “great” Presidents. However, he left office with approval ratings in the low-20s, not all that unlike GW Bush. Funny thing is, I don’t recall meeting anyone from my parents’ generation that ever admitted to having been anything but positive in their assessment of Harry Truman.
     
    I suspect something similar will be at work here and that some day (sooner rather than later, I suspect), it will be difficult to find anyone that was anything but a dyed-in-the-wool GW supporter. I will remember who they were, though. I won’t let them forget what they did to my country.

  • Oldflyer

    Earlier today I read (I forget where) an account by a PFC who was wounded at Ft  Hood.  He related first hand impressions of the low-key, lengthy, very personal and interactive on an individual basis visit by the Bushes; and compared it with the perfunctory, highly orchestrated and restrictive visit by Obama.
    I agree wholeheartedly with Highlander.  I would add only that Laura Bush is the perfect partner.  He often puzzled or frustrated me with his domestic policies; but I never questioned that his decisions were made because he honestly believed them best for the country.

  • Gringo

    The reaction of the party in power will be something along the line that Dubya was “upstaging”  the POTUS.  For rebuttal: Dubya did it quietly, not wanting publicity. Contrast that with the “look at me”  message the POTUS sent to the ceremony marking the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

  • highlander

    Agreed, Oldflyer.  Whenever I think of Laura Bush, the word that always comes to mind is “class.”

  • Gringo

    In reading some of the comments at Hillbuzz, what struck me was that nearly all of the commenters were in agreement with the tone of the article, albeit from different perspectives.I  read for  several  minutes, and remember only one negative  reaction to the article. Granted, this is not a randomly selected audience, but  it still is significant. Recall that  Hillary and Obama’s  vote totals-not delegate totals-  in the primaries were nearly equal.  When you consider that point, this change of perception may be wider spread than just Hillbuzz readers.
    This is further evidence that  many in the moderate middle are detaching themselves from the POTUS.   A big factor in this disengagement is the perception that the POTUS  does not love our county, a perception apparently not confined to  the wingnuts these days.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_2008_Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries

  • Mike Devx

    Gringo #8 said,
    >  <i>This is further evidence that  many in the moderate middle are detaching themselves from the POTUS.   A big factor in this disengagement is the perception that the POTUS  does not love our county, a perception apparently not confined to  the wingnuts these days.</i>

    We’re only a year into this horrifying presidency, and the reasonable Democrats are waking up every day into this reality, same as we are.  More and more, they’re understanding what trouble we are in, they are in, we ALL are in, when they contemplate the everyday actions of The Chosen One in the White House.

    There is only one benefit to the next three years: vicarious entertainment.  If you can, adopt the position of viewing current daily affairs with a filter of gallows humor.  It *will* end someday, hopefully in 2012.  In the meantime, remember what Book has said: Obama is a narcissist to the Nth degree.  What this means, for our vicarious, gallows-humor entertainment, is that <b> he will not be able to help himself.  He will not be able to prevent himself from making mistake after mistake after mistake.</b>

    For narcissists, it is ALL about them.  Those of us who aren’t narcissists really cannot comprehend the depths of this.  It explains what the Hillbuzzers have just noticed: How cold and remote Obama’s Fort Hood political show was, and how fundamentally decent George and Laura Bush’s visit was.  “Fundamentally decent” and “narcissism” do not, EVER, go hand in hand.  Remember the police sargeant helping Henry Gates down the White House steps while Obama strode off ahead of them, Mr. I Am So F$*$king Cool, to his Camera Moment.

    A couple of decades ago I hung out with another profoundly deep narcissist.  It is amazing, the similarities in persona, comportment and behavior I see between him and Obama.

    Try as they might, Obama’s handlers will not be able to prevent the odd behavioral moments from slipping out, again and again and again.  Hence the gallows-humor entertainment value of the next three years.  Enjoy what you can, while the wrecking ball of this administration continues to swing indiscriminately back and forth, destroying everything in its careening path.  (For awhile, the levee of political largesse will keep his liberal friends on his side, but the wreckage will reach them too, eventually… then things will get *really* interesting…)

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Mike:  Those of us who have had experience with “profoundly deep narcissists” know just how real the trouble facing America is.  It’s worth pointing out that psyciatrists say that, of all the psychiatric disorders, personality disorders generally and narcissism specifically are the most difficult to treat.  Since narcissists have built a complete defensive shell around themselves, with everything being someone else’s fault, they are impenetrable.  There are no course corrections because the narcissist is never wrong.

    Because Obama is surrounded by handlers, and because he wants to look good, appealing to his ego may force some changes in his approach to things, but he’ll still be a malignant narcissist.  So, even if he is forced to control himself somewhat in one area, he won’t in the others.  In any event, since those closet to him share his ideology and his traits, I don’t see him getting the kind of pressure he needs to change things.

  • BrianE

    Decoded: As Hillary supporters we think Obama is a despicable jerk, but since we will get sent to the gulags for pointing that out, we’ll compare Obama to the liberals second most hated man in America and say nice things about him. 

    I’m holding out for their conversion toward Palin.