Friday, October 28, 2005

Sometimes Leaders Have to Follow

"Trust me" government asks that we concentrate our hopes and dreams on one man; that we trust him to do what's best for us. Well my view of government places trust not in one person or one Party, but in those values that transcend persons and parties. The trust is where it belongs -- in the people. The responsibility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their elected leaders. That kind of relationship, between the people and their elected leaders, is a special kind of compact.

Ronald Wilson Reagan
1980 Republican National Convention Acceptance Address

3 Comments:

Anonymous ray b said...

"The responsibility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their elected leaders. That kind of relationship, between the people and their elected leaders, is a special kind of compact.

"So, with an approval rating of only 39%, I think President Bush should follow the lead of the people and resign from office."


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H. Kurtz:

Charles Krauthammer, David Frum, Bill Kristol, Laura Ingraham and their conservative colleagues didn't sink the Harriet Miers nomination on their own. But in the blink of a news cycle, they turned against their president, framed the debate and provided the passion that undermined her case.

It was Krauthammer who offered the White House last Friday what he called "the perfectly honorable way to solve the conundrum" by using a refusal to turn over Miers's internal memos as a fig leaf for withdrawing her Supreme Court bid -- which is precisely what she did.

"I guess she reads my column," the Washington Post and Fox News commentator said yesterday. "All that was missing was the footnote."

This time, no one can blame the liberal media. And what made the right's revolt all the more remarkable was that its opinion-mongering wing didn't simply stand in polite opposition to Miers. Its troops hit the trenches, attacked Miers as unqualified, ripped President Bush for cronyism and in some cases raised money to defeat the nomination.

10/28/2005 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Bohemian Like You said...

Please write the obit. I hope Democrats continue to "misunderestimate" the President.

He has made a mistake in many Conservatives' eyes, but not an unrecoverable one...like say, having sex with an intern then denying it, then denying that what actually qualifies as "sex" anyway.z

10/28/2005 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous ray b said...

Leaders should sometimes follow - Bush and Cheney should resign:

Bush's job approval falls to 35 percent
NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush's job approval rating has reached a low of 35 percent in a CBS News poll published Thursday.

The network cited the U.S. service personnel death toll surpassing 2,000 in Iraq, an indictment in the leak of a CIA agent's name, the aborted Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers and the hobbled federal response to Hurricane Katrina as reasons for the plunge in support, which also showed 57 percent of those questioned disapproving of Bush's leadership.

The only recent president lower at this point in his second term was Richard Nixon.

Vice President Dick Cheney has never been as popular as the president in polls, but his favorable rating is down 9 points this year to 19 percent, and Congress has 34 percent approval.

The nationwide poll was conducted by telephone from a random sample of 936 adults Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The poll has a 3-percentage-point margin of error.

11/03/2005 11:01:00 AM  

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