Sunday, November 06, 2005

New Poll: What Concerns Conservatives Most Regarding the President's Leadership?

President Bush has the respect and support of almost all Republicans including those who identify themselves as Conservative.

This support he enjoys from his base is not without reservation or limitation, however. Conservatives I know expressed regret that Harriet Miers took the brunt of our collective frustration last month. This is unfortunate and unintended. Ms. Miers is one of the most accomplished women in the country. But, this does not make her the right choice for the court.

No, Harriet Miers really didn't do it. My frustration with the White House really began with the President's proven inability to articulate the war effort since before the conflict began. Any blogger to the Right of The Daily Kos does better outlining the motivations, rationale, alternatives, etc...of our liberation effort in Iraq. Pre-emption worked, democracy now has a foothold among twenty-two other dictatorships in the region and there are thousands of success stories there every month. It's time we started talking about the war this way. This means you and your staff too, Mr. President.

My frustration only recently escalated meaningfully with the President taking blame for every real and imaginary Katrina response failure. He allowed the Left to blame him, Conservatives overall, racism, Mike Brown, etc...for the plight of Louisiana's flood-stricken poor without once mentioning Nagin or Blanco or sixty years of failed Liberalism along the Gulf Coast.

My frustration peaked, however, with his public rebuke (via
Scott McClellan) of Bill Bennett - a loyal friend, ally, and victim of one of the most savage assaults by the thought police at the DNC,, and their accomplices in the media. This smacked of weakness, political expediency, and a complete lack of awareness to how limited free speech is right now in this country. What happened to Bill Bennett happens everyday in little ways to high school and college students when they dare to speak their minds - even if only to illustrate absurdity. Orwell's 1984 has arrived twenty-one years late, but arrived nonetheless, Mr. President.

Venting the primary reasons for my contribution to the Conservative Crackdown of 2005 is therapeutic, but I want to know the thoughts of the Republican base. I'm still not crazy about the state of immigration, energy policy, spending, etc...
Take a look at the poll under my profile in the top right hand corner and register your opinion. You can vote and speak your mind here at WHYGRR - at least for now.


Blogger Ben said...

they need to get spending under control.

11/07/2005 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous jesus h. christ said...

they need to quit lying

11/07/2005 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous MT said...

jhc - you need to speak with more specifics, and find a reasoned perspective to speak from when you do find and point to particular lies.

11/07/2005 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous MT said...

if you consolodated a few of the responses into simply "inability to articulate", that would have to be the winner. he needs a reeducation on how to seem in control and confident when speaking. why does he have to give that 1/2 smile/bobble-head attitude all the time now? how about some authority and appropriate indignation?

11/07/2005 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous jesus H. christ said...

Here's Mr. Liar #3 talking to ABC TV just after the war started:

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, weapons of mass destruction. Key goal of the military campaign is finding those weapons of mass destruction. None have been found yet. There was a raid on the Answar Al-Islam Camp up in the north last night. A lot of people expected to find ricin there. None was found. How big of a problem is that? And is it curious to you that given how much control U.S. and coalition forces now have in the country, they haven't found any weapons of mass destruction?

SEC. RUMSFELD: Not at all. If you think -- let me take that, both pieces -- the area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. [oh really, mr. liar]

Second, the [audio glitch] facilities, there are dozens of them, it's a large geographic area. It is the -- Answar Al-Islam group has killed a lot of Kurds. They are tough. And our forces are currently in there with the Kurdish forces, cleaning the area out, tracking them down, killing them or capturing them and they will then begin the site exploitation. The idea, from your question, that you can attack that place and exploit it and find out what's there in fifteen minutes.

I would also add, we saw from the air that there were dozens of trucks that went into that facility after the existence of it became public in the press and they moved things out. They dispersed them and took them away. So there may be nothing left. I don't know that. But it's way too soon to know. The exploitation is just starting.

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you think we'll still be fighting in Iraq six months from now?

SEC. RUMSFELD: Oh, goodness, you know, I've never -- we've never had a timetable. [Maybe you should have] We've always said it could be days, weeks, or months and we don't know. [and if someone in our administration had said years, we would get rid of them] And I don't think you need a timetable. What you really need to know is it's going to end and it's going to end with the Iraqi people liberated and that regime will be gone.[And until we set up their gov't and play nation building and we should have left this sleeping dog where it was but no, now we have 2,000 dead with no end in sight -- thanks for the war you blockheads]

11/08/2005 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous MT said...

you have a reasoned arguement that he may have been wrong, but you throw "lied" around as if you knew the intent. hatred and/or bias seems to have consumed you and tuned your backwards-focused perspective towards finding blame to try and justify an "i told you so"... even if you didn't. pointing out that someone was wrong with the benefit of hindsight is easy and shameful without an alternative forward-thinking plan. that's true in all aspects of life, not just politics.

11/08/2005 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous ray b said...

As a Liberal, which of the President's actions has concerned you most?

Harriet Miers nomination (just being stupid here)

Rebuke of Bill Bennett (was he suppose to Agree that black babies cause more crime)

Taking blame for response to Katrina (is he in charge of FEMA or not?)

Rebuke of Swift Boat Vets
Spending (those guys were jerks, he should have been harder on them)

Inability to articulate war effort
(you mean inability to run a war and its aftermath)

Inability to articulate energy policy (you mean inability to separate himself from his oil buddies?)

Inability to articulate immigration policy (he has one, just needs to talk about it more)

11/09/2005 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous jesus h. christ said...

you're right, lying may be too strong, how about misled -- they certainly misled us about the weapons of mass destruction -- in that they played up the crummy intel. way more than they should have -- and these guys are suppose to be experts -- they should have known they were playing fast and loose with the facts.

11/09/2005 08:40:00 AM  
Blogger The Authoritarian Boenau said...

I said spending, but Bill Bennett was a very close second.

Come to think of it, I have several close seconds.

11/10/2005 09:27:00 AM  

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