THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

Bush legacy (final thoughts)

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on January 15, 2009

images21Despite the turbulent economic times we’re faced with now, the Bush legacy will focus on national security and his indelible imprint on the volatile global climate. He will not be missed. It will be difficult for him to leave without being defensive and defiant.

The legacy is clearly mixed and tragic: history will tell of a President full of contradictions, disappointments and non-reflection. Contradictions of a “conservative” President ushering in an age of unabated government spending and bloated deficits. Disappointments in the sense that many of his decisions appeared to clash with reality and common sense. Non-reflection based on a perceived refusal to fully consider the magnitude of those decisions and where they led us as a nation.

Iraq is his main talking point since he invested so much in it, politically and personally. There is much melancholy and irony in the observation claiming he kept America safe from attack by setting his Presidential clock to September 12th. Attacks may have been avoided in the post-9/11 world, but it doesn’t change the fact that he was President during nine months of warnings before that fateful day. Still, probably the biggest point in Bush’s legacy as President is the dramatic erosion of public trust in government.

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