The Daily Princetonian (Princeton U.)
(U-WIRE) PRINCETON, N.J. – George W. Bush is, indisputably, the
best president in the history of the United States.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that he’s the best leader EVER,
trumping everyone from Winston Churchill (a drunk) to King David (a
pretty-boy shepherd according to the prophet Samuel and a girlie
man, according to Gov. Schwarzenegger). His notion of preemption
would’ve worked wonders for Lincoln, Roosevelt and the guy in
Independence Day. The funny thing is, I wasn’t aware that the
president was the paradigm of perfection until the election cycle
hit fever pitch this summer.
As a libertarian conservative, I have always regarded the
Republican Party as the lesser of two evils. Bush’s early promises
of cutting taxes meant cutting government to me. But hidden in this
beautiful promise was a sinister spending plan that would endeavor
to help all sorts of poor people, leaving no child behind and
extending prescription drug coverage. Other less-than-Libertarian
actions included the appointment of the Missionary from Missouri,
the Apostle John Ashcroft, to the post of attorney general after he
lost his Senate reelection campaign to a dead dude. The Right
sought to repeal Roe v. Wade, while I remained in favor of abortion
rights in the hopes that I too might one day get to have foolish
unprotected sex like the rest of the nation. And when the Patriot
Act passed, I became slightly paranoid that my civil liberties
might be in jeopardy if I ever became a terrorist.
Similarly, I became enamored with our current president after
seeing the epic motion picture event of the summer: Michael Moore’s
timeless “Fahrenheit 9/11.” This year’s tidal wave of anti-Bushism
threw me on the defensive as a conservative. Suddenly George W.
wasn’t just my candidate in the election by virtue of being a
Republican. He was a lightning rod for the legions of the Left from
the West Coast to the Northeast. It became my sworn duty to defend
the man against all enemies, French and domestic. My axis of evil
became Whoopi Goldberg, Bruce Springsteen and George Soros.
If each side is going to rabidly exploit any sign of weakness,
then I’m just not going to admit that Bush has any faults. If, in
this space, I accuse the president of being fiscally irresponsible
– conservatives used to be all about less government) then tomorrow
I’ll face a litany of jubilant “So let’s plant Bush back in Texas!”
from my liberal acquaintances and betrayed looks of “Why’d you give
them new ammunition?” from my conservative compatriots.
So for my money, it’s Dubs all the way. Just between you and me,
I have my reservations about some of his policies, but I still
think he’s the best man for the job of beating the crap out of
terrorists. And since my admission of weakness may give strength to
the Kerry machine, let’s keep it a secret. Remember what I said at
the outset: George W. Bush is the best president. Ever.