Saluting with misty eyes
Actually, Raph, That poke at President Clinton was very simply a one liner... it was a JOKE. Anyone who engages in oral SEX and then says he didn't have sex deserves to be hammered on his word choice. I have also poked wise at President Reagan, who was a much better President than all of his successors combined, IMHO. I have also made comments about "Dubya", although not here, that were wise cracks.
I have also, either in this thread, or another, I forgot... I think it was the one about the economy and bank rates that Brad started... made statements to the fact that President Bill Clinton, while EXTREMELY soft on Defense, and WAYYY too pansy-butt when it comes to deploying the military (he left Somalia because less than 100 people got hurt... and less than 30 died... at the cost to the Somalis of thousands) was a decent president that did good things for the economy.
I do not blindly follow anyone, however, I do tend to support my leaders in a time of crisis. Do I agree that this war was started on decent intelligence? Absolutely not. And I have said so in other discussions. Do I think that President Bush went into this headstrong with no support??? Absolutely not. The 11 nations with casualties and the 38 that offered assitance of some sort proves that.
I also feel that he needs to work on being as strong on domestic policies (beasides the economy... the numbers prove his worth there) as he is on Foreign ones.
I agree that there are too many circles being run in this thread, so I am going to end my part with this:
Once the dust clears and the fallout (for lack of a better word) has settled, (in about 50 years or so) I firmly believe that the sitting president is going to be looked on as one of the great presidents of this century, and on par with FDR. For proof, I offer:
FDR had job approval ratings at the beginning of WWII (before Pearl Harbor) very close to what President Bush has now. He was elected by a minority margin. He was thought to be very weak on domestic issues while being strong on forign policy. He had people screaming about abuses in the military (hence the commission that was headed by Eisenhower to end the corruption) and he was involved in the worst terroristic attack in the nation's history. Eventually, the economy turned around (from Depression to boom), and he served enough terms to have a Constitutional Amendment added because of him.
I also offer Ronald Reagan, who took the economy of the Carter Administration, and turned it around. He also served 2 terms as president, only the 4th Republican to ever do so... and only the 2nd to finish his term. And, even thought the Democrats were screaming and gnashing their teeth because of him, and spent NO time being kind to him or his administration, they were the first ones to denounce the movie that was made about the Reagans that was a movie of the week. Now, history is beginning to show Reagan for being the good president that he was. I believe the same will happen to Dubya.
These are just my thoughts, and I invite everyone to their own as well. Happy thinking.
Anyhow, I said I was going to end the rant.
I wish everyone a great day and an even better tomorrow.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again... http://www.cmlb.net/ringo
[This message has been edited by Ringo (05-21-2004 08:34 PM).]