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Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane ^ | 2.23.04 | Mia T, John Podhoretz

Posted on 02/23/2004 8:52:57 AM PST by Mia T

Bush Country:
How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Over the past three years, liberals have been far from shy in expressing their distaste for George W. Bush. Now conservative commentator Podhoretz (Hell of a Ride) offers up a thorough defense of the president as well as a scathing attack on his most vocal detractors. Podhoretz takes a series of the more popular attacks on the president--"what he calls "crazy liberal ideas"--"and debunks them one by one. These include "Bush is a moron," "Bush is a fanatic," "Bush is Hitler" and "Bush is a liar," charges he cites as being made by some leading liberal writers: Paul Krugman, Michael Lind, Maureen Dowd and Todd Gitlin, among others. Podhoretz claims that the president is, in fact, an intelligent, savvy, principled and honest leader, who responded to the September 11 tragedy with inspiring courage and determination. Bush's presidency will be remembered as "one of the most consequential... in the nation's history." Podhoretz even claims that Bush is "the best presidential speaker" since Franklin Roosevelt. Moreover, he says, the intensity of the Bush-bashing cannot be attributed to "mere partisan rancor," but is the result of Bush's defiant and infuriating success as president. Podhoretz's book is polemical, written for a specific niche: conservative political junkies who relish cutthroat partisan politics. Considered in this light, the book is well done: provocative, witty, in-your-face and honest.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

In this riposte to Bush bashers, New York Post columnist Podhoretz takes two tacks: ridiculing the denigrators of Dubya and extolling him as a great president. Naturally, the author's red-meat sections will entertain aggrieved Bush supporters, as Podhoretz runs with journalists' or politicians' quotations to the effect that Bush is stupid, illiterate, a ventriloquist's dummy for the oil industry, too religious, out to destroy the welfare state, and a lying liar who tells lies, to paraphrase a certain apoplectic comedian. These and other accusations Podhoretz slams under chapter headings as "crazy liberal ideas" and, for good measure, questions Bush critics' logic or even mental condition. Interest in political pugilism lasts only so long, however, as every library that has weeded last month's it-book knows. Yet the spotlight on Podhoretz may linger because, when drawing breath between punches, he dwells on reasons Bush, from the technical viewpoint, has prevailed on most matters in which he has invested presidential prestige. That accent on the mechanics of Bush's strategy slightly widens Podhoretz's immediately obvious readership. Gilbert Taylor
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

"If you want to understand America, read Alexis de Tocqueville---then read John Podhoretz, who not only is one of the most perceptive journalists in today's America, but who's very funny, too. In Bush Country, Podhoretz brilliantly harpoons those pompous twits---the 'enlightened' ones, many of them journalists---'who consider themselves the most intelligent people in America.' They may, but no one else will after reading this thoughtful and provocative book."
---Bernard Goldberg, author of Bias and Arrogance: Rescuing America from the Media Elite

"Warning: If you like your politics mealymouthed---stay away! John Podhoretz has written a tough, shrewd, don't-give-an-inch defense of George W. Bush that should give the president's critics heartburn, or maybe a heart attack."
---David Frum, author of The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush

About the Author
John Podhoretz is a columnist for the New York Post, where he has been both the editorial page editor and television critic. He is also a political commentator for the Fox News Channel, a media fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a consultant on NBC's The West Wing. A cofounder of the Weekly Standard, Podhoretz has worked at U.S. News & World Report, Time, and The Washington Times, and served as a speechwriter for President Reagan. His first book, Hell of a Ride, was a scathing portrait of the first Bush presidency. He lives with his wife, Ayala, in New York City.

Book Description
In this rousing, persuasive, and hugely entertaining book, John Podhoretz says that George W. Bush has earned a place in the pantheon of great American chief executives---and shows in one amazing detail after another how Bush's success has driven some of his critics into a pathological frenzy.

Podhoretz is the first to acknowledge that the odds were stacked against Dubya, the inexperienced Texas governor who took up residence in the White House lacking an electoral majority, dogged by widely publicized verbal mishaps, and widely viewed by the American elite as a lightweight.

But to the delight of his friends and the teeth-gnashing frustration of liberals, George W. Bush has proven himself an immensely effective president. Throughout his three years in the White House, as Podhoretz explains, Dubya has outsmarted, out-maneuvered, out-articulated, and outshone adversaries and critics. Steeled by the tragedy of September 11, the new president took a nation more obsessed with reality television than with the reality of international terrorism and girded it for the long struggle that lay ahead. He has presided over two major military campaigns to stunning success, initiated tax cuts whose dimensions have awed critics and fans alike, and brought his party into the twenty-first century. He has been resourceful, disciplined, and independent-minded---so much so that he was able to reject his own father's governing style as president to find his own voice and his own place in history.

Bush hasn't hoarded his political capital, but has used it in bold and unexpected ways. Instead of bowing to conventional wisdom and carving out a centrist position, he has remained true to his ideological roots. Instead of deferring to established Beltway thinking, he has done what he thinks is best for America and the world. As Bush has grown more presidential, the criticisms of him have grown more intense---and, in Podhoretz's view, crazier and crazier. In a series of short chapters, Podhoretz takes a rhetorical scalpel to eight of the wildest caricatures of Bush and leaves them in hilarious shreds.

In a season of broadsides being fired from both sides of the aisle, here is a book that distinguishes itself by the force of its arguments and the ringing clarity of its thought. Impassioned, insightful, and convincing, Bush Country is an analysis of a presidency gone right and a celebration of a man who has already earned his place in history.



BUSH: "I will not wait on events, while dangers gather."


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President's Remarks
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This country has many challenges. We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents, and other generations. (Applause.) We will confront them with focus and clarity and courage...

Sending Americans into battle is the most profound decision a President can make. The technologies of war have changed; the risks and suffering of war have not. For the brave Americans who bear the risk, no victory is free from sorrow. This nation fights reluctantly, because we know the cost and we dread the days of mourning that always come.

We seek peace. We strive for peace. And sometimes peace must be defended. A future lived at the mercy of terrible threats is no peace at all. If war is forced upon us, we will fight in a just cause and by just means -- sparing, in every way we can, the innocent. And if war is forced upon us, we will fight with the full force and might of the United States military -- and we will prevail. (Applause.)

State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush

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1 posted on 02/23/2004 8:53:07 AM PST by Mia T
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To: Mia T
Jeeeezzzzzuuuuussss. How long did it take to type in all those keywords?????
2 posted on 02/23/2004 9:00:51 AM PST by RetiredArmy (We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way! Toby Keith)
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To: WorkingClassFilth; jla; Gail Wynand; Brian Allen; Lonesome in Massachussets; thesummerwind; ...
one insane liberalping

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On White House Intimidation

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L'Etat, c'est moi! (Iowa parsed)

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3 posted on 02/23/2004 9:20:22 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Mia T

Presidency of George W. Bush -- the first 37 months


Banned Partial Birth Abortion

Reversed Clinton's move to strike Reagan's anti-abortion Mexico Policy

Killed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty

Killed U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court

Killed Clinton's CO2 rules that were choking off all of the electricity surplus to California.

Killed Clinton's "ergonomic" rules that OSHA was about to implement; rules that would have shut down every home business in America.

Killed the U.S. - CCCP ABM Treaty that was preventing the U.S. from deploying our ABM defenses

Has CONSTRUCTION in process on the first ten ABM silos in Alaska and California so that America has a defense against North Korean nukes


Pushed through THREE raises for our military.

Increased Defense Dept funding which had deteriorated during the previous 8 years


President Bush's Grand Strategy

Stopped foreign aid that would be used to fund abortions.

Supported and upheld the ban on abortions at military hospitals

Signed E.O. reversing Clinton's policy of not requiring parental consent for abortions under the Medical Privacy Act

Signed TWO bills into law that arm our pilots with handguns in the cockpit

Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national gun manufacturers

Ordered Attorney-General Ashcroft to formally notify the Supreme Court that the OFFICIAL U.S. government position on the 2nd Amendment is that it supports INDIVIDUAL rights to own firearms, NOT a leftist-imagined *collective* right

Told the United Nations we weren't interested in their plans for gun control (i.e. the International Ban on Small Arms Trafficking Treaty)

Signed the 2004 Omnibus Budget 1/26/2004 that now MANDATES that gun buyers' background check information be fully and permanently destroyed within 24 hours of the completion of the check, no matter what.

Disarmed Libya of its Chemical, Nuclear, and biological WMD's without bribes or bloodshed

Won an agreement that U.S. Navy sailors may now freely board thousands of commercial ships in international waters to search for weapons of mass destruction under a landmark pact between the United States and Liberia, the world's No. 2 shipping registry (signed Feb 11, 2004).

Successfully executed 2 wars: Afghanistan and Iraq. 50 million people who had lived under tyrannical regimes now live in freedom


Executed a WAR ON TERROR by getting world-wide cooperation to track funds/terrorists (has cut off much of the terrorist's funding and captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network)


Brought back our EP-3 intel plane and crew from China without any bribes or bloodshed

Started withdrawing our troops from Bosnia and has announced withdrawal of our troops from Germany and the Korean DMZ.

Signed the LARGEST nuclear arms reduction in world history with Russia

Initiated comprehensive review of our military, which was completed just prior to 9/11/01, accurately reported that ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE was critical.

Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to the Presidency

Reorganized bureaucracy...after 9/11, condensed 20+ overlapping agencies and their intelligence sectors into one agency: the Department of Homeland Security.

Initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual investment accounts.

Improving govt. efficiency with .8 million jobs put up for bid...weakening unions and cutting undeserved pay raises. Wants merit based promotions/raises only.

Orchestrated Republican control of the White House, the House AND the Senate.

Killed the liberal ABA's role in vetting federal judges for Congress.

GWB signed an executive order enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision (re: union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's wishes)

Turned around an inherited economy that was in recession.

Passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account as a result of corporate scandals.

Signed 2 income tax cuts ---- 1 of which was the largest Dollar value tax cut in world history

Reduced taxes on dividends and capital gains

In process of eliminating IRS marriage penalty.

Increased small business incentives to expand and to hire new people

Signed into law the No Child Left Behind legislation delivering the most dramatic education reforms in a generation (challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations)

Reorganized the INS in an attempt to safeguard the borders and ports of America and to eliminate bureaucratic redundancies and lack of accountability.

Signed trade promotion authority

Committed US funds to purchase medicine for millions of men and women and children now suffering with AIDS in Africa

Passed Medicare Reform (authorized $39.5 Billion per year for preventive medicine such as drugs and doctor visits as well as included a ten year Privatization option)

Urging federal liability reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits

Supports class action reform bill which limits lawyer fees so that more settlement money goes to victims

Submitted comprehensive Energy Plan--awaits Congressional action (works to develop cleaner technology, produce more natural gas here at home, make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy, improve national grid, etc.)

Endorses and promotes The Responsibility Era ("In a compassionate society, people respect one another and take responsibility for the decisions they make in life. My hope is to change the culture from one that has said, if it feels good, do it; if you've got a problem, blame somebody else -- to one in which every single American understands that he or she are responsible for the decisions that you make; you're responsible for loving your children with all your heart and all your soul; you're responsible for being involved with the quality of the education of your children; you're responsible for making sure the community in which you live is safe; you're responsible for loving your neighbor, just like you would like to be loved yourself. " -----this quote was too good to leave out)

Started the USA Freedom Corps

Initiated review of all federal agencies with a goal to eliminate federal jobs (completed September 2003) in an effort to reduce the size of federal gov while increasing private sector jobs.

Part of coalition (Russia, Israel, EU, Palestine, USA) for Israeli/Palestinian "Roadmap to Peace"

Challenged the United Nations to live up to their responsibilities and not become The League of Nations ( in other words, completely irrelevant)

Nominated strong, conservative judges to the judiciary.

Changed parts of the Forestry Management Act to allow necessary clean-up of the national forests in order to reduce fire danger.

As part of the national forests clean-up, the President restricted judicial challenges (based on the Endangered Species Act and other challenges) and removed the need for an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) before removing fuels/logging to reduce fire danger.

Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.

President Bush signed the workplace verification bill to prevent hiring of illegal Aliens
S. 1685, the Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2003, was signed by President Bush on December 3, 2003.
It extends for five years the workplace employment eligibility authorization pilot programs created in 1996. It expands the pilot programs from the original five states to all 50 states.

President Bush signing a federal ban on Partial Birth Abortion

U.S. Forces In Baghdad

4 posted on 02/23/2004 9:27:29 AM PST by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Mia T
Thanks for the article, Mia T:-) I don't consider them liberals anymore. I consider them as part of our enemies.
5 posted on 02/23/2004 11:16:04 AM PST by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: Mia T
I thank G-d for you, Mia T!

For your genius.

For your talent.

And that you are on my side.

And on the side of my America!

Blessings -- Brian

6 posted on 02/23/2004 12:18:37 PM PST by Brian Allen ("He who dares not offend cannot be honest." - Thomas Paine)
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To: Mia T
"Podhoretz even claims that Bush is "the best presidential speaker" since Franklin Roosevelt."

And immediately loses all credibility.
Much as I like Dubya, I'll freely admit he's not in the same class, rhetoric-wise, as Ronald Reagan.

Not that there's much to be ashamed of there; very very few are.

7 posted on 02/23/2004 12:44:47 PM PST by Redbob
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To: Mia T; Mudboy Slim
bttt for later.
Thanks, Mud !

8 posted on 02/23/2004 1:30:21 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: Mia T
>>Ordered Attorney-General Ashcroft to formally notify the Supreme Court that ... the 2nd Amendment .. supports INDIVIDUAL rights to own firearms, NOT a leftist-imagined *collective* right

I forgot about that one....
9 posted on 02/23/2004 2:44:31 PM PST by The Raven
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To: MeekOneGOP
De nada...a new Mia T creation is always worthy of a heads up...MUD
10 posted on 02/23/2004 3:05:50 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Osama bil Clinton!!)
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To: Defender2
I don't consider them liberals anymore. I consider them as part of our enemies.


Having different ideas about what will help make and keep this country great does not make one an "enemy." The enemy is the people who flew airplanes into the WTC and Pentagon. Enemies are people who do what they can to see this great nation crumble and fail.

You may not like Democrats and their ideas about politics and government. That does not make them evil or the enemies of America. Calling them such will do nothing to further political debate in this country. It stifles it. It encourages people to just make broad statements and generalizations about people different from them, and that does nothing for this country.

Liberals and democrats have the same overall goals as we do. They want America to prosper and be strong. We just disagree and how that will happen and what must be done for it to happen. They are not our enemies, they are are brethren. They are our brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers. Again, they are NOT our enemies.
11 posted on 02/23/2004 3:15:46 PM PST by NoLongerLurking (logic and thought will set you free)
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To: NoLongerLurking
You are deluded. Facts show democrats don't care about our national security. They are not to be trusted with power.
12 posted on 02/23/2004 3:23:57 PM PST by BobS
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To: BobS
No. Democrats care about national security. From what I have experienced the average Democrat cares about national security just as much as the average Republican. They just have different ideas on how it is achieved. Just like with every other political issue. Different ideas does not make one wrong in any argument.
13 posted on 02/23/2004 3:30:30 PM PST by NoLongerLurking (logic and thought will set you free)
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To: NoLongerLurking
Excuse me then. VOTING democrats do not care about this country staying alive.
14 posted on 02/23/2004 3:46:17 PM PST by BobS
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To: Redbob
Much as I like Dubya, I'll freely admit he's not in the same class, rhetoric-wise, as Ronald Reagan... Not that there's much to be ashamed of there; very very few are.

Can't argue with a thing you've stated here, Redbob.
President Bush does very well, like RR, when he's spontaneous, miscues and all. Real America doesn't mind Dubya mispronouncing words or committing other 'grammar crimes', heck we all do it all the time.
That's what makes him honest in the eyes of the so many. He isn't spit-shined & buffed like the run-of-the-mill politician.
And most importantly, Dubya, like RR, is humble before the Creator. If either ever lied, they knew it wouldn't go unnoticed.
And I think this intrinsic honesty shows thru to many people.

Presidents Reagan & Geo. W. Bush leave no doubt as to their devotion to God.
Liberals, true liberals, never have, and never will, understand this.
But they will always scorn & ridicule it.

15 posted on 02/23/2004 3:49:17 PM PST by jla
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To: NoLongerLurking
I've watched the demoCommiecRATS in action for years!!!! They consistently side with our enemies!!!! I consider the demoCommiecRATS as part of our enemies!!!! If you do not like that, tough cookies!!!!
16 posted on 02/23/2004 3:55:03 PM PST by Defender2 (Defending Our Bill of Rights, Our Constitution, Our Country and Our Freedom!!!!)
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To: Southack
Started withdrawing our troops from Bosnia

Which Billy Jeff had promised to be out by Christmas 1994

17 posted on 02/23/2004 3:59:42 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Mia T
Hey! What on earth are you doing posting something positive about President Bush on this website?!

I want something more whiny! Something about how you plan on staying home and admiting defeat to the Democrats because you're a true conservative!

Pfft!!! RINO!

< /sarcasm>
18 posted on 02/23/2004 4:02:53 PM PST by Tempest (Sigh.. ....)
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To: BobS; NoLongerLurking
VOTING democrats liberals do not care about this country staying alive.

I think you two just have a nomenclature snag here.

Bob, you seem to mistakenly group all Dems together, where NLL is pointing out the line of demarcatrion between a respectable Dem, (Zell MIller), and a liberal, (Teddy Kennedy).

19 posted on 02/23/2004 4:03:23 PM PST by jla
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20 posted on 02/23/2004 4:04:46 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Luk17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea)
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