If Abraham Lincoln could have held a White House press conference to explain his reasoning behind turning a war to save the Union into a war to do what is morally right, he might have lived to serve his second term. Nevertheless, his popularity polls still would have been in the toilet.
After all, in 1860 he had to move to Washington to avoid being assassinated. Even Union Republicans, in addition to the press, thought he was a crazed ideologue set on getting hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed to extend rights to slaves. A million press conferences couldn’t have helped Lincoln. And yet one of our most controversial and unpopular presidents became regarded as one of our greatest years later.
The eerie parallels between Lincoln and George W. Bush are not small. Bush and Lincoln both conducted wars that were undermined and parodied by the press; after all if the press reported the news and not their opinion of the news, they might lose their reader base, which relies on the New York Times editorial page to feed them the right opinions.
Both presidents had low “approval ratings.” It occurred to me that every Republican president with the exception of Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower has been drastically unpopular despite the landslides of 1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 2004. In 2004, Bush won by the widest margin since 1984, garnering nearly 52% of the vote. If you believed the polls, logic would demand that half of those who voted for Bush in 2004 now think he is a total moron. I doubt it. The Times uses polls of their liberal readership to prove their editorial positions.
Bush’s March 21 press conference was right out of a “Commander in Chief” episode. Liberal windbag Helen Thomas accused Bush of wanting to go to war since 2000. The President was clearly irked by her idiocy, and responded adamantly that no president wants to go to war. In yet another attempt to slam Bush, the press corps bombarded him with questions that called into question the purpose in Iraq, stating that they have no reason which they can fathom for being there. Funny thing is, I can think of about a million and one reasons to be there; most of them are in mass graves and one is on trial. Some are sitting in a scrap yard as former aircraft, and still more are probably in Syria.
Bush, in his honest fashion, said, “I’ll say it again. We would not be there if I didn’t think we could win.” Additionally, Bush asserted that his job is to protect the nation, and thus he will continue to wiretap terrorists. He encouraged Democrats to come out of the closet and be honest with the fact that they think terrorists have privacy rights.
Baffled by the President’s candor, one reporter tried to paint Bush as a closed-minded bigot, asking why he didn’t approve of gays in San Francisco getting “married.” I guess when you can’t win, you change the subject. I for one am sick and tired of seeing a clearly Christian man be misconstrued and misrepresented by people who will never understand the power of Christian faith. Rather, they paint this great President as an anti-woman, anti-choice, provincial bigot that hates people and wants nothing more than to see American GIs killed.
One only needs to look to the President’s faith-based initiatives to see his compassion for the downtrodden. Democrats, however, oppose this program. More alcoholics may become sober, become committed to Christianity (or God forbid, Catholicism), and start voting Republican. Both George W. Bush and my father are prime examples of this transformation. It is hardworking, everyday heroes like my father that keep Nancy Pelosi and her sycophantic press up at night.
A few weeks ago, CBS News told the story of a 17-year-old high school boy with autism named Justin McElwain. The boy was the manager of the school basketball team, and during the last minutes of the last game of the season, the coach put Justin in. Justin missed the first basket, but then scored three baskets in a row, all three-pointers. The crowd, needless to say, went ballistic. According to the Washington Times, the President, like every other American who saw this seemingly ordinary story, and was moved to tears. When in New York last week, Bush made it a point to meet Justin personally, congratulating him on his accomplishments and calling him and inspiration. A stupid, hateful President simply does not do such things.
What is right is not always popular, as history has shown time and time again. George W. Bush is not in Iraq to get our men and women killed, nor is he involved in a diabolical conspiracy. George W. Bush is simply doing what it is right and what is moral. He has no personal agenda behind his actions, but simply has the best interests of the country at heart. He is not imperial or out of touch, but rather he is a deeply religious man who still relies on the achievements of young men like Justin McElwain for his inspiration.
However insignificant these stories of triumph and redemption may seem, it is the classic stories of success in the face of adversity that mean the most. Whatever the liberal press, who are intent on destroying this country from the outside, says about the President, they will never come close to having the stature and courage of George W. Bush.