President Bush: One Like the Gipper?

Some on the right have lamented President Bush’s supposed failure to be the true heir to the Reagan legacy many of his supporters expected him to be when he defeated Al Gore in 2000. The left, however, perceives Bush as being just as "bad" as Reagan, and will not hesitate to hammer home that theme in the 2008 election.

For years, the American public has been subjected to the left’s attempt to rewrite the true nature of the Reagan years. We’ve been told that his vibrant economy only helped the rich. We’ve been led to believe that he turned a blind eye, a deaf ear and a cold heart to victims of AIDS. We’ve had it drummed into our heads that the Reagan ’80s did not represent "Morning in America," but racism, sexism, greed and religious extremism.

Reagan’s death in June 2004 did not stop the left from distorting his legacy; his administration is still seen by "progressives" as a damnable time in which ethnic tension, the "gender gap," and the split between the haves and the have-nots increased unabated. The same tactics used to rewrite the Reagan ’80s will also be used to reclassify the Bush ’00s.

The Bush years will be depicted as starkly and as grimly as possible; the nightly news broadcasts will likely run multi-part stories depicting the alleged devastation the Bush administration brought upon America. We will be propagandized with images of the inner-city poor, the struggling immigrants, the put-upon single mothers, the elderly retirees, and others who were supposed victims of Bush. We will be told that hunger went up and hope went down. We will see the maimed arms and legs of soldiers back from Iraq — and will hear from those veterans selected by the media to give the harshest anti-Bush statements possible. The New York Times and Washington Post will run article after article detailed the alleged rise in poverty, discrimination and environmental damage under Bush’s watch.

Those who know the score will laugh at this slanted coverage. However, these stories will not be geared to the wise, but to the gullible — those who don’t pay close attention to politics, those who probably can’t even tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. If enough gullible people can be convinced that Bush’s policies are to blame for all of the country’s problems, it will be much easier for a press-anointed Democrat to go over in November ’08.

"Progressives" are proficient at exploiting emotion. By avoiding any intellectual analysis of the Bush years, they will be able to create the fiction that the President and his party presided over eight years of mendacity and malevolence. Having successfully promoted the idea that the GOP-controlled Congress represented a "culture of corruption," they will not be delicate about their desire to distort the Bush era. So get ready for the drumbeat: the insistence that Bush reopened the 1980s social wounds that President Clinton supposedly helped to heal, the assertion that Bush restarted Reagan’s alleged effort to construct a "Christianist" theocracy, the declaration that Bush continued Reagan’s so-called "warmongering," "fearmongering" ways.

Reagan was deeply despised by the left because he was so successful in describing the intellectual limits of their arguments. In return, the left sought to portray Reagan as a blithering idiot, a religious whacko, and a reckless cowboy. It’s not a surprise that they’ve done the same to Bush over the years…and it won’t be a surprise when the left attempts to lure people into voting Democrat by asserting that Bush did as much damage to the country as Reagan supposedly did.