Either I’m Crazy Or Democrats love George W. Bush. It explains the Democratic establishment’s support of Hillary Clinton. The true story this election cycle should not be the ridiculousness on the GOP side, but that the Democratic Party is going to nominate, in Hillary Clinton, a candidate who firmly supported and outwardly advocated for all of George W. Bush’s signature policies that constitute his legacy: the Iraq War, the PATRIOT Act, No Child Left Behind and enhanced interrogation techniques. The only logical conclusion is that Democratic voters love George W. Bush, dearly miss him, and see in Hillary Clinton the chance to resurrect his presidency.
Here are two quotes: “Every nation has to either be with us, or against us” and “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” One of those is by Clinton and the other Bush. It is irrelevant who said which because Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush have the same neoconservative foreign policy. They both believe in the use of preemptive military force even in the absence of any vital US interest.
There has not been a war that Hillary has not liked (What Hillary Clinton Wants You to Forget: Her Disastrous Record as a War Hawk). Not only did she vote for the Iraq War, in her Senate speech prior to the vote, she used the Bush / Cheney tactic of intentionally and erroneously conflating 9/11 with Saddam Hussein.
And while the Iraq War has been an unmitigated tragedy, even her apology for her vote is filled with the inaccuracy that she read the intelligence reports on Iraq prior to voting to authorize force. Hardly sincere. It is plausible that she is not sorry she actually supported the war other than it cost her the nomination to Barack Obama in 2008.
Case in point is that she has not learned any lessons from the Iraq War. Lessons that are clear. Instead, she has continued to pursue the use of force. She wanted to send 40,000 additional troops to Afghanistan (no military solution to Afghanistan), gleefully lobbied for the overthrow of Gaddafi (Libya is now a failed state) and also pushed to overthrow Assad in Syria (the only entity preventing all of Syria from being controlled by ISIS).
While President Obama has tried to / pretended to craft a policy of relative reluctance to use force, especially in the Middle East, Hillary will be sure to undo this. Just like George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton will use force first and common sense later (The Left Ought to Worry About Hilllary Clinton, Hawk and Militarist). Beyond military follies abroad, Hillary Clinton also supported George W. Bush domestically.
You should be familiar with the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act). George Orwell would be proud of that name. And Democratic voters who love Bush are also apparently proud of Hillary’s support of it.
Hillary Clinton also voted to enact Bush’s No Child Left Behind, his signature education policy that resulted in more federal government oversight of education and an increased focus on standardized tests.
George W. Bush is also fondly remembered for his use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Some countries call them torture. Hillary, as usual, supported Bush’s torture and has said “I think the president has to take responsibility. There has to be some check and balance, some reporting. I don’t mind if it’s reporting in a top secret context.” In other words, torture is fine as long as it is kept a secret.
While Hillary touts herself as a Progressive Democrat, her record, at best, makes her a Retroactive Democrat. Her initial positions are that of George W. Bush. She supported his main legacy positions. Her tendencies are Republican. When she answers the phone at 3 a.m., she will answer it as a Republican.
Progressives, at some point, have to lead, not evolve / change their mind on every position of substance to the Democratic Party.
If Democrats do not love George W. Bush and do not hope to see Hillary Clinton resurrect his policies, they would be supporting Bernie Sanders instead. He voted against the Iraq War, against the PATRIOT Act, against NCLB and has unequivocally rejected torture. That is the true mark of a Progressive. Heck, either I’m crazy or that is the true mark of a Democrat.
Despite polling that shows that Democrats consider Bush as one of the worst presidents in modern times, there seems to be no aversion to his actual policies. Deep down, Democrats must love George W. Bush.
Or perhaps Hillary supporting Democrats just believe that she was lying all those times she supported Bush. And deep down she is not a poor decision maker on both domestic and foreign policy. And deep down she is not a war hawk with Republican tendencies.
I’m sure the Hillary / Bush supporters recognize this quote: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
Well Hillary supporters, you are about to be fooled again. Go Bush 2016.
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