I urge you to read this article just written for History News Network. 61% of historians responding to a survey rate G.W. Bush’s presidency as a failure.
Here’s portion of some of the historians’ responses (as presented by writer Robert S. McElvaine):
“No individual president can compare to the second Bush,” wrote one (historian). “Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world’s goodwill. In short, no other president’s faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large.”
“With his unprovoked and disastrous war of aggression in Iraq and his monstrous deficits, Bush has set this country on a course that will take decades to correct,” said another historian. “When future historians look back to identify the moment at which the United States began to lose its position of world leadership, they will point—rightly—to the Bush presidency. Thanks to his policies, it is now easy to see America losing out to its competitors in any number of area: China is rapidly becoming the manufacturing powerhouse of the next century, India the high tech and services leader, and Europe the region with the best quality of life.”
Of course with all this attack on Saint Bush (one of my close friends, believe it or not, considers him a saint), his allies out there must chime in with informative comments:
All you liberals think the same. With all your books, you don’t recognize a great leader when you see one. Iraq War is making the country safer because Ben Ladin and the other are there like hornets. And they would be here if not for the war. Sure some people die, but it’s war, dummy. Saddam Insane attacked us on 911 and now you guys want to coddle him and read him his rights. I am not rich, but I know that God made Bush president for a reason, and that is to make the country better for us. You guys are just mad that you didn’t get elected and didn’t win. I still have my W sticker on my bumper.
Whew! That comment will take about a week to complete flush out all the insanity in it. I feel like I’ve got to take medication before reading it.