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The Problem with Socks by Barbara Bush

Bush 41 with Cheerleaders

By Gary P Jackson

Say what you will, President George H W Bush and his wife Barbara make a great couple. This is a fun little “tribute” from Barbara to the President’s love for colorful socks!

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Bush 41 Takes Jeb to the Woodshed Over His Idiotic Statement About Reagan and the GOP

By Gary P Jackson

I talked yesterday at length about Jeb Bush’s ridiculous comment that Ronald Reagan wouldn’t be welcomed in Today’s GOP. I also pointed out that it was Jebbie, not Conservatives, who, in 2009, announced that it was time to move past the era of Reagan,

Yesterday former President Bush rejected the idea. In his usual low key manner he told CNN:

(CNN) – A day after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his father, George H.W. Bush, wouldn’t find a place in today’s Republican Party, the former president pushed back at the idea.

I know what he’s getting at, but I don’t think it would be difficult,” Bush said, while answering a reporter’s question on Tuesday in Kennebunkport, Maine.
While he suggested he had more to say, he was ushered away in his wheelchair by escorts.

Obviously Jebbie got an earful from many, as CNN also reports:

Earlier Tuesday, the former governor clarified his remarks on Twitter.

The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault,” Bush wrote, adding in a separate Tweet: “Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines. #ContextIsImportant.

Typical liberal Republican. Just like liberal democrats, Jeb can’t bring himself to tell it straight. He has to assign some sort of moral equivalence and blame “both sides.” The liberal mind can’t really tell right from wrong, so it’s easier to just blame everybody.

Jeb Bush is typical of what we Conservatives are fighting against. They are a bigger threat to Liberty and Freedom than the democrats! Why do I say this? Well, we know what democrats are. The whole country knows what they are. The country also thinks they know what a Republican is, and what they stand for. Sadly, people like Jeb ruin the brand. They also give the democrats plenty of ammunition to use against Conservatives.

It’s GOP clowns like Jeb Bush that make it hard to elect Common Sense Conservatives, and bring sanity and much needed reforms to government. Jeb makes it far to easy for the democrats to push the notion that Conservatives are “extreme.”

Once again, my message to Jebbie and the rest of the GOP Elites is: “We’re just not that into you!”

Rather than reject Ronald Reagan, as Jeb himself has, we all wish he was still with us. His spirit lives inside us though, and inspires us all.

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The Mitt H.W. Bush Problem

Arrogance, hostility to conservatives sank the moderate president elected as Reagan’s heir.

By Gary P Jackson

Jeffrey Lord was Ronald Reagan’s political director, and had a good view from the inside. He’s written a cautionary tale of what might happen with Mitt Romney if he doesn’t embrace Conservative principles, and do it right now:

I want a kinder, and gentler nation.” — Vice President George H.W. Bush accepting the 1988 Republican presidential nomination

Kinder and gentler than whom?” — First Lady Nancy Reagan on learning of Bush’s line

There was an uneasiness right from the start.

But with the help of a lot of people — conservatives — Ronald Reagan’s vice president, George Herbert Walker Bush, successfully convinced Republicans that he was in fact Ronald Reagan’s philosophical and political heir.

With ex-Reagan aide Lee Atwater running the Bush campaign, Bush tore into his liberal opponent, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.

The stunned liberal media was agog, then furious.

There was Bush visiting a flag factory to emphasize his support of the pledge of allegiance — which his opponent opposed. There was Bush in the polluted Boston Harbor — Dukakis’s back yard! — exposing the liberal “environmentalist” as having a poor environmental record. Then there was Willie Horton… the issue of a convicted murderer given a weekend furlough by Dukakis. Horton never returned, instead showing up in Maryland where he raped a woman, committing armed robbery and assault (of the woman’s fiancé) in the bargain. No less than Dukakis primary opponent Senator Al Gore had tried to surface this issue, but it went nowhere among liberals. Bush jumped on it.

By the end of the campaign, stunned liberals watched Dukakis, once leading Bush by 17 points, lose 40 states and capture only 45 percent of the vote.

The Bush era began.

And immediately got off track.

Wrote Steven F. Hayward of the Reagan to Bush transition in The Age of Reagan:

But the first order of business for the Bush transition was turning out all of the Reaganites as quickly as possible. It was said of Bush appointees that, unlike Reaganites, they had mortgages rather than ideologies.

Paul Weyrich said that he had always feared that the election of Bush meant the arrival of “country club Republicans who couldn’t wait for the end of the Reagan administration.” (Secretary of State) George Shultz’s top aide at the State Department, Charles Hill, recalled, “It was suddenly clear that this would be an adversarial transition. The new people were not friendly. The signals were: get out of here as fast as you can.” Newt Gingrich cautioned, “We are not Bush’s movement.

The tone was set. And it quickly got worse.

On a visit to the Bush White House sometime after the inauguration, wearing Reagan presidential cufflinks, I was told in a whisper that anything reminding of Reagan was verboten with the new crowd. Except of course, the “new” crowd was really the “old” crowd — Reagan’s vice president’s crowd — that had sworn allegiance to conservative principles in the 1988 campaign. Now? Problems. It was becoming more apparent by the day that conservatism seemed to be a political fashion, not a set of principles. “This isn’t the Reagan White House anymore,” growled a Bush aide to the New York Times at reports restive conservatives were already starting to stir, “it’s the Bush White House.

Reagan’s White House political director and 1984 campaign manager Ed Rollins later wrote of a conversation he had with then-Vice President Bush about the 1986 Reagan tax cuts.

On one occasion Rollins was the guest at a dinner given by the Bushes at the Naval Observatory, the official vice-presidential residence. At one point the two men were standing on the porch of the residence discussing the Reagan program. Wrote Rollins:

Then our conversation turned to the tax bill working a tortured path through Congress.
I don’t think this tax thing is such a good idea,” Bush confided. “What do you make of it?

Rollins was dumbfounded. The Reagan tax cuts were the centerpiece of the conservative economic program. Rollins was understated in his astonished reply:

I think it’s pretty important to the president.

Replied the Vice President:

But he’s gonna pay a heavy price for all this. I think we need more revenue, not less.

An astonished Rollins would later write:

It was a fleeting though telling insight into the psyche of the man who would probably be the next president… signaling that he didn’t agree with Reagan’s desire to lower tax rates. 

Now, mind you, this conversation took place as the Reagan tax cuts of 1986 were front and center on the agenda. They would later pass, continuing to build on the tax and budget cuts of 1981 and providing some 21 million jobs in the Reagan era.

Two years later, George H.W. Bush stood in front of the 1988 Republican National Convention and said:

And I’m the one who will not raise taxes. My opponent, my opponent now says, my opponent now says, he’ll raise them as a last resort, or a third resort. But when a politician talks like that, you know that’s one resort he’ll be checking into. My opponent won’t rule out raising taxes. But I will. And the Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push again, and I’ll say, to them, ‘Read my lips: no new taxes.‘”

Let’s move the story ahead one year from that moment.

It is now 1989. And Ed Rollins is Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) — the political arm of House Republicans. The latter, in 1989, still in the minority in the House.

He attends a political dinner in Washington, a dinner at which now-President Bush’s pollster, Bob Teeter, is present. Says Teeter:

How long do we have to hold the tax pledge? Can we give it up this year?

Rollins was incredulous. George H.W. Bush was now president. To get to the White House he had run a campaign highlighting himself as Reagan’s vice president, the heir of the Reagan Revolution. He had won. Now, suddenly, here was the same thought-process Rollins had witnessed that long-ago night on the porch of the vice-presidential residence with Bush himself.

Rollins replied:

What do you mean give it up?

Teeter:

Darman [Budget Director Dick Darman, a longtime Bush ally and moderate] says the numbers won’t work.

Rollins, even more incredulous:

You’re going to get killed. This is the most sacred pledge he [Bush] made. If you raise taxes in this term, he can kiss his ass away in ’92, and he’s going to take a bunch of House members with him.

Rollins’ protest not to abandon a core conservative principle went unheeded.

In September of 1990, President Bush broke his “read my lips” pledge. In a stroke the Republican Party was divided. Party elders backed the President — young Congressman Newt Gingrich led more than a 100 House Republicans in opposition.

By 1992, President Bush had drawn a primary challenge from conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, Buchanan winning about 40 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. The New York Times described the results as a “roar of anger” from within his own party to Bush. By year’s end, just as Rollins had predicted, the abandonment of conservative principle by Bush had bluntly terminated the Bush presidency. The President who had poll numbers as high as 90 percent in the wake of the Gulf War barely scraped together 37 percent of the vote.

What’s the lesson here for the Romney campaign?

What killed the Bush 41 presidency?

From the day after the 1988 election, the Bush forces began constructing a presidency not based on conservative principle but rather the personality of the president. Loyalty is one of the best of human qualities. Yet when it came to governing, the Bush team put the emphasis on loyalty to a personality over loyalty to principle.

Hence the Romney problem.

Lord has a lot more to say, and goes into great detail of what Romney must do to avoid Bush 41’s fate. This is a must read. Go here.

There are many problems with Romney, from a Conservative’s perspective. It’s not that Mitt isn’t a nice guy, or a decent family man. In fact there are plenty of stories out there of Mitt saving the lives of perfect strangers as well as helping close friends in time of real need. He’s got a great family and a wonderful hard working wife. Mitt, the guy, isn’t the problem. Mitt the politician, however, is.

Mitt’s a well known human windsock. He tends to blow with the wind. Now I can say this, having studied Mitt’s record, he seems to have been blowing in the right direction since he left office as governor. He seems to be more Conservative now than he was then.

Is it real?

Who knows?

And that’s the problem.

Look, we all grow. As we age we [hopefully] also gain wisdom. It’s common for intelligent people to be a little more liberal in their youth, and become more Conservative as they grow older and interact with the real world. Romney, not being a lifelong politician, may have taken longer to get it right. Or it could all be an act. This is the real problem, no one knows for sure.

I’d like to believe Romney has seen the light. I’d like to, but still have lots of doubts. Again, I think Romney is a decent fellow, but he surrounds himself with people who are openly hostile to Conservatives and Conservatism. I don’t care how great a leader is, those who surround them will influence them. And Romney has a lot of bad influence hanging around with him.

It’s pretty much a given that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. Rick Santorum is out and he had the best shot at beating Romney, and was still getting crushed. The remaining candidates, Newt and Ron Paul have no shot whatsoever. Newt is millions in debt, with no major backing coming to the rescue, and Ron Paul, is well, Ron Paul.

Beating Barack Obama is a must. It’s a generation later and we are still cleaning up the messes Jimmy Carter made. Barack Obama is much more destructive. We may never repair all of the damage he’s already caused. I’m not sure America can survive another four years.

I know a lot of folks hold out hope for a brokered convention, and some sort of miracle. I’d love to see it myself, but I know there is little to no chance of that happening, and even if it did, Mitt Romney is so far ahead in the delegate count, he’d likely be triumphant in the end.

So what do we, as Conservatives, do? We must beat Obama, that’s job one, but we are doing do it by nominating someone who doesn’t share all of our values, and is going to be weak against some of the attacks Obama and his media allies are going to throw at him.

My advice is to hold Mitt’s feet to the fire. Make him understand, and understand well, that if he wants our support, he must prove that he’ll govern as a Reagan Conservative, and not a Bush moderate. We’ve had all of the “compassionate conservatism” that we can stand.

We can do this in two ways. Obviously showing up at Romney rallies and making our voices heard is key. The other is making damned sure we elect solid Conservatives to the House and Senate this November. It’s vital that we elect as many Conservatives as possible. It’s vital that we make sure these Conservatives then demand a shift in the leadership in both the House and Senate, reflecting a more Conservative legislature. The current Republican Senate Leader, and Speaker of the House, must go. They are not equipped to do battle.

We are in the fight of our lives, and we simply cannot lose. If we lose, America, as we know it, is finished.

We have our work cut out for us.

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Libyan Rebels Pleading For Help From President …. Bush!

Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes,” shouted soldier-turned-rebel Nasr Ali, referring to a no-fly zone imposed on Iraq in 1991 by then U.S. President George Bush.

By Gary P Jackson

Just how pathetic is Obama’s leadership? The Libyans, who are being murdered by Gaddafi, are asking for for President Bush to intervene. And no, not W, but his father, George H.W. Bush!

Sarah Palin has also called for a no-fly zone, to keep Gaddafi’s war planes from bombing the Libyan people.

Things have gotten worse. Gaddafi has now bombed the oil fields, which rebels had captured. From Reuters:

L-UQAYLA, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi struck at rebel control of a key Libyan coastal road for a second day Thursday but received a warning he would be held to account at The Hague for suspected crimes by his security forces.

Venezuela said Gaddafi had agreed to its proposal for an international commission to negotiate an end to the turmoil in the world’s 12th largest oil exporting nation.

But a leader of the uprising against Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule rejected any proposal for talks with the veteran leader.

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France and Britain would support the idea of setting up a no-fly zone over Libya if Gaddafi’s forces continued to attack civilians.

The uprising, the bloodiest yet against long-serving rulers in the Middle East and North Africa, has torn through the OPEC-member country and knocked out nearly 50 percent of its 1.6 million barrels per day output, the bedrock of Libya’s economy.

In Libya’s east, the site of a struggle for control of a strategically vital Mediterranean coastal road and oil industry facilities, witnesses said a warplane for a second day bombed the oil terminal town Brega, 800 km (500 miles) east of Tripoli.

Warplanes also launched two raids against the nearby rebel-held town of Ajbadiya, witnesses said.

Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, said the bombing of Brega was intended to scare off militia fighters and gain control of oil installations.

First of all the bombs (were) just to frighten them to go away,” he told Britain’s Sky News. “Not to frighten them.”

But on the ground, events appeared to turn against Gaddafi, as rebels spearheading the unprecedented popular revolt pushed their frontline against government loyalists west of Brega, where they had repulsed an attack a day earlier.

The opposition fighters said troops loyal to Gaddafi had been driven back to Ras Lanuf, home to another major oil terminal and 600 km (375 miles) east of Tripoli.

They also said they had captured a group of mercenaries.

In an angry scene at al-Uqayla, east of Ras Lanuf, a rebel shouted inches from the face of a captured young African and alleged mercenary: “You were carrying guns, yes or no? You were with Gaddafi’s brigades yes or no?

The silent youth was shoved onto his knees into the dirt. A man held a pistol close to the boy’s face before a reporter protested and told the man that the rebels were not judges.

In The Hague, International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Gaddafi and members of his inner circle, including some of his sons, could be investigated for alleged crimes committed since the uprising broke out in mid-February.

ARREST WARRANTS

He said a request for arrest warrants over Libya could be made in a few months time.

We have identified some individuals in the de facto or former authority who have authority over the security forces who allegedly committed the crimes,” Moreno-Ocampo said.

They are Muammar Gaddafi, his inner circle including some of his sons, who had this de facto authority. There are also some people with formal authority who should pay attention to crimes committed by their people.

Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim told BBC Radio the news from The Hague was “close to a joke.

No fact-finding mission has been sent to Libya. No diplomats, no ministers, no NGOs or organizations of any type were sent to Libya to check the facts … No one can be sent to prison based on media reports,” he said.

As the struggle on the ground intensified, a spokesman for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a Gaddafi ally, said the Libyan government had accepted a plan by Venezuela to seek a negotiated solution to the conflict in the North African country,

Information Minister Andres Izarra also confirmed the Arab League had shown interest in the Chavez plan to send an international commission to talk with both sides in Libya

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said earlier that the plan was under consideration. Moussa said he himself had not agreed to it and did not know whether Gaddafi had done so.

Oil fell on news of the plan. Brent crude fell more than $3 to $113.09 per barrel as investors eyed a possible deal brokered by Chavez. It later edged up to $114.78.

Chavez’s plan would involve a commission from Latin America, Europe and the Middle East trying to reach a negotiated outcome between the Libyan leader and rebel forces.

Al Jazeera said the chairman of the rebels’ National Libyan Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, rejected any talks with Gaddafi.

The rebels, armed with rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns and tanks, called Wednesday for U.N.-backed air strikes on foreign mercenaries it said were fighting for Gaddafi.

Opposition activists called for a no-fly zone, echoing a demand by Libya’s deputy U.N. envoy, who now opposes Gaddafi.

Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes,” shouted soldier-turned-rebel Nasr Ali, referring to a no-fly zone imposed on Iraq in 1991 by then U.S. President George Bush.

Read the full report here.

You know you’re an ineffective leader when Hugo Chavez is the one taking the lead in your absence.

Establishing a no-fly zone won’t be a simple task. First, Libya has some sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems they’ve obtained from Russia. These are mobile units, and hard to track. They must be taken out along with radar installations before sending in allied aircraft. It will also mean multiple aircraft carriers, land bases, and support personnel.

With that said, establishing a no-fly is a must to prevent the slaughter of the Libyan people. While Obama dithers, the world is in real crisis and looking for the leadership that America has always provided. Obama is voting “present” yet again.

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President George W Bush Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch At World Series

By Gary P Jackson

Presidents Bush 41 and Bush 43 go to the mound and George W Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 4 of the World Series in Arlington, Texas.

No “mom jeans” needed.

Nolan Ryan caught the ball.

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Among Her Peers

By Gary P Jackson

We love the guys over at HillBuzz. They are some of the most passionate and creative activists in the Conservative movement. Their commitment to returning America to it’s greatness is inspiring, and their support of Sarah Palin knows no bounds.

Their latest effort is simply wonderful. With some creative work by Chrissy the Hyphenated, an old favorite has been updated, with Sarah Palin standing among her peers, Republican Presidents of the United States.

Seen along with Sarah are: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

Though not the President today, odds are she will be joining these men in that capacity real soon.

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