I have had my differences with George W, large and small. I am listening to Bush's farewell speech and this is a sad moment. Sad for so many reasons but primarily because Bush is the last American president. He is a patriot, he loved America but he left the left beat him up and beat him down.
I believe he always acted with the country's best interest in mind despite his inability to understand who the enemy is, and the scope of their numbers -- still referring to Islamic jihad as a small band of fanatics.
It was refreshing to hear him say that evil exists in the world - and that the battle between good and evil is real "even if there are people that don't like when you say that". He did say "America must maintain our moral clarity. I've often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two of them there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere." ... the only newsworthy quote. Right.
I am remiss in not pointing out this dunderhead remark,"The battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle between
two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band of fanatics
demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology, condemns women to
subservience and marks unbelievers for murder." A small band? Wrong.
We do not have a President-elect that loves this country, or one that grew up in America, that cherishes the constitution, that plays it straight. The President elect is an internationalist, not an America firster. So it is indeed the end of an era, the American era (at least in so far as American politics go).
Romulus Augustulus Bush