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May 14, 2013

"Occasionally, I miss the Bush years."

Not because I’m a “compassionate conservative” or because I have a hawkish foreign policy outlook, or even because I miss the leader of the free world routinely asking after my lunch plans (and the lunch plans of everyone in a large crowd).

I miss the Bush years because, back then, when someone in the government did something ridiculous to infringe on the personal liberty of American citizens, people would turn out in droves to Hula Hoop for Peace on Pennsylvania Avenue, and plaster what social media sites existed with Ben Franklin quotes about how people are stupid for giving up their rights to the illusion of security.

But now, the government just does sh*t like this and everyone is like, “meh.”

--. :: Naked DC

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 14, 2013 6:52 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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By and large, the anti-Bush protests were never about defending our liberties. It was a tool used by partisan statists who are not protesting now because they are getting exactly what they always wanted. Left wing bulles in power.

They WANT this. They are not indifferent. They are on the other side. And they were so ten years ago.

Posted by: el gordo at May 14, 2013 9:59 PM

By and large, the anti-Bush protests were never about defending our liberties. It was a tool used by partisan statists who are not protesting now because they are getting exactly what they always wanted. Left wing bulles in power.

They WANT this. They are not indifferent. They are on the other side. And they were so ten years ago.

Posted by: el gordo at May 14, 2013 9:59 PM

Get a grip Jones.

Posted by: Casca at May 14, 2013 11:34 PM

All it takes is for the opponents of this behavior to start creating a sh*t storm. But because the opponents of this behavior would never do anything even approaching the boundaries of good behavior they are treated like this.

Stop being satisfied you would never abuse an opponent and start making them pay a price for abusing you. Stop being a battered wife. It's pathetic. If your only response is to vote in alternate Novembers you are declaring your opponents may abuse to their hearts content for 23 of 24 months and you might force them into a more lucrative job as a lobbyist. Big deal.

The Left has produced several playbooks on how to fight the power and we won't so much as slap on a bumper sticker for fear of having our car scratched. If you won't stick up for yourself stop whining.

Posted by: Scott M at May 15, 2013 12:29 AM

Jones...I hear this all the time, but what "rights" did Bush really take away from you?

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at May 15, 2013 3:01 AM

Yes, more "Blame Bush".
Fucking pathetic.
El Gordo is exactly right- the "Constitution is being trampled!!!111!!!" crowd of the Bush years didn't give a shit about "our" rights, it was all about anything to thwart (so-called) conservative policies being enacted, and to get their fellow travelers elected.
If they truly cared about "our" rights and our Constitution, they would've being screaming on the streets about the extra-Constitutional "Czar" appointments by barry, by the enactment of Obammycare, by the violations of voting rights and laws by the dems (especially the black panthers) in the last 2 elections, by this IRS scandal, by the DOJ grabbing phone records and numbers of reporters...
Fucking hypocrites.
Fucking marxists.
THEIR silence (including the lame-stream media) has allowed, ENCOURAGED this power grab and true erosion of our rights, theirs included.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at May 15, 2013 11:00 AM

And now this...

"The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges."

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at May 15, 2013 11:25 AM

I agree that much of the government abuse we suffer from now had its origins in the Bush administration but the issue here is that they were much milder and the same people who screamed and burned effigies shrug now and make excuses. The conclusion is pretty clear: exactly what El Gordo says.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2013 11:26 AM

Bush made his share of mistakes, no doubt, but weaponizing the Executive to destroy political opponents was not one of them.

It is also not fair to say there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats. I can complain about them being inept and squishy all day long but the differences are real. Not one GOP congressman voted for the stimulus and only a single poor soul voted for Obamacare, iirc. And that was when Obama's popularity was at its peak, a few months after his 2008 landslide. They didn't need more principles, they needed more voters.

One way the left got so much done in the last 30 years is, they like to win. They don't worry constantly about the purity of their candidates, and even if they do, they support him anyway. On liberal blogs, you don't find people muttering how they will sit this election out because liberal x said something non-liberal to group y because he wanted their votes. He is their guy.

Conservatives can bash Bush and say he was "just as bad" and liberals will feel vindicated but they will never say the same thing about their guy. You mention Carter to a lib and he just counterattacks.

Posted by: El Gordo at May 15, 2013 2:13 PM

El Gordo shoots. He SCORES! NOTHING BUT NET!

Posted by: vanderleun at May 15, 2013 2:35 PM

Well, yeah, for the left, power is everything and principle nothing. Integrity, honor, truth, and right are all disposable and quaint obstructions on the path to sufficient power to implement their ideas. That's part of what makes them leftist and what makes us different.

And they still have to rig the game to win.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 15, 2013 3:39 PM

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