Despite nearly eight years to reconsider their view, some Republicans still cling to the belief that President George W. Bush was a good president.
From time to time here at TAC, we mention that while Obama betrays the constitution, Bush did as well. Every time, some Republicans are quick to defend W’s legacy, or at the very least differentiate him from Obama. Some even ask us, in all honesty, how he violated the Constitution.
I can empathize with those who defend Bush, because I used to be one of them. I was young when the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks occurred. Seeing the country temporarily united, unlike anytime in recent history, left a strong impression on me. As a mainstream Republican for most of my childhood and young adulthood, I defended Bush’s presidency, from the beginning of the Iraq War through the end of his second term. I even put his photo up as my Facebook profile picture for a while and wrote blog posts defending him.
I literally was that guy.
But the problem is that the person I defended was not the actual man who presided in the Oval Office. From my limited perspective growing up in a very blue state, Bush’s political enemies were also enemies of the freedoms I held dear, and in error I thought that meant he was a friend of liberty.
However, back in the real world, the actual Bush little resembled this image. Rather than a proponent of limited government or defender of…