Originally posted by mikerussellus
But this is just deflection. There are those that try to justify Obama's actions/decisions soley because a previous president did the same.
To be frank, I am as guilty of criticizing Obama over the same things Bush did as most because I came to the realization late in the Bush
administration. It's one of the reasons I joined ATS.
It was my own "come to jesus" moment. Bush was bad. He did bad things. I know. I get it. I still don't think he's as bad as Obama,
It just doesn't change my criticism of Obama. If I see something wrong, I will write about it. (I'm a contributing editor on another site)
Justifying it because another administration did the same thing is just plain silly.
I have a slightly different perspective on Bush. I personally believe his first term was practically aces. Once he started down the road to Iraq, I
saw a dramatic change in his philosophy and attitude. Around the end of his first and the start of his second term, I saw a brand new George Bush
burst to the surface. Instead of focusing on Afghanistan as the main war, he switched plans under the flag of vengeance. Bush even went on tv stating,
"Saddam was the guy who tried to kill my daddy." It seemed kind of juvenile at the time, so I quickly dismissed the comment. It did start a small
Obama took advantage of everyone's bottomed out morale. As a result of hearing a different tune, many conservative and independent voters jumped
ship. I think people voted for another radical. Obama is very socialistic in nature. Voters didn't care about Obama's actual philosophy. Since it
was something different from what they heard for the last 8 years, they jumped for an opportunity to remove the Republican administration. Many-many
people are still blinded by Obama's flashy rhetoric approach. There is a danger in hiring someone without them defining who they are. As we are
seeing being played out on tv and online, Obama is using a very radical socialistic approach to government.
I am not sure who is really worse. Bush's second term abuse of military power, or Obama's abuse of domestic socialistic policy. Bush and Obama are
the same individual; however, they are working on two different ends of the spectrum.
[edit on 6-9-2009 by Pathos]