Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Let's try to remain focused on what causes the support of Mr. Bush, and his specific traits that inspires this.
And therein lies the art of moderation.
On-topic, then, here are some of the traits that convinced me Bush was the better choice. It's hard not to use some sort of comparison when assessing
his traits, but I'll try to minimize it.
You may, of course, not agree with these observations, but that's why they are my
Positive Traits of Dubya
- He makes decisions and sticks with them. While I don't always agree with the decisions, a leader who cannot follow through with his decisions is a
poor leader. This was my main criticism of Bill Clinton.
- He makes decisions based on clearly-defined principles. You may not agree with him, but at least you know where he stands.
- What you see is what you get. Despite all sorts of wild accusations to the contrary, Bush comes across as sincere and genuine. He is not a
- He places America first. I don't want to become a subject of the U.N. or any other one-world government. When I vote for a president, I want one
who represents America. Period.
- He has a strong foreign policy. A strong foreign policy does not mean making everyone else happy. The most common criticism of "selfish" American
foreign policies are their interference with the selfish foreign policies of others.
- He is willing to go to war. I don't like war, and none of my ancestors did either. But America was born in war, and came to world prominence
through war. A nation in the position America occupies that is unwilling to fight is in a state of collapse. I would rather we did not have this tiger
by the tail, but we may as well try to enjoy the ride.
- He is resistant to Socialism. My main problem is that he isn't resistant enough to it, and is as spendy as the Democrats, just on different
extravagances. While choosing Bush does not mean choosing smaller government, his opponent's offer was worse in my view.
- He supports separation of powers. I would prefer that he support state government more than he does, but the opposition seems oblivous to the idea
of a republic by comparison. Thus it's a "plus" for Bush.
- He has a known track record as an executive. Both as a governor and as a first-term president, he has shown that he can do the job.
- He offers a positive message for America. It's not all about "evil doers" with Bush. Where others might focus on the negative, Bush accentuates
the positive. He seemed to have to force himself to sling mud with Kerry, and I hope that's the last time I have to witness something like that.
- He has presidential bearing. It is undignified for a president to go around complaining about things and bagging on people. When Bush chooses to
complain, he chooses his words carefully and offers constructive alternatives.
I suppose that sums it up.
This is the first time I've posted anything like this on ATS, and probably the last, because expressing a non-leftist opinion on this board tends to
lead to labeling, namecalling and general abuse.
I made this exception because you asked, and I respect you tremendously, and am therefore willing to risk reprisal if it may help you to understand
what motivated one Bush voter.
[edit on 11/3/2004 by Majic]