Thursday, July 12, 2007

it's time to assign a "grade" to this administration

Pres. Bush has been in office for 6 1/2 years, which is ample time to assign him a grade for the work he has done. I guess that it is the teacher in me that makes me want to "grade him."

The President of the United States has 5 Constitutional roles that we will be grading him on. For the purposes of this "report card," we'll say that there are 20 points possible on each role, for a total of 100 points. At the end of the report card, we'll add the points and grade on a 90-80-70-60 scale.

Commander-in-Chief (Article 2, Section 2: "The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States"): Pres. Bush earns high marks for understanding the Islamofascist terrorist threat, for inspiring confidence among the troops, and for his refusal to give in to the Surrender Monkeys in Congress. On the other hand, he earns low marks for the ways in which he has mismanaged the Iraq war effort for the first 3 years, and for his complete inability to communicate to the American people concerning the successes we have had in Iraq and how we plan on winning this war. Overall, a 14 out of 20 (that's a C-).

Chief Diplomat (Article 2, Section 2: "He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls. . ." and also-- Article 2, Section 3: ". . .he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers. . ."): A whole lot of you will disagree with me here, but this has been a strength of Pres. Bush. Our President did a wonderful job, in the beginning stages of the Iraqi war, of putting together a coalition of countries from around the world to assist us. Now, it's true that this coalition has largely fallen apart, but that has been due to Bush's shortcomings as Commander-In-Chief. His biggest accomplishment here, however, has been the way that he has presented a strong image to the world of being a man who will deal resolutely with Islamofascism. As I have documented on this site before, that has resulted in the actual people residing in the various free countries of the world choosing more conservative leaders in their own countries. Score: 18 out of 20 (A-)

Chief Administrator (Article 2, Section 1: "The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."): Our president has done an absolutely woeful job of "riding herd" on the executive branch. His first mistake was in allowing so many Clinton-era holdovers to keep their jobs in the departments of State and Defense. Those rogue bureaucrats have done everything they possibly can to undermine this president. His other big fault is that he is not particularly wise to the ways of Beltway politics. This has caused him, and others in the administration, to "manufacture" scandals out of thin air. Example--the firing of the U.S. Attorneys. All he had to do was to announce--"Today I'm replacing X-number of U.S. Attorneys. I'm doing this because the U.S. Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, it is my right to hire and fire them, and I want new blood and a fresh perspective in those positions. End of discussion." Oh, the Dems would have whined for a little while, but there would have been no scandal. Instead, Bush and Gonzales apparently cooked up this complex cloak and dagger scheme to fire a bunch of the attorneys, and then Gonzales lied about it. That's not very bright! That kind of stuff happens all the time with Bush. Score: 5 out of 20 (F)

Chief Legislator (Article 1, Section 7: "Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a law." And also---Article 2, Section 3: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient"): Why did Pres. Bush wait so long to finally unleash the veto? Why did Pres. Bush allow so many outrageous spending bills to become law? Why did Pres. Bush conspire with so many liberals, on both sides of the aisle, to craft an immigration bill that was so harmful to America? Pres. Bush has been absolutely pathetic in this regard! Score: 5 out of 20

Chief Magistrate (Article 2, Section 3: ". . .he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed . . ." ): Pres. Bush has absolutely refused to enforce America's immigration laws. He has refused to enforce the law passed last year on immigration. He adds "signing notices" to the bills he signs into law telling which parts of the law he will obey and which parts he will ignore. He can't do that! Score: 5 out of 20

Total Score : 47 out of 100. That's an F in my book. It's time to elect a true conservative in 2008!


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