Shock Poll: George W. Bush Just Came In Fourth In This Student Poll…For An Unbelievable Reason

When you see the results of a new poll of thousands of students in 37 countries, you might be shaking your head in disbelief as you wonder what the world is coming to. Or, possibly, you’ll find the results of the survey confirm your suspicion that ideology and ignorance are shaping the opinions of a rising generation of young people who seem to have a very weak grasp of history as well as the nature of true evil.

The Daily Mail has shared the results of an opinion poll of some 7,000 young men and women, identified as university students with an average age of 23. Researchers who conducted the wide-ranging study reportedly asked the students to rate on a scale from 1-7 their feelings, positive and negative, about well-known figures and events.

When the scores were tallied for George W. Bush, the study found that the 43rd President of the United States came in fourth among history’s all-time “villains.” Just behind Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden, and Saddam Hussein, Bush was said to be among the most evil, most hated of historical figures.

As the following table shows, the students surveyed identified their top-ten “heroes” as well, citing Jesus Christ as #6 on the list.

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

According to The Daily Mail article on the surprising survey, the researchers who conducted the poll say “the impact of time” is at least partly responsible for the results that show President Bush to be a bigger “villain” than Stalin, Mao, or Lenin — each of whom was directly responsible for untold numbers of deaths within their own countries. Mao Zedong, for example, is thought by human rights advocates to have been responsible for an estimated 40 to 70 million deaths through starvation, forced labor, and executions.

“Religious idealists” and “Secular Idealists” had strongly negative views towards Osama, Saddam, and Hitler.

“Religious Idealists” and “Political Realists” thought positively of religious leaders such as Buddha and Jesus.

“Historical Indifferents” didn’t have a strong feeling for anyone, apart from George W Bush who they disliked.

The only figure that all four groups disliked was Bush, the study found.

What one might find equally interesting from the results of the survey is that Barack Obama is nowhere to be found on the students’ list of “heroes” or among the “40 historical figures rated in terms of popularity.”

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

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The Bush Years: An Explainer

This past week in Nevada, Jeb Bush accidentally declared he’s running for president to reporters. He was supposed to say, “if I run” and instead said, “I’m running for president!”

So now that it’s official, I feel it’s my duty to explain the Bush years to younger/amnesiac Americans who may not remember what life was like before Obama. For example, Fox News used to co-sign and coo over everything that came out of the Oval Office. True story. The party line at Fox News was that “libruls” were an evil plague and if George W. Bush could just get his way—the country would be better for it.

So we invaded Iraq preemptively. Because, we were told, we’d be greeted as liberators. And Saddam was behind 9/11. Also, we were told, it’d pay for itself, because, you see, there was oil and stuff there. And Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. And Fox News was totally on board with this. And Judith Miller was on board. And anyone who wasn’t, was a treasonous, flag-burning, queer, vegetarian environmentalist.

On March 28, 2003—a week after the invasion of Iraq by US forces, the Fox News Ticker on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan read, “How do you keep a war protester in suspense? Ignore them.”

“While young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan,” said pseudo-Democratic Senator Zell Miller at the 2004 Republican National Convention, “our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats’ manic obsession to bring down our commander in chief.” Basically, we preemptively put troops in harm’s way; and since they’re now dying, anyone who opposes it hates America.

And let’s not forget Dixie Chick Natalie Maines saying in London just before the invasion, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.” They were boycotted, vilified, and their careers were ruined, becoming the personification of liberal traitors everywhere. In short: They were Dixie Chicked.

President Bush commented on this phenomenon and said: “They shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out.”

Chilling? Yes. Other era peacenik villains were diplomat Joe Wilson, who had the audacity to challenge faulty intelligence on the pages of The New York Times. His wife, CIA covert operative Valerie Plame, was outed by Scooter Libby (read: Dick Cheney). Cindy Sheehan, a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq, was widely mocked for opposing the war. Even 9/11 widows were “fair game” on Fox during the Bush years.

See, Bush was not a compromiser. “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists,” he told the country in 2001. He was not one to reach across the aisle. He was right and never apologized. All because God was in the White House. God talked to George W. Bush and told him to cut taxes for the wealthy and put two wars on credit cards. (During the Bush years, God’s alternative spelling was “The Heritage Foundation.”)

Like his brother, Dubya was also a flubber. “Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” Pro-Bush pundits’ full-time gig was interpreting for the rest of us what the hell the president was saying. And how he was really just a shoot-from-the-hip guy and not just a puppet for war profiteers (read: Dick Cheney).

Jeb has repeatedly said George W. will be the person he listens to on Mideast issues. Jeb is going to get advice from the guy who destabilized the region, creating fertile ground for ISIS, and yet has never regretted anything he’s ever “decided?!” What could go wrong?

Jeb did a fawningly friendly interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly where he was asked if he would, knowing what we know now, invade Iraq. (A question, you’d think, he’d prepared for since the first day of the invasion.) He said he would. He’d do exactly as his brother did. Immediately, his pocket pundit Ana Navarro took to the airwaves to explain Jeb misheard the question.

So he wouldn’t invade Iraq? Before completely walking back his comments, Jeb refused to answer the question because it was a hypothetical and “such hypotheticals were insensitive to the families of fallen soldiers in the war.”

Sound familiar? It’s a re-run. A three-peat. As recent nonagenarian Yogi Berra once said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

If George were a great president, it would bring up nostalgia for a storied time in American history. But he wasn’t. He was a brutish, dim-witted, anti-science, disastrous, short-sighted zealot who perverted patriotism to mean legal immunity. He tanked our economy, and we’re still reeling from his foreign policy fiascos.

We need him and anyone who refuses to learn from his mistakes to be in the country’s rear view, not on a ballot.

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George W. Just Leveled Barack’s Administration With 1 Brutally Honest Sentence

Former President George W. Bush gave his first commencement address since leaving the White House on Saturday to Southern Methodist University’s class of 2015. He used the opportunity for some light-hearted moments, including some jokes at his own expense; but he also had a serious message to deliver about religious liberty in America.

SMU president R. Gerald Turner introduced the former Chief Executive as the “husband of SMU trustee Laura Bush… and the 43rd president of the United States George W. Bush,” who received a standing ovation as he came to the podium.

Laura is a class of ‘68 graduate of the university, and George chose her alma mater as the location for his presidential library and leadership center.

Bush continued in Turner’s jocular vein for a few moments, noting his decision to agree to give the address was quite practical. He said, “So I got a call from my landlord – (laughter) – Gerald Turner. (Laughter.) Rather than raising the rent or threatening to withhold our security deposit – (laughter) – I was relieved to hear President Turner ask if I believed in free speech. (Applause.) I said yeah. He said, ‘Perfect. Here’s your chance to give one.’ (Laughter and applause.)”

Shortly into his remarks, Bush offered the encouraging words” “To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, ‘well done.’ And as I like to tell the ‘C’ students: You, too, can be President,” referring to his well-publicized less-than-stellar academic record as an undergraduate student at Yale University (though he did better as a graduate student at Harvard).

Bush exhorted the SMU graduates not to give into the pessimism that in some ways marks the times, but offered that one of the main reasons he looked to the future with optimism was his faith in God–which, he reminded them, was one of their fundamental rights as Americans.

“You can be hopeful because there is a loving God,” he said. “Whether you agree with that statement or not is your choice. It is not your government’s choice. It is essential – (applause). It is essential to this nation’s future that we remember that the freedom to worship who we want, and how we want—or not worship at all—is a core belief of our founding.”

His brother (and likely presidential candidate) Jeb Bush also highlighted the principle of religious liberty when he gave the commencement address at Liberty University earlier this month, stating: “I don’t know about you, but I’m betting that when it comes to doing the right and good thing, the Little Sisters of the Poor know better than the regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services.” Bush added: “From the standpoint of religious freedom, you might even say it’s a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother. And I’m going with the Little Sisters.”

As reported by Western Journalism, the topic of religious freedom has been in the public dialogue often recently, with the Supreme Court taking action for the sixth time to uphold religious liberty against the HHS’ Obamacare mandate and with the controversy surrounding the passage of the Religious Freedom of Restoration Act in Indiana and Arkansas last month.

George Bush urged the SMU graduates not to shy away from the public arena as the nation debates the issues of the day, but to engage in their spheres of influence. He offered the example of Moses, who, at first, did not want to answer God’s call on his life.

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt? Oh, my Lord, I pray, send some other person. I have sheep to tend. And the people won’t believe me — I’m not a very good speaker,” Moses asked, as the Almighty spoke to him from a burning bush.

The former president took note that “Moses wasn’t the only one who could mangle his language,” which drew laughter from the crowd. “Fortunately, Moses recognized the call to serve something greater than himself. He answered the call, led his people, and history was made,” he added.

Bush also offered the example of Winston Churchill, Time’s man of the first half of the 20th century. In the fall of 1941, when Great Britain stood alone as the bastion of freedom against Nazi Germany’s onslaught in Europe, the prime minister gave a short address at his alma mater of Harrow.

Bush quoted the most famous line from that speech, which Churchill identified as the main lesson to be learned from Great Britain’s stand against tyranny: “Never give in … in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

The former war-time commander-in-chief went on to cite Churchill’s great words of confidence from the Harrow address. “These are not dark days. These are great days. The greatest our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”

Bush said: “Today, some doubt America’s future, and they say our best days are behind us. I say, given our strengths—one of which is a bright new generation like you—these are not dark days. These are great days.”

Bush closed his remarks, sounding some themes similar to those spoken by General Douglas MacArthur in his final address to the West Point Corp of Cadets in 1962. He said:

I believe that the Almighty’s grace and unconditional love will sustain you. I believe it will bring you joy amidst the trials of life. It will enable you to better see the beauty around you. It will provide a solid foundation amidst a rapidly changing, somewhat impersonal, technologically-driven world. It will show you how to love your neighbor, forgive more easily, and approach success with humility—and failure without fear.

It will inspire you to honor your parents and eventually be a better spouse and parent yourself. It will help you fully grasp the value of life—all life. It will remind you that money, power, and fame are false idols. And I hope and believe that God’s love will inspire you to serve others.

I want to thank you for letting me share this special day with you. I wish you all the very best. Stay in touch with your friends. Love your family. Treat this day as a step toward a lifetime of learning. And go forth with confidence. May God bless you.

He left the podium as he came to a standing ovation.

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The Feud Between Jeb Bush And Karl Rove

In what may be a surprise to many who do not follow them closely, Karl Rove and Jeb Bush have had a tenuous and, at times, tense relationship over the years.

Rove, of course, was one of President George W. Bush’s chief advisers, going back to his time as governor of Texas in the 90’s. Bush publicly credited Rove for his substantial contribution in the president’s re-election win in 2004, calling him by his popular nickname, “The Architect.”

Politico reports that in 2002, when Jeb Bush was running for governor of Florida, he sought the help of his brother in the campaign. Rove actually stepped in and played gatekeeper, angering Jeb and causing George to have to intervene and instruct Rove that his brother was not just any other candidate.

Rove more-or-less declared war on the Tea Party during the 2014 election cycle, using his super PAC, American Crossroads, to back establishment candidates. One would think the very “establishment” Jeb Bush would be right up his alley.

However, while other prominent figures from the administrations of Presidents Bush 41 and Bush 43 appear ready for a potential Bush 45 presidency, like James Baker and Condoleezza Rice, Rove remains lukewarm. He questioned in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last fall, “But can another Bush win?” Rove also took the opportunity during a Fox News appearance earlier this year to highlight how Jeb’s support for Common Core will hurt him with conservatives.

Now the two find themselves going after the same Bush network donors. As reported by Politico:

Part of the struggle is playing out on phone calls and private meetings, as both compete for the nation’s most sought-after Republican donors. As Bush intensifies fundraising for his Right to Rise super PAC, expected to reach $100 million by the end of this month, he finds himself approaching many of the same contributors as Rove, whose American Crossroads super PAC is also financially dependent on many of the givers who have long supported the political causes and campaigns of the extended Bush family network.

But with Bush gobbling up record amounts of cash, there is an increasing sense that the two groups are destined to clash — and that Rove’s American Crossroads, which spent $325 million on a disappointing 2012 presidential election, will ultimately be the odd man out.

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Red Tape Rising Under Obama At Unprecedented Rate

A new report finds that major regulation imposed by the Obama administration cost Americans more than $80 billion per year over the past six years. That figure is more than twice as much as what the rules issued by the administration of George W. Bush six years in cost the population.

The Heritage Foundation report, “Red Tape Rising: Six Years of Escalating Regulation Under Obama,” documents an increase of 27 major rules in 2014, which brings the administration’s total to 184.

At this point in the Bush administration, only 76 major rules had been adopted at a cost of $30.7 billion, which represents 38.5 percent of the Obama administration’s cost.

Not surprisingly, the Obama administration has also overseen the weakest economic recovery in modern U.S. history. Now, five years into the Obama recovery, the economy grew a paltry 0.2 percent during the first quarter. Economic growth for Obama’s tenure in office has averaged a little over 2 percent, less than half the growth rate under Ronald Reagan following the last severe recession.

Image Credit: Washington Times,

Image Credit: Washington Times

Regulations under the Dodd-Frank banking reform law and of the energy sector topped the list of the most regulations adopted during the past year.

The Daily Signal reports:

Many more regulations are on the way, with another 126 economically significant rules on the administration’s agenda, such as directives to farmers for growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables; strict limits on credit access for service members; and, yet another redesign of light bulbs.

Among the most anticipated rules is finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s stricter standards on emissions of ozone, which many analysts predict will be the most costly regulation ever imposed by any agency.

One reform proposed by members of Congress is the REINS Act, which would require congressional approval before implementing any major new regulations.

As reported by Western Journalism, Canada has taken action to tackle the hidden taxes imposed on its economy by regulations. The Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) requires that for every new regulation introduced by the Canadian federal government, one of equal burden must be removed from the books.

Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has labeled red tape “the silent killer of jobs.” For businesses, an unnecessary regulatory burden seems to take away time and resources that could be used to create new products or improve existing ones, or to better serve customers. For consumers, regulations appear to mean higher costs and less competition.

One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts as President of the United States was to sign an executive order requiring all federal agencies to conduct a cost/benefit analysis for all proposed regulations and in reviewing existing ones.

The reduction of the regulatory burden during Reagan’s tenure in office helped significantly in igniting the greatest economic expansion in United States history.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the cost of federal regulations alone to the United States economy was over $2 trillion in 2012. Eighty-eight percent of businesses surveyed identified federal regulations as their top challenge.

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