President George W. Bush had his last address to the nation and said farewell. He had that “been aged” look that all Presidents seem to have at the end of their eight years. However, this time we have an outgoing President who truly seems mentally exhausted. He looked almost beaten down in his spirits and at the same time looking nostalgic. He was clearly aware of his poll numbers and the fact that he understands a lot of the country wants him to go. He even paused when speaking of the people who didn’t agree with his decisions but wanted us to remember at least he was willing to make tough decisions. He said he does wish he would have done some things differently but never said what that was.
I thought about that and what things I would have wanted him to have done differently. I have a hell of a list I could think of, but a lot of that is obvious and shared with a lot of Americans. The one thing I remembered was “big government”. He, like no other president I can remember in modern times, really did go the “big government” direction in his governance of the country. Each time having some excuse for expanding government powers and creating huge new government bureaucracy instead of making the old ones work. Taking over an array of the free market in his last days comes to mind. I know. He said he had to do it or we would have gone into a great depression. All crap as we found out when three hundred and fifty billion dollars got lost in the banking community and credit still dried up.
The one thing I’ll never forget was that spectacle of President Bush leading a march back to Washington to have the government intervene in the Terri Schiavo ordeal. I remember feeling that this was very creepy at the time. There was my government getting directly involved in some guys marriage and fight he was having with his in-laws about whether or not Terri Schiavo wanted to live on life support or not. Not a place where the President of the United States should be spending his time. Now if that wasn’t “big government” then there is no such thing. So now that President Bush was shown me what “big government” looks like. I have a renewed and charged love for the principles of conservatism. So I thank him for that.