April 10, 2013
George H.W. Bush may have been the worst leader of the American nation that has ever lived. His approval rating was the overall lowest rating since the Gallup poll’s inception 70 years ago, and he was a below average politician before he “inherited” his presidency. His missteps as Governor of Texas foretold his failures as the President of the United States of America, and Bush had a lot of shortcomings. Dubya mishandled the Iraqi conflict, he wrecked the American economy, and ultimately he failed the American people in his presidency.
Bush’s career prior to his presidency left a lot to be desired. Bush lost his first bid into politics when trying to get a seat in Congress. He bought an oil company that could not find any oil in Texas; and it soon went bankrupt. Then, he bought the Texas Rangers, used tax payer dollars to buy land for the team, and traded their best player at the time, Sammy Sosa. The people of the great state of Texas should have cut ties with him then, however with the help of his father, Texans elected George W. Bush as their governor. He quickly began destroying the Texas economy soon after he was elected there. Bush caused the bankruptcy of the state of Texas by cutting taxes which caused the Texas governing bodies to borrow billions of dollars that they could not repay. He consistently made moves that only benefited his constituents by changing policies for lighting and power businesses and oil and gas companies in Texas. Those companies began polluting at unparalleled rates. Texas became the most polluted state in the nation under his reign, and Houston became the the most smog-ridden city in the United States beating out Los Angeles whose smog was an entity all to itself. Then, after destroying the government of one state of the United States, Bush set his sights on presidency over all 50 states.
George H.W. Bush almost lost his bid for president to Al Gore, the Democratic candidate in 2000. If not for a controversial recount of electoral votes in the state of Florida where his brother Jed Bush was Senator, Gore would have been the President of the United States. Once Bush was “elected”, he began a campaign that nearly ruined the financial stability and the credibility of this great country through a continuous string of morally questionable and fiscally irresponsible moves starting with the wars.
Dubya started two separate unfounded wars that cost the American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. He entered Afghanistan and Iraq without the permission of the United Nations after the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, under the title of a “War on Terror.” While engaging in these two incidents, he committed 5 possible crimes against international law including, but not limited to: breaking the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty and the International Criminal Court. Bush changed legislation by repealing the Insurrection Act Rider, so that he could use the military in anyway that he saw fit without the approval of Congress under the guise of limiting national security risks. He ignored the rules set forth by the Geneva Convention regarding the capture, torturing, and imprisonment of enemies. Bush not only tortured captives, but he also hid them in concentration camps that were inaccessible to the Red Cross (arbitrators of the Geneva Convention), so that any atrocities committed against them could not be reported. He even tried to undermine a treaty banning cluster bombs which notoriously kill mostly civilians. George W. Bush showed no morality in his dealings with prisoners. His legacy is littered with war crimes, dishonesty, illegalities, and a general disdain for foreign diplomacy, domestic and international policy, and international treaties.
And, Bush not only failed with his international policies, but he also failed in a domestic capacity. Instead of serving the American people, George W. Bush used the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as a vehicle and an excuse for almost every local infraction that he committed. Shortly after that attack, he violated the privacy of American citizens by having the government tap random phone calls, saying that he was screening for terrorists activities. He used 9/11 as an excuse to commit the aforementioned wiretapping, he used it to enter Iraq and Afghanistan, and he used it to explain the torture of captives. But, his mishandling of funds was his most detrimental act towards the American economy, and therefore the most devastating action against the welfare of the American people. Bush’s initial quote of 50-60 billion dollars for the “War on Terror” was a gross miscalculation that eventually cost the U.S. about 600 billion dollars. He exhausted that money to send troops on a mission to find non-existent weapons of mass destruction costing many of them their lives and leaving their loved ones in despair. He also insisted on an imaginary link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda which cost even more troops their lives. His toll of soldier deaths in the Iraqi conflict numbers in the thousands, because Bush regularly displayed a disregard for those that he had the burden of protecting. Due to excessive budget constraints, Bush actually sent troops into Iraq without proper armor. Families of those soldiers had to scour eBay and other websites to find armor for their loved ones. Weeks before the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Bush ignored a memo from the CIA that was entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack in US” while on vacation at his ranch. That decision allowed the biggest tragedy on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor to happen. In fact, Bush’s vacations have impaired his ability to aid citizens on more than one occasion. When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Bush was on vacation. He did not leave early to address the residents of Louisiana or send aid. And, he visited Mississippi first rather than going to attend to the the needs of the New Orleans citizens who were affected the most by the storm. Bush consistently failed to make the proper decisions to help the people that he led.
But, Dubya did not stop at the mismanagement of government funds. He showed the world how little he cared about maintaining amicable relationships with other countries, having a legitimate legacy, or serving the nation through a myriad of different actions he made during his tenure as the president. He chose avarice over morality and gave a lucrative overseas contract to Halliburton, the reconstruction company with which his father and he owns large shares. The Bush family made millions of dollars as the American economy lost trillions. And though the Halliburton deal is representative of the types of decisions that the Bush administration made, it pales in comparison to Bush’s most infamous records as a president. Bush spent the surplus and bankrupted the treasury. He set the records for biggest annual budget spending increases, the largest annual deficit in American history, the most bankruptcies of private institutions filed in one year, and the most precipitous drop in the history of the stock market. He is the first president to have all 50 states simultaneously go bankrupt. In Bush’s first two years of office, over two million Americans lost their jobs. Bush cut unemployment benefits for more unemployed Americans than any other president before him. He cut healthcare benefits for war veterans and also set the record for most home foreclosures in a 12 month period. Laughably, Bush set the record for most vacation taken in a calender year by a president. He went on more fundraising campaigns than any other president before him, and appointed more convicted criminals to governmental positions than any other president. In fact, Bush is the first convicted criminal to become the president. He alienated himself from the American people so much that he set the record for world record for people protesting against a person (15 million). George W. Bush had a historically bad presidency.
Bush was the most self-involved, greedy, and careless leader to ever be given that position. He mishandled every international conflict in which he was involved, he abandoned American citizens when they needed him the most, and thus, he lost all his credibility as a leader. George H.W. Bush made money off a war that he started and ran the country into the ground because of it. Bush is by far the worst president that ever ran the country.