What Conservatives Can Expect From Bush`s Second Term

President Bush to sound like Woodrow Wilson


political analyst

Michael Barone
in the

Wall Street Journal
this week.

Mr. Barone`s advice was no criticism, since he fairly
gushed with toasty sounds about the similarities between
Wilson`s beliefs and Mr. Bush`s "vision of an America
spreading freedom and democracy to new corners of the

And in fact Mr. Barone was correct. Wilson is exactly
who Mr. Bush sounded like in his speech yesterday.

Woodrow Wilson of course was the president who not only
launched America into

World War I

"make the world safe for democracy"
but also
helped forge the disastrous

Treaty of Versailles,
which helped spawn the chaos
that led to Nazism in Germany and World War II.

Among Wilson`s other dubious accomplishments were the
creation of the Federal Reserve System, a massive
expansion of federal regulations, the federal income tax
and the rise of what he called "presidential
to "get around" the

"congressional government."
Why anyone
purporting to represent conservatism of any kind would
invoke Wilson as a positive icon is beyond

Wilson also resembles Mr. Bush in that he campaigned in

1916 election
on the slogan, "He kept us out of
Then, a few months later, he helped bring us
into war. Like

Mr. Bush

is rapidly acquiring a reputation
for violating the
commitments of his last presidential campaign. That,
perhaps, is his most notable contribution to American
political history so far.

While not exactly a violation of a campaign promise, Mr.

renewed enthusiasm
for amnesty for illegal aliens
can fairly count as a

. Though he proposed the amnesty

early last year
, before the campaign really started,
he dropped it after a less than rousing response from
Congress. He may have mentioned it once or twice during
the campaign, but he has never described it as the
amnesty it actually is.

Only after the election did Secretary of State Colin
Powell, while on a visit to Mexico, say the

plan would be revived.

"In light of the campaign and other things that
were going on, we weren`t able to engage the Congress on
Mr. Powell said.  "But now that the election
is behind us and the president is looking to his second
term, the president intends to engage Congress on it."

In other words, we couldn`t tell voters what we were
going to do because we would have lost. Now that we
don`t have to pay attention to them any more, we can
speak plainly. Ever since the election Mr. Bush has

repeatedly promised
to push his plan through

Plain Speaking Event Number Two is the proposed
constitutional amendment banning homosexual marriage.
Personally, I am not in favor of it and have

written against it
in the past, but many
conservatives, especially those who supported the
president, are, and one major reason

they did support him
is because he said he was in
favor of it too. Now

he`s not.

Interviewed in the

Washington Post last
, Mr. Bush said he is

advised by Republican senators
that the amendment
can`t possibly pass. Actually, it didn`t pass last year
when it came up in Congress, but the religious right and
its allies want to push it again.

As the Washington Post noted this week, social
conservatives are already grousing about the president`s
apparent lack of interest in pushing it. "Clearly
there is concern,"
said a spokesman for the

Family Research Council.

Add to concern about the amendment the president`s
appointment of an "abortion rights supporter,"
Kenneth Mehlman, as head of the Republican National
Committee, and Mr. Bush may start having problems with a
large part of his political base. [Bush
Upsets Some Supporters
By Jim VandeHei and
Michael A. Fletcher, January 19, 2005]

Plain Speaking Event Number Three, assuming we don`t
count the appointment of

Alberto Gonzales as
attorney general and his
positions on abortion and immigration, is Mr. Gonzales`

recent statement
before the Senate Judiciary
Committee that he "he will support reinstating the
federal ban on assault weapons, which Congress allowed
to expire in September."

Since voting blocs like gun owners were at least as
vital to Mr. Bush`s re-election as the religious right
and since the expiration occurred because the president
didn`t oppose it, this too can fairly be counted as a
betrayal of the president`s conservative base.

Is it surprising that Mr. Bush, even before he was
inaugurated for a second term, started betraying the
conservative positions he took during the campaign and
the conservative image he and his handlers so carefully
cultivated? No, it`s not. Some of us knew, even before
he became president at all, that he is a phony-con.

Those who elected and re-elected him have yet to
learn that, but in the next few years, they
will—again—have ample opportunity to do so.



Sam Francis [email
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