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Yay or Nay? Respecting the President...

George W. Bush. Based on the debate following this post yesterday, your feelings about President Bush are pretty passionate.

I'm willing to bet even reading his name evokes a definite reaction—and it's clear that reaction varies pretty wildly from person to person. But whether you love him or hate him, my question is this: even if you don't agree with a president's job performance, does the Office itself deserve respect?


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CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
Regardless of your own personal politics, the President of the United States deserves respect. It's a difficult job and not one that I would like to tackle. For every vocal opponent of President Bush, there are many quiet supporters.
politica politica 9 years
The office of the presidency demands respect, regardless of who is occupying it. Other than that, I have every confidence that Bush will be vindicated by history.
oinkoink oinkoink 9 years
We have every right to criticize his performance. We gave him the power to be president and he betrayed our trust and ruined our reputation around the world. I still can't believe people defend him. He should be tried for war crimes.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
for me, respect as a leader is earned through actions, performance, and leadership abilities. this man has polarized our country like never before. no, it is not entirely his fault, but as our "leader" his priority should be to unite, not divide. he can have respect when he admits his faults. now THAT would greatly impress me. btw: LOVE this new sugar site! great job1 :D
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
And one last thing... I stand behind what I said about Bush being overly targeted. First off, I don't even like Bush and while he has MANY responsibilities that he might not be doing well, the man is not given enough credit and simply issued more blame than he deserves.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
I never intended to insult anybody...there is just so much I could write, but I feel like its pointless because at the end of the day, everyone is going to have their own beliefs. I completely agree that a President should earn our respect but there comes a point where people cross the line...such as mocking the President or terribly disrespecting him. There are so many sour things said, written, drawn, etc. about him and its just NOT necessary. THATS what I mean when I say he should be given respect. Everything thus far should be earned, of course. And I'm sorry you didn't like my choice of wording but don't get so hung up about it.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think the position deserves respect, and as such, the President deserves a minimal amount of obligatory respect. Even if that respect only extends so far as to realize he or she is human and just like us. I think the best way to show your contempt for the President is to do something to counteract what he has done. There are a lot of armchair politicians that do nothing to help the country and everything to enjoy the rights as a citizen of it.
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
Basic respect is something that should be shown to all people who have not proven themselves unworthy of it. Others though..
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
If you want to have an intelligent debate, please bring your thoughts to the table, but don't just insult many us by calling us lazy, while ironically not bothering to support your own beliefs.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Blondie, I find your comments really unbelievable, and you seem to be adhering to the same theme in multiple forums: that Bush has no culpability or responsibility to his people whatsoever. You cannot be serious when you say it's just laziness that makes people upset about what Bush has done. It's just so ridiculous. I see so many comments on here that cleary contain a lot of thought and intelligence--these are smart and articulate people, not lazy. You, on the other hand, just toss out a judgment with NO evidence or thought! 70% of the rest of the nation has woken up, so you should, too. As for this topic itself, I agree 100% with Legalbeagle that people cannot respect him because he has totally failed to live up to the prestige and honor of his office. That really hits the nail on the head for me. I never liked him, but I couldn't have imagined what a national disappointment/disgrace he would become.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Respect has to be earned it does not come with a job title
kmariem kmariem 9 years
When President Bush was elected, without my vote, I adopted a wait and see attitude. Unfortunately, my worst fears were realized when his administration proceeded to bring my country to it's knees - wiretapping, torture, Katrina, bullying, arrogance - very, very ugly. He has earned my disrespect and I look forward to the day when he leaves office.
Linny Linny 9 years
I agree with others who said the POSITION is respectable but I think whoever gets elected needs to live up to it and earn respect though their decisions and leadership. It is a big job but I don't think any President is the glue that holds the country together. There are a lot of civil service jobs that keep things running and even the pres has a lot of secretaries and aides. Personally, I think Bush lost a lot of the country when he went to war in Iraq (even if he did get re-elected) and has lost a lot of support since then. I respect that he is president and he was (eventually) our elected leader. I don't think he is living up to the title.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 9 years
Just thought I would chime in about FDR- put that history degree to some use lol Many people really disliked him. They thought his social policies were overstepping the Constitutional powers given to the executive office. He tried to pack the Supreme Court with 12 judges during his Presidency so that he could have more power. His social programs and the misuse of the commerce clause during his administration have put us in the position we're in today- the federal government can regulate anything that is in the stream of commerce (pretty much everything). This set precedent for every administration since then to overstep their Constitutional authority. He also refused to get involved in WWII when he knew what Hitler was doing. So when you say that FDR was a great President- which I believe he was- you have to look at in perspective. Many people who lived during his time would have said the exact opposite. (Thats not to say I believe the same thing will happen with Bush)
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I'm with Jillness here, a president needs to respect his position in order to be respected. Being the president of the Unites States is a huge responsability, not only inside the country, but also outside. Bush has shown no respect for the United Nations many times, for example. He has had no respect for his people (Katrina, huh) and even less respect for the rest of the world.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
errr I have a lot of spelling mistakes I just wanted to mention that some of the greatest (good and bad) changes that have happened in history came from people being unhappy with their governments (governments that definitely did not have respect). Look at our own American Revolution which went on to inspire many other countries and peoples to stand up for themselves (I just learned in a lecture today the effect of the American Revolution of the Inca and Spanish relationship in South America during the late 1700s)
JessNess JessNess 9 years
FDR became president in a time when the U.S public was very mad at the government due to the work of Hoover. He came in during the Great Depression and quickly rejuvenated the country and pulled it out of the horrible economic situation. FDR EARNED his respect due to this. FDR also was fully aware of not wanting to be photographed in a wheelchair. That was a decision that both he and the press made. When you are trying to reestablish a country you do not want to put out an image of a physically weak leader thus the lack of wheel chair pictures. But FDR definitely earned respect he did not go into that job with the countries confidence Luckily we live in a country were you have every right to question your leader and form whatever opinion you want of him/her. I certainly did not vote for Bush so he needed to earn my respect and Im sure the respect of everyone else out there who did not vote for him. Even if the president was someone who I voted for that does not mean that they automatically have respect. Actions speak louder than words and I think Bush's actions definitely say a lot about the inadequacy of his terms. If respect is automatic because of a job then it really is not respect at all. Also I think there is a difference between being tolerable of someone because of their position and having respect for them. I dont want to start any arguments but I really fail to see one good thing that Bush has done for this country. We were at a good place when Clinton was president but everything has gone downhill...we are in wars that we are stuck in for all the wrong reasons, our economy is heading for recession, people are losing their homes, our health care is in shambles, New Orleans and other areas hit by Katrina are still in complete disarray (Brad Pitt has done more for that area than Bush), our government is a joke to many people. Luckily Bush is done with at the end of this year and we have opportunity for a fresh start. Bush is this generations Hoover. Where's are next FDR?
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Nay. Bush hasn't done anything worthy of respect, so I don't give him any. I like the first lady and his daughters, they seem like genuine people. However I don't like what Bush has done to this country and all the innocent lives that have been taken. Bill Clinton has my respect; yes, he's made personal mistakes and scandals however he did not hurt the country and he's always been very kind to others and willing to help the people. I have respect for some of the presidents however there are some that truly don't deserve it.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Nice point Nelore. We definitely see a way higher proportion of everything modern presidents say and do.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Let alone that, Brandynicole730, most places won't even take you if you don't have insurance! I don't like a lot of socialist ideas, but the one that I agree with is that healthcare is available and cheap for everyone.
Blondie, you talk a lot of smack with absolutely squat to back up anything you say. Why don't you strain your brain to find some facts that everyone doesn't know as propaganda. BlueSkies: I'd like to hear more about ya'll's Universal Healthcare. Anytime someone mentions it here, they are stampeded by people saying that it doesn't work, because people have to wait for an appointment. Personally, I think it would be great to be garaunteed that I will be treated for my ailments. Here, if you have no insurance (which to me, and many many others, is completely unaffordable!), doctors and hospitals literally hold your life in their hands. They can tell you that you do not qualify for a procedure, that would save your life, because you can't afford it. My dad is lucky enough to get insurance at work, but if he wanted to add my mom, it would be an additional $100 a WEEK.
tundrababe tundrababe 9 years
There's a lot of trade-offs we made since the FDR years. People are more outspoken now, and with that comes the good and the bad. The good would be that maybe now FDR could be perceived as a disabled person and still get the support of people. The bad back then was that it had to be hidden to keep him in office. I bash Bush all the time, but it's not out of disrespect for the office or him as a human being. It's about he and his administrations disrespect for the office and the American people. The man has run our country into the ground. Two wars, trillions in debt (we had a surplus!), our name is smeared around the world, and New Orleans STILL is a mess. Come on. Respect really does have to be earned. The man isn't even trying. He doesn't care. If he was tripping and butchering the English language on a daily basis and was actually doing a good job as president, I think people would cut him some slack.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
theres always someone to blame...and the easiest target is bush...lazy much
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Ooops. I guess my other comment posted after all! (I hate it when that happens) Oh well, it's the same message. Sorry about that, everybody
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Blue Skies, you're very correct in what you've said about health care here. It's a disaster. My mother is disabled, and getting anything at all taken care of is a job in itself that takes a lot of her energy. I see more and more handicap stickers on cars every year, and so many people whose doctors give them a 'cookie cutter treatment', and not the care, or attention they require. It's an outrage.
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