What follows is the posted definition for "conservative" as listed on websters.com.
adj 1: resistant to change [ant: liberal] 2: opposed to liberal reforms 3: avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate" [syn: cautious] 4: unimaginatively conventional; "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-gray world of business"- Newsweek [syn: button-down, buttoned-down] 5: conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; "a bourgeois mentality" [syn: bourgeois, materialistic] n : a person who has conservative ideas or opinions [syn: conservativist] [ant: liberal]
If anything typifies the way in which George Bush views the world, I think the first definition says it all. Never let facts or changes in the world around you affect anything so precious as your own opinion. Keep lying to yourself, and the world in general, about your own motivations and sooner or later even you will start to believe it.
Definition number 4 is a pretty good one as well. There are a number of domestic issues which could benefit from an innovative approach and one of those "out of the box" thinking sessions. Fortunately, we won't have to endure any of that from the current administration.
Let's just see which ideas (lies) George is still clinging to with the white knuckled grip of a kid's first ride on the newest "Roller Coaster of Death."
We need to make the tax cuts permanent... I like this approach... I'm going to buy a Ferrari and quit my job... spend it and the revenue will magically appear to pay for it!
We went into Irag because of WMD's... yeah right... that's why a white paper written in 1998 was published on the conservative website http://www.newamericancentury.org/ prior to the 2000 presidential election (interestingly removed after I went to find it after the invasion of Iraq) stated emphatically that in order to keep America secure we needed to provide a steady source of oil and to do that required a stable Middle East. Just guess what the suggested recipe for success was as proposed by these conservative "thinkers"... that's right... overthrow of Sadaam Hussein and the establishment of a "pro-American" democratic regime in Iraq. Two big ole birds with one giant stone. By the way did you catch that date... YES 1998!!!!
The one I agree with to some extent but will never be done correctly... privatization of some part of Social Security. I think this is an admirable idea on the surface, but the folks in Washington could never agree on the right way to implement it. There is a way... ask me and I'll tell you!
And finally... we need to extend the Patriot Act... into a raging incinerator until the very last vestige of it is erased from the world (oops... sorry my own opinion may have slipped in on that one). Really though... I think before a legislator is allowed to vote on a bill he/she should have to take a test to see if they actually read it. Two things would ensue... 1) Bills would become shorter and more understandable because you should not need a law degree to understand what you're voting on (I refer any dissenters to that opinion to the Constitution), 2) legislators would actually accomplish less (a good thing if you look at what they do now).
Tasking the NSA with spying on American citizens was perfectly within his power and legal. I refer any takers on this one again to the Constitution and that pesky Bill of Rights. There's this whole amedment that talks about this... do tell...
So, while the world continues to change, never fear... George Bush won't let something as trivial as current events, public opinion, or doing the right thing for once, or the US. Constitution get in the way of the Bush plan to rule the world.