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What Makes a Bush Supporter?

As a former Bush supporter I can offer a first-person perspective. Although I didn’t realize it while actively supporting the President and the War on Terror, there were several underlying themes going through my mind that I am now able to differentiate.

The Greater Good

I honestly thought that Operation Iraqi Freedom was a moral and just war for us to fight. Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator and war criminal who I detest to this day. As the resulting sectarian violence stirred and the civilian casualties mounted above pre-liberation levels, I closed my eyes in horror, thinking that in the end a free and democratic Iraq in the Middle East would not only be a beacon of liberty for years to come but would have made sure that these people did not die in vain.

The Republican Party used to stand for the supreme worth of the individual. I now realize that it is wrong to sacrifice people for the sake of the majority, no matter the captivating cause or idealistic vision.

The Government Is Here to Help

On September 11th, 2001, I was 11 years old. I came home from elementary school. There had been rumors in school that aliens landed. My teacher had been crying in the hallway. I was scared. I learned what happened from my mom when she took me inside. After a rough and unforgettable day, I was addressed by President Bush that night. I felt helpless in the face of these terrorists who wanted nothing more than to kill my family and me for being American and free. He said he would protect us. I felt safe. Over the following years, I came to understand that we could not surrender in this struggle to preserve our freedom and our way of life. This struggle came to be named “The War on Terror.”

I did not follow the President’s advice. I did surrender. I surrendered my liberties and altered my way of life. I increasingly thought it was okay to sacrifice liberty in exchange for security, whatever it took to feel safer as a child growing up in a frightening and murderous world.

The Republican Creed itself proclaims, “If I can seek opportunity, not security” and “I prefer the challenges of life to guaranteed security.” Even so, it is nearly 2008 and the unthinkable is happening; Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson’s three-word campaign mantra includes the word “Security,” yet he is placing second in the polls among Republican voters! Even Benjamin Franklin himself once said, “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” According to the Constitution, we gain security only when we “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. According to the Declaration of Independence, “that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Security is only possible through securing our natural rights. By this standard, the picture looks bleak.

Traditional conservatives used to say that whenever you go to the guns of government, you sacrifice personal liberty. The traditional conservative’s warning was akin to a movie where the character encounters the devil. The character ends up sacrificing his soul in exchange for false promises based on misleading premises. The problems the devil claimed to be able to fix had often been caused by him in the first place!

Patriotism Means Allegiance

Although I never did support the Patriot Act, I still stood strongly behind the President and the Republican Party. I felt patriotic paying lip to the government and our nation, even when I found myself disagreeing at times. When others denounced its policies regarding the War on Terror, I thought they were of the blame-America variety. I wondered why they didn’t just leave the country if they disliked it so much.

I now realize that dissent from government is more closely related to patriotism. The difference between a loyalist and a patriot back in the American Revolution was that one didn’t mind or was unaffected by the government’s oppression, and that the other one minded a whole lot, whether or not it was actually him or some other Colonist that was being pushed around by their government. To this effect, I had never been a patriot. I had been a 21st century loyalist.


By believing in a “greater good,” by embracing the power of the state, and by assuming that patriotism meant resolutely backing my leaders, even when pitted against my fellow citizens, I was actually adopting the same characteristics that had defined communism and other totalitarian movements before me.

With every passing day since my day of awakening, I feel that I am becoming more Republican and more conservative than I have ever been.

Big government Republicans and Democrats, who are more likely to win their respective Party’s Presidential nominations in 2008, are quickly sliding our country into a one-party totalitarian state.

I am no longer a child. I will no longer cower in the face of terrorists and an overbearing, largely unconstitutional government. I have faith in myself. For the first time in my life I understand the mechanics of freedom and the importance of the Constitution. This was not something that I was taught in school or at home, but something that I had to learn for myself. In 2008, I will be voting for Ron Paul to be my President, whether by ballot or write-in.

After all, I am no sunshine patriot.

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How old are you again?

wow wee So much for the 'dumb teenager' stereotype! ..and you're from a Public School? YAY, there's hope for the future after all!


Great article Retro !!!

You being at the age of 17 give us all hope that the younger generation is going to lead the new Revoulution, at 52 I can say your article is a very
articulate on which you experienced and have learned about the government and it's Constitutional relationship with We The People !!!!!
That is pretty good when most public schools do not teach the Constitution or civic duty in the schools .

It's GREAT to have you aboard , THE RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT TRAIN."

"Freedom is a right that can never be won in war,only by each individual "

Superb Article

This article should be printed in a major magazine!

I learned a lot about the big picture - like the connection between the neo-con supporters like Huckabee who are willing to die (or have you die) for neo-con lies and the loyalists of colonial time. I had never realized the connection, but it is very true.

Also, I knew about the quote by Thomas Payne and knew what a "sunshine patriot" referred to, but I never connected the dots between his message and the message people who are on the fence need to understand now about just deciding once and for all that they'll write him in on the ballot if need be.

One of the best articles I've read in a long time.

You know I'm having a harder

You know I'm having a harder time converting Bush bots and Hannity-bots to Ron Paulism (to become a Paulitician, a Paulunteer) than Democrats. These Bush bots and war mongers are a royal pain in the ass. They are brainwashed.

RON PAUL, 2008.

Ron Paul

Make a Utube Video

Great job. Thanks for the clarification.
I never understood why people stood for this or bush.
You should make a video so others will see where they are and understand how they too have come along the same road....and may be
like gandhi said.... Be the change that you want to see in the world.

I also

I also supported the war, and the reason I did this is because I thought that the Iraq war was defence. Our nation only goes to war when it has to and so if Iraq does possess WMD's and can give them to terrorists, then we must go to war to prevent that from happening. I no longer believe Iraq was a threat to us.. I started to change my mind slowly after I realized there were no weapons, Iraq could not have harmed the US, and we attacked and invade a country for reasons other than self defence.

The American Flag

The first thing that happened after 9/11 was that the flags came out. In Los Angeles, people put them on their cars, their homes, and on clothing. In Culver City, they put a HUGE flag (20' long, or more) on the front of city hall.

I realized that this use of the flag was fear-motivated. Like zebras running from lions, everyone was hiding behind the stripes, trying to blend in to the herd.

To this day, when I see an American flag being waved, I wonder what that person is afraid of. I realize it symbolizes other things as well, but it will take time for the symbolism to clarify.

I'm proud to say that waving a Ron Paul sign, just as waving an American flag did during the Revolution, shows more courage than fear!


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Excellent well thought out

Excellent well thought out points. If only other people blinded by Bushisms would have your courage to face the facts we would be better off.

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Great entry

For such a young man you are very mature and well spoken. Hopefully, we will all be able to live our lives in peace and prosperity starting with the Ron Paul victory in 2008!

The truth!

For I have seen it and it will set me free!

And it's name is Ron Paul!

Great Job...

Great Job...