Over the last six years, the Republicans have allowed President George Bush to distort one of the basic definitions of the word, “Republican.” President Bush has caused for the National view of Republicans to change, and it will take a long time to change that perception back.
A Republican is someone who wants the Federal Government to give up power to the States. Republicans want the Federal Government to shrink, and for the State Governments to grow. They believe that the Federal Government’s job is to keep everything flowing like a manager, and should not have a large workload that will take it away from doing its task.
Over the last six years, President Bush has pushed for the Federal Government to expand and have more power. President Bush has signed more powers over to FEMA, created the Office of Homeland Security, increased the scope of the CIA and FBI, and signed the Patriot Act into law.
All of these actions have increased the size and scope of the Federal Government, something that he should be against since he is a Republican. Granted, changes needed to be made after 9/11, but the increases have caused for more problems then they were worth.
The prime example for this would be the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. FEMA had been given all of the power and responsibility for the disaster. Instead of being able to rely on other sectors in the Government, FEMA had to try to do everything itself.
Most of the specialists that had been moved into FEMA from other areas were not familiar with the disaster relief programs that FEMA ran. Many of the new college students that were hired did not have the experience to deal with a disaster.
Also, FEMA had been given powers that had originally been held by the States. FEMA was not intoned to dealing with the States on the level that they needed to for the disaster. The States that were affected by the storm and damage did not like the fact that they had to take direction from an outside group.
During this entire time when President Bush was signing all of these new bills into law, and getting everything he was requesting, most Republicans were allowing it to happen. There were very few that wanted to rock the boat and make others think that they were unpatriotic.
During this entire time, President Bush was pushing that anyone who did not stand with him on the changes that he needed to make was unpatriotic. The Republicans in Congress allowed the President to completely go against what they believed so that they did not look bad in front of the American people.
Now that these same Republicans are realizing that the decisions made were not the best for the American people, they are scrambling around trying to figure out how they are going to rectify their image. They are wondering how it has become that Republicans are being known for wanting to increase the size and power of the Federal Government.
The Republicans are also looking at the Democrats who voted against these changes and wondering how the Democrats knew enough to realize that these changes were not good. The Republicans are wondering how they have changed places with the Democrats as being the political party that wants the Federal Government to have more power and control of the American people.
Currently, it is very easy to tell that many in Congress are trying to distance themselves from President Bush. Just watch the debates and see how many of the Republicans are trying to show how they are diffferent from Bush.