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George W. Bush: Center or Far-Right?

Which Best Describes George W. Bush Politically?

  • He has always been a centrist.

    Votes: 3 20.0%
  • He has always been far to the right.

    Votes: 6 40.0%
  • He was a centrist in 2000 but is now far to the right.

    Votes: 1 6.7%
  • Other (Please explain)

    Votes: 5 33.3%

  • Total voters
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Arts&Sciences

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Based on most conventional political measurements, George W. Bush is far to the right of center, but I have seen some claims (especially on libertarian sites) that he is a centrist. It is my opinion that he was only slightly right of center (within the centrist range) in 2000, but that he has since drifted far to the right. I'll let you fill in the blank as to why.
 
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Neither. He's a crony capitalist. Period.

He talks a big game about instilling conservative values, but he has not really followed through. He also spends like a liberal, but not on entitlements. What are his politics? Making the Bush Rangers more money, making financial services more money, making insurance companies more money, making big pharmaceuticals more money, making oil companies more money, and currying favors--that's what his politics are.
 

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Bush is not far-right, because that would imply that he's a conservative. He's also certainly not a moderate. He's an authoritarian statist. He takes the worst parts of different ideologies (big-government socialism, crony capitalism, religious extremism, insanely aggressive foreign policies) and leaves the good parts behind.
 

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Kandahar said:
Bush is not far-right, because that would imply that he's a conservative. He's also certainly not a moderate. He's an authoritarian statist. He takes the worst parts of different ideologies (big-government socialism, crony capitalism, religious extremism, insanely aggressive foreign policies) and leaves the good parts behind.
I agree with everything above, but Extremism? How, where, when? If this guy was extremist in some way I'd at least have a shred of respect for him.

As Russel Hammond said above: "He talks a big game". If he actually put his money where his mouth is, then you could throw the label at him. Until then, an extremist he is not.
 

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Personally, I think that George W. Bush started out as a well-meaning centrist. I think that he still means well, but I think that foreign policy advice from neoconservatives combined with some sort of influence from religious Fundamentalism has caused the sharp right turn in Bush that we've seen over the last five years.
 

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Arts&Sciences said:
Based on most conventional political measurements, George W. Bush is far to the right of center, but I have seen some claims (especially on libertarian sites) that he is a centrist. It is my opinion that he was only slightly right of center (within the centrist range) in 2000, but that he has since drifted far to the right. I'll let you fill in the blank as to why.
You forgot to add liberal to that poll.Fiscally he is a liberal,on immigration he is a liberal, and he is proably liberal in many other issues too.
 
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