Obama or Bush?

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Bush or Obama? These two controversial men can bring up many disputes about who was a better president. Both of these men have done great things, yet have also had many struggles in office….but who was better? I’m obviously coming from a biased view point, but the person I believe was much better was president Bush. He obviously didn’t do everything perfectly, or even close to perfect, but who he was as a person in general, really stuck out to me and is the reason why I think he was a better president than Obama.

A crucial role of the president, is being a good and reliable leader. Not only was he these things, but he also showed that he genuinely cared for the country and would go the extra mile to help the people. A great example of this is Bush’s response to the terrorist attack of 9/11. During the attack, he was in an elementary school in Florida, apart of a reading lesson. When he got word of the attack, he remained totally calm in front of the children, because he didn’t want to terrify them and let their brains run wild in imagination. When it was the appropriate time, he took immediate action, and handled things in a proper and well-run way. A little bit after the attack, when it was safe, he showed genuine care for the situation that had just taken place.
For those who lost their loved ones, he went to Ground Zero site to pray and cry with the friends and families of the 3,000 who had died. He also made a 3 step process in response. 1) Keep terrorists from striking again 2) Make it clear to the country and the World that the US had embarked on a new kind of war 3) Help the affected areas recover and make sure the terrorists didn’t succeed in shutting down the economy or dividing society. After the 9/11 attack, Bush’s approval ratings skyrocketed up 90%. Obama, on the other hand, when there is a tragedy, he rarely makes an appearance. For example: After the death of a journalist, James Foley who was beheaded by ISIS, Obama didn’t make a public appearance to help comfort the country. This, in my eyes, is a lack of effort of a leader by Obama.
Another hot topic we come across were foreign affairs. A big problem in my eyes is that, Obama wreaked our military by cutting expenses. Another mistake is that he made a huge threat of war against Iran when he had no evidence of nuclear weapons. Another issue he has had has been with Isis, and with this, our relationships with other countries have become weaker.

In conclusion, I think Bush did a better job in office, and I really like Bush for his leadership and public faith, like how he recited Psalm 23 in a speech and that he made September 14th the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.

What Makes a Bad Government

image                      There are so many different aspects that go into the development of a government, and over the years there have been many ideas shot down, or ideas that have become a reality. Through these ideas, there are many “do’s and don’t’s” which have been figured out over the course of the years. As we all know, every government has flaws, even the “best” government on earth. And before doing research, I was pretty naive to how important it is to have a well run government and how hard it is to run one well. There are so many attributes that go into a well run government, so here is a top 10 list of “don’t’s” in running of government successfully.

10. A government without checks and balances.
A government without checks and balances gives opportunity for one, single person to control everything!  Checks and Balances give limitations and restrictions, so that not one branch of government can become too powerful. An example of a country without checks and balances is North Korea.

9. An un-unified government
Think of any form of leadership today. For example, in softball, there is a third basemen coach and a first basemen coach and if they weren’t unified as a staff, then you wouldn’t be a successful team. They would both be sending different messages to their players, which would result in the team getting no where. This is the same in a government. If there isn’t unity amongst the leaders, the country would be very unsuccessful as a whole.

8. A selfish, self-centered leader
This type of leader would only be looking out for him/herself. This would benefit no one but themselves, and in any type of monarchy, there would be no way to get them out of office. So this is a super important piece of government. If your leader is selfish, they aren’t going to look at the whole picture for the country/nation’s benefit. This is also where the abuse of power can factor in.

7. A lack of enforcement
To gain authority of people, there needs to be an enforcement of the laws and regulations that have been set. If there was a cop that allowed every car he saw go 30 miles an hour over the speed limit, then the people would think they can get away with more, which would lead to complete chaos.

6. An untrustworthy leader
An untrustworthy leader can be extremely detrimental to a country. Someone who comes to my mind is Hillary Clinton with the email issue.  If a leader can’t be trusted, How is it possible that they are qualified for leading a whole entire country?

5. A government who has given all the power and control to one person
This could potentially be super detrimental to a nation. This opens the door to power abuse. It’s so easy for pride to take over in someone’s life, especially someone in a position of great power. So this could definitely lead to terrible things. This is why it’s important to have the leader have something/someone to own up to.
-Ex: North Korea
•the people are completely controlled by Kim Jong Un https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong-un

4. A government that doesn’t keep the rights of the people a priority
The rights of the people is one of the most important aspects of any government ran. And if rights are taken away, there would be a lack of equality, and no one would know what they are allowed to do.

3. A government that isn’t focused around what is best for the people and the country.
A government that excludes the people, will lead to the majority of the people unhappy and potentially rebellious and disrespectful, refusing to submit.

2. A government without a solid military
Without a solid Military, there wouldn’t be a sense of security amongst the people. It’s so important to have a well rounded military, to protect the people of the country.

1. A government with no established constitution.
I believe this to be one of the most important factors of a government. Without an established constitution, we would all be in the hands of one person. Our safety, security and our lives. This is crucial because there is so much evil in this world, and to have an evil leader could be a terribly, awful problem to have. And as a whole for the people, without the constitution, there would be no laws, which would result in utter chaos.

These are the main highlights of what I believe make a government bad.