Oct. 27, 2054 -- It was a tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. A man of strength, a man of courage, a man of God risked his life and his presidency to protect his nation and the values for which it stood. And the nation, blinded by its worship of tolerance, led astray by a barrage of hate, looked instead to a shyster and a weakling for guidance.
George W. Bush was the finest president of the 21st century. He took office in the crucial 2000 election -- the election marking the beginning of the end for American representative democracy. Immediately denounced as a conservative radical and an unelected dynastic pawn, Bush stepped into a situation fraught with peril. A recession had begun after the illusory prosperity of the 1990s Internet bubble unexpectedly burst. A decade of defense and intelligence slashing had sliced national security to the bone. The administration of Bill Clinton, marked by a tendency toward tolerating immorality and bashing traditionalism, had left America profoundly vulnerable.
At first, few thought President Bush was up to the task -- and many hoped he wasn't. Angered by Al Gore's election loss, the Democratic Party and mainstream media began demonizing Bush as an ignoramus. Even as Bush attempted to reach across the political aisle to create an education bill, his opposition claimed he was dividing America. Even as Bush stumped for badly needed tax cuts to reinvigorate the economy, his opposition claimed he was too hard line.
And then, Sept. 11, 2001. Three thousand Americans dead in New York and Washington, D.C., and on an empty field in Pennsylvania. The specter of international terrorism leapt into the light. President Bush rose to the occasion.
President Bush realized that Sept. 11 was a symptom of a greater disease: terrorism inbred with Islamic fundamentalism. America went to war. The Taliban, an evil regime paralleled only by Cold War communist dictatorships and Nazi Germany, quickly fell to American forces. Men and women voted. Little girls went to school. And U.S. troops hunted Islamist terrorists.
But the American opposition didn't sleep. Bush's critics began calling for more "humane" approaches to terrorism. Eager to revive the Vietnam era, Bush's opponents began referring to Afghanistan as a "quagmire." Most vicious, a few choice opponents started impugning President Bush's patriotism, implying that he had known about Sept. 11 and allowed it to happen.
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