By Keith Nobles

When Ronald Reagan died, I seriously contemplated buying an airplane ticket and going to DC to pay my respects.

Ronald Reagan’s willingness and ability and courage to bring the Cold War to an end without a single mushroom cloud is deserving of the respect and thanks of every human being on the planet.
My respect for Ronald Reagan is not hero worship, it is acknowledgment of true greatness in expanding freedom and bring to a close the most dangerous chapter in human history without a hot war or general slaughter of anything but a few communist here and there – and doing that in the face of all the so-called experts proclaiming that it could not be done.
Reagan had a lot more guts than most people are willing to concede, more than his immediate predecessors or any of successors in the office possessed by a large margin.
I do not know of anyone who had that level of respect for George H.W. Bush. Anyone.
The Democrats at the time said many of the same things about Bush that they say about Trump today. Conservatives largely disowned Bush because he was much more Nixon than Reagan (and I have maintained for a long time that the biggest mistake Reagan made was making Bush his heir apparent rather than Kemp).
That is not to say that Bush did not successfully accomplish some meaningful and important things, he did. Perhaps the saddest commentary on the United States is that, when compared to Reagan, Bush looked like a child but when he is compared to Clinton, W, Obama and Trump he looks like a giant.
Bush was in somewhat of lose/lose position as President in that he was much like the fellow who replaced John Wooden or Lou Gehrig. In a way he was going to be held up against a standard that would be impossible to meet – but that does not excuse his instinct for Nixonian solutions.
In a very real way George H.W. Bush derailed the Reagan Revolution toward more freedom in favor of a globalist perspective. Granted, the globalist perspective was aimed at creating a world where WW III would be less likely due to the intertwining of national and economic interest – but the compromises made of freedom in order to create and perpetuate this system were in direct conflict with the Reagan view of the world.
It would appear that this system fabricated by Bush and Helmut Kohl and others may be soon completing the course and the legacy may be, rather than enhanced freedom, enhanced government tools and public acceptance for oppression and control.
That is perhaps not what George H.W. Bush intended but it was entirely predictable.