Libertarian Party daily poll: Was George W. Bush a good president?


http://www.lp.org/poll/was-george-w-bush-a-good-president

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22 thoughts on “Libertarian Party daily poll: Was George W. Bush a good president?

  1. Robert Capozzi

    I’m somewhat surprised that this poll has elicited ANY Yeses or Maybes.

    For me, Bush has been a disaster, although I’ll cut him a little time to rank him. I also cut him the tiniest of slack for the crazy animal spirits that 9/11 brought out.

    Iraq was at least as bad as Vietnam, maybe worse, in my book. His economic policies were generally poor, and worse, given that he claims to be free market. His Rove-ian pandering to cultural hatred was offensive.

    Of course, Bush creates an opportunity for the LP, as many R voters are L-leaning. I hope we can capitalize on the opportunity.

  2. Ayn R. Key

    I do see (at this time) 18 votes for “yes”.

    I wonder how many times Dondero voted, and why he still thinks that he has anything to do with libertarianism.

  3. Rocky Eades

    Well, at least 50% of those voting in the LP.org poll think that Bush was not a good president. That doesn’t mean that they all think he was a bad president, only that he was not “good”.

  4. Steven R Linnabary

    WTF??!!

    I don’t know whether to cry or not as I sit here in stunned disbelief. STUNNED!!

    How did such an idiotic question get on the site in a poll? How could any self respecting Libertarian say Bush was a good President? What did he do that was good?

    Bush has been far worse than Nixon ever was. And it was Nixon’s failed war policy and his failed monetary policy that led to the creation of the LP.

    Clearly, Bush’s war policy AND Bush’s monetary policy are far worse than even Nixon’s.

    And yet, only 58% of respondents (at this moment) take the correct position that Bush is NOT a good President. Clearly, this poll is being spammed.

    This poll is an embarrassment, and will leave the LP open to ridicule.

    PEACE

  5. sunshinebatman

    LP Poll: Could our poll questions be gayer?

    * Yes
    * No
    * I am Outright outraged at your question!

  6. Coming on the back of the LP

    Linnabary, why are you stunned? The LP is filled to the brim with pro war bush lapdogs.

  7. Steven R Linnabary

    Linnabary, why are you stunned? The LP is filled to the brim with pro war bush lapdogs.

    Because I’ve been an LP activist since the very early 80’s.

    The war isn’t the only Bush legacy. There are also the destruction of civil liberties and bailout after bailout of failed industries.

    Still, the question du jour will lead the first time visitor to the wrong conclusion about the LP. I cannot think of a more idiotic question to ask on our LP site. I can only hope the site has been spammed.

    The first time visitor will obviously think the LP is a pro war, pro bailout and anti civil liberties entity. In which case, why should the LP even exist?

    PEACE

  8. Robert Capozzi

    SL: The first time visitor will obviously think the LP is a pro war, pro bailout and anti civil liberties entity. In which case, why should the LP even exist?

    Me: That seems to overstate by a lot. I’m on record suggesting ending the polls for a host of reasons, but a first time visitor will see all sorts of pro-freedom material on LP.org.

  9. Coming on the back of the LP

    Because I’ve been an LP activist since the very early 80’s.

    Sunk costs. Chasing good money/activist time after bad.


    The war isn’t the only Bush legacy. There are also the destruction of civil liberties and bailout after bailout of failed industries.

    True, but he is a right wing Republican and the “libertarian party” exists mainly as a footstool for those.


    Still, the question du jour will lead the first time visitor to the wrong conclusion about the LP.

    It will lead them to the right conclusion and keep them from wasting their time on the Loser Posers – hopefully.


    I cannot think of a more idiotic question to ask on our LP site.

    Give the office staff a day or several, they will think of some.


    I can only hope the site has been spammed.

    No, the whole party has been spammed. Just look at the results of the 2006 and 2008 conventions for starters.


    The first time visitor will obviously think the LP is a pro war, pro bailout and anti civil liberties entity.

    And be correct.


    In which case, why should the LP even exist?

    It shouldn’t. Put it out of its misery now.

  10. Coming on the back of the LP

    Current results

    Yes, Bush was a good president
    47% (309 votes)

    Maybe
    8% (50 votes)

    No
    46% (301 votes)

    Total votes: 660

  11. Coming on the back of the LP

    From the freepers comments, it looks like the freepers may have helped increase the percentage of “no, he was not a good president” votes, compared to the Loser Poser regulars.

  12. Scotty Boman

    Apparently, many of you are falsely assuming that only LP members vote in this online poll. ANYONE CAN VOTE IN IT! With remarks like, “In which case, why should the LP even exist? It shouldn’t.” being the result, it would be tempting for a few Republicans (or even Democrats) to post non-libertarian responses on those polls. That way they could watch the LP self destruct and remove the last meager obstacle to absolute statism.

    However, I think it is more likely that some of the curious people checking out the site are also Bush supporters. After all he did win two elections, and even got a majority in the second one.

  13. Coming on the back of the LP

    watch the LP self destruct

    Sounds good to me


    remove the last meager obstacle to absolute statism.

    I’m sorry. I just can’t think of any ways to describe how hard I’m laughing at that notion right now. It hurts. It does.

    The LP is the last obstacle to statism? It is no obstacle to anything except libertarians putting their time to any of about a thousand better uses.

    For the sake of liberty and all that is good, it needs to die. Providing some entertainment as it circles the drain is an added bonus.

    By the way, Bush Jr. did not win any national elections.

  14. Steven R Linnabary

    The LP is the last obstacle to statism? It is no obstacle to anything except libertarians putting their time to any of about a thousand better uses.

    More of a speed bump, IMHO. But speed bumps DO serve a purpose.

    And you are correct that there are at least a thousand other ways for libertarians to put their time. But taken together, they amount to little more than a “yield” sign.

    But every once in a while, the LP (and/or it’s candidates) does cause the statists to make a U-turn.

    For the sake of liberty and all that is good, it needs to die.

    It ain’t gonna die, not for a long time. The LP has a long way to go before it reaches the status of the Natural Law, Reform or New Alliance Parties.

    Providing some entertainment as it circles the drain is an added bonus.

    Spoken like a true statist. Every election cycle sees democrats and republicans mocking one or all Libertarians.

    And while I’ve been embarrassed by some LP candidates (or the way they might state a position), I need only point to some of the seriously crazy ideas and candidates put forth by the democrats and republicans.

    PEACE

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