. . .But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led. . .
President Bush short farewell speech last night was a dignified ending to his White House tenure. The President made some mistakes, and at a more appropriate time, and after time for some perspective, these can be discussed.
President Bush was right on all the big things, and in the long term his presidency will receive better reviews from historians than it has from pundits and the bi-coastal media. With the possible exception of Governor Palin, no figure in modern American politics has been so maligned: the vitriol and relish with which his detractors have attacked his reputation and policies has actually obscured legitimate criticism and critique of his administration.
In any case, I expect that his administration is going to seem like a golden age compared to what is likely to follow. I was proud to support President Bush, I have no regrets, and I would vote for him again.