The following is a relatively short list of the sizeable accomplishments of the Bush presidency:
The brilliantly engineered conversion of the sovereign state of Iraq into a full-fledged terrorist state bordering on the abyss of all out civil war
The revolutionary transformation of a budget surplus into a staggering budget deficit
The steady rise in poverty, hunger and homelessness in America
The well orchestrated transfer of wealth from the vast majority of Americans to the affluent class
The transfer of huge amounts of public wealth and resources into private hands
The steady diminution of environmental safety and standards
The incorporation of unsavory and illegal practices in the everyday business of government to the extent that it has become a high art
The institution of brutal methods of torture and intimidation in the practices of the military in the name of the war on terror
The often explicit support of extremist fundamentalist christian views in government pronouncements and policies
A unabashed quest for empire that has left much of the world fearful of America and its people
The steady militarization of American civil life in the name of the war on terror
The ineluctable decline of democracy and democratic institutions.
These achievements are shining examples of the wondrous benefits of such leadership. We certainly should hold up the emperor in our prayers and salutations.