It has been a few years since the departure of the 43rd President of the United States, so maybe now is a good time to begin looking back at his legacy. Let's start with something that wouldn't have been apparent immediately after he left office... who would have ever predicted that the conservatism of George W. Bush would be questioned? Yet it has been whispered ever since the Tea Party took control of the Republican Party's narrative, and helped them regain control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Many moderate Republicans and even Democrats seem to be missing the Bush brand of the GOP. Bush may have... *passed tax cuts that included breaks for the rich (during a huge surplus) *wanted to privatize Social Security *opposed same-sex marriage *opposed abortion & federal funding of embryonic stem cell research *had a neoconservative foreign policy (never admitted it in word, but seemed to abandon this after Iraq got really bad in '06) *violated civil liberties in the name of national security (which Obama has very unfortunately continued) but he also... *expanded Medicare *passed national Education reform *respected Islam *respected Latinos and illegal immigrants and pushed for Immigration reform *wanted to end our "addiction to oil" *supported foreign aid (especially to combat AIDS in Africa) *supported government intervention during times of economic crisis (Did I miss anything?) Compare that to the Republican party stands on these same issues today, in the middle of 2011 ... a very stark contrast. If the Tea Party is here to stay, then Bush may very well be viewed as more liberal than conservative in the decades to come, just as how Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and Bush's father are all seen by historians today as moderates or liberals. Who would have ever thought that just a few years ago? What do you think?