The George H.W. Bush promise that changed the Republican Party

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  • Published on:  Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Six words that changed conservatism, and American politics.Subscribe to our channel! give hundreds of speeches, but, for better or worse, Americans tend to remember just a few one-liners. For George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st US president, that line was his pledge at 1988 Republican National Convention when he accepted the nomination.“Read my lips. No. New. Taxes.”The crowd roared in approval, but their cheers were short lived. That’s because when Bush took over the Oval Office, he inherited the consequences of his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s supply-side or “trickle down” economics: massive budget deficits. And in 1990, Bush broke his promise and raised taxes.Bush was a traditional “country club” Republican, whose relatively moderate economic and social beliefs contrasted with more right wing conservatives that had supported Ronald Reagan. So when he lost to Bill Clinton in 1992, Reaganites abandoned a moderate, bipartisan approach to politics and the Republican Party has moved further to the right ever is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


  • Vox
    Vox  a years ago +511

    How did the Republicans go from the party of Abraham Lincoln to Donald Trump today?
    Watch our history of the GOP:

  • StringerNews1
    StringerNews1  a years ago +4302

    Remember when one single lie from a POTUS was an outrageous thing?

  • Ahabar Hossain
    Ahabar Hossain  a years ago +1154

    "His party had become so unrecognizable in his lifetime the former president voted for the wife of the man who had beat him 24 years earlier" -Dang, that's powerful Vox

  • bob thompkins
    bob thompkins  a years ago +1741

    A true president, one who picks country over party.

  • Ki-Sean Excell
    Ki-Sean Excell  a years ago +381

    Why was Reagan’s one liner “Oh there ya go again” I mean if I’m thinking of his best one liner it’s gonna be “Mr.Gorbachev Tear down this wall” that’s his best.

  • Camden Carter
    Camden Carter  a years ago +220

    That's cool he was able to work with democrats. We need more politicians willing to be bipartisan.

  • Seth A. Coll
    Seth A. Coll  9 months ago +95

    "For the environment." Makes me want to cry that Republicans completely abandoned this.

  • edgarjx1
    edgarjx1  4 months ago +57

    George Washington WARNED us not to create political parties.

  • shingshongshamalama
    shingshongshamalama  a years ago +35

    Gotta love the conservative economic plan.
    1: Cut taxes.
    2: Run out of money to run the government.
    3: ?????
    4: Who cares we're rich lol

  • themaster408
    themaster408  a years ago +1388 I like Bush Sr now? I never knew he went so middle on certain things. A republican that cared about the environment and disabled? My, how far that party has fallen.

  • bball
    bball  a years ago +386

    I'm a moderate conservative in my country but I would be a solid Democrat in the US. It's amazing how far right you guys are.

  • Anubis
    Anubis  8 months ago +50

    RIP George H.W. Bush (1924-2019)

  • Jordan Conley
    Jordan Conley  1 months ago +34

    That George Bush voted for clinton tells you everything you need to know about how terrible a two party lesser evil system is.

  • Maximiliano Zuñixtli
    Maximiliano Zuñixtli  4 months ago +20

    I'm a strong democrat, I would've voted for Bush.

  • WaleedMiner
    WaleedMiner  8 months ago +140

    R.I.P. George H.W. Bush

  • Jon Christian
    Jon Christian  1 months ago +37

    I probably would've voted for Bush 41 in '88 and '92. I voted for McCain in '08, my first election.
    I do not ever see me voting for another Republican for the rest of my life.

  • Tywin Alexander Cesare Danaë de Borgía

    "Country over Party"
    That's what everyone should strive for, not just power but for the people.

  • Hlheutte
    Hlheutte  a years ago +131

    Vox a left leaning news source has somehow made me like bush more..... wow ok

  • Peer Noone
    Peer Noone  8 months ago +39

    RIP Bush. Thank you for your service.

  • BuddyL
    BuddyL  a years ago +364

    02:50: "Reaganomics" and "Trickle-down Economics" failed? I am SO shocked!🤣
    Eisenhower (a Republican) taxed the richest Americans at 90%, and they STILL lived like kings.💵 That's what inspired HW Bush. It was - and still is - a great idea.🇺🇸