In yesterday's post, "50 Reasons To Despise George W. Bush," we thought that would be the end of piling on Dubya for awhile, BUT a few Sheeplets questioned whether Bush 43 was one of the worst and most destructive Presidents we've ever had, leading us to a few more observations today - and this is hopefully the last we've heard about that horrible excuse for a man for awhile, starting with the following article from Mark Karlin, Editor of Buzzflash at Truthout.org, "George W. Bush's Presidential Library Is a Fraud: He Was Installed in a Right Wing Putsch."
(And see "How Bush Got Elected Twice (The Electoral College for Dummies!)."
Bush wants "history" to judge his presidency, not the perceptions of those that lived through that nightmare, and if posterity is to remember anything about him, it's that he stole the Presidency - at least once:
"Of Thursday's dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library, NPR headlines an article that details how President 'Obama's Bush Library Speech Leaves Iraq And More Unspoken.'
"Most Americans of both parties have, over the years, appeared to have adopted the attitude that the stolen election of 2000 is something the nation has gotten over. But it's hard not to underscore that the George W. Bush presidential library is really a fraud.
"After all, Bush was never elected president. On the 10th anniversary of his anointment by the Supreme Court, and particularly by the stay of the Florida state-mandated recount by Antonin Scalia – a long-time buddy of Dick Cheney and rabid right wing partisan. In 2010,Eric Alterman recounted just some of the machinations that led to an election that was stolen even before the votes were cast (which was done with a number of voter suppression strategies, including the purging of tens of thousands of largely minority voters in Florida done by a firm called ChoicePoint) on the tenth anniversary of the legalized putsch.
"The coup was openly revealed in Scalia's infamous stay of a state-mandated recount (Bush, by the way, as governor of Texas signed a bill that would have made a recount in Florida automatic if the vote were as close in Texas as it officially was in the Sunshine State) when he stated that a recount "threatens irreperable harm to [Bush] and to the country, by casting a cloud upon what he claims to be the legitimacy of his election." In short, Scalia is saying that if Bush lost after a recount it would hurt his reputation as president since the Supreme Court would install him in the White House no matter what the voters decided in Florida. (Remember that Al Gore won the national popular vote by more than 540,000 votes.)"
(And as we must interject once again, he also lost the Electoral votes...[although]..."the national news reported a slew of headlines asserting that Bush would have prevailed. -- Joyce, Jnr.)
"The conclusion was erroneous. The newspapers assumed that the counties would only have looked at “undervotes” — ballots that did not register any votes for president — and ignored “overvotes” — ballots that registered more than one vote for president. An overvote would be a ballot in which the machine mistakenly picked up a second vote for president, or in which a voter both marked a box and wrote in the name of the same candidate. A hand recount in which an examiner is judging the “intent of the voter” would turn those ballots that were originally discarded into countable votes.
"Counting overvotes in which the intent of the voter was clear would have resulted in Gore winning the recount. And subsequent reporting by the Orlando Sentinel and Michael Isikoff found that the recount, had it proceeded, almost certainly would have examined overvotes. (Most of the links have been lost over time, but you can find references here and here.)" (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/06/yes-bush-v-gore-did-steal-the-election.html)
"Recently, I was re-reading one of BuzzFlash's interviews with Kevin Phillips. Phillips was a high-ranking Republican strategist during the Nixon years, who has since penned scathing books about the GOP abandoning principles and replacing them with the goal of protecting the wealthy. He also was a keen critic of the stolen 2000 election, writing that the Bush family excelled at stealing their way into public office through vote manipulation. He pointed to Duval County in Florida that George Herbert Walker Bush lost when he carried the Sunshine State by more than 600,000 votes in 1988. But in 2000, his son won Duval County by several thousand votes. Isn't that a bit odd to say the least?
"There is so much evidence related to the stolen election of 2000, all of which amounts to sophisticated voter theft strategies that would make a banana republic proud.
"No, it's not over. Bush's presidential library should represent the house of horrors that he brought to this nation as a losing candidate who was put in power by a widespread network, including his brother, the governor of Florida at the time, and his brother's ambitious secretary of state.
"Last week according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Bush said that he has no regrets about his presidency:
"Ten years after leading the United States into war with Iraq, and despite leaving office with historically low poll ratings, George W. Bush says he has no regrets about his presidency.
'''I'm comfortable with what I did,' Mr Bush said, during a rare interview. 'I'm comfortable with who I am.'
"Breaking a silence that he maintained through the costly war's 10th anniversary, Mr Bush said it was 'easy to forget what life was like when the decision was made' to invade.
"However, 'nobody likes to be criticized all the time', he told The Dallas Morning News, his local newspaper in Texas.
"Thieves rarely have regrets unless they get caught.
"It is ironic that President Obama praised his predecessor at the library dedication, when Obama's State Department is claiming that the Venezuelan election to replace Chavez is suspect.
"The right wing coup that put Bush into office wasn't a suspected theft of an election; it was a mugging of democracy in broad daylight."
This brings us to the final story today, "Bush and the American Right Wing: Top Ten Ways they are Like the Children of an Alcoholic," by Juan Cole at Juancole.com:
"It is a well-known syndrome in alcoholic and/or abusive families that the child runs to the abusive parent, and makes excuses for him or her. In fact there are a whole set of syndromes afflicting the poor adults who lived through that horror as children.
(Another note: Bush was believed by many experts to be the victim of Fetal Alcoholic Syndrome, possibly brought about by his country club, gin-swigging mother..."Adults with FAS are at high risk for mental health problems. They are often socially isolated, have difficulty with interpersonal relationships and may have difficulty functioning in many environments. Adults with FAS have spotty memories and often have difficulty distinguishing fact from fantasy. They need supported housing and employment programs because independent living is rarely an option." See http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x231653)
"The fawning interviews attending the opening of the George W. Bush presidential library, for the least bookish of all our presidents, struck me as having a lot of resemblance to those syndromes. America has a problem holding its high elected officials to account. A republic as the founding generation envisaged it is a collective of equals. We have no king, no one who is above the law. Some of us serve the public through elective office for a while. If we do it honorably we get thanks. If we do it dishonorably, we should be tried for our crimes or at the very least suffer opprobrium in polite society. The emergence of the imperial presidency in the twentieth century and until now is an affront to those republican values, a descent into empire and monarchy and lack of accountability. For ex-presidents everything is forgiven over time. We named the airport in our national capital for a man who sold weapons stolen from Pentagon warehouses to Ayatollah Khomeini at at time the latter was on a terror watch list, and used the black money thus gained to support right wing death squads in Central America. We let a war criminal pronounce himself comfortable with his crimes against humanity.
"1. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth. They have to constantly make excuses for the criminal behavior of their ex-president. For instance, it is often alleged that all international intelligence agencies agreed with the Bush administration that Iraq had ‘weapons mass destruction.’ But the French did not, and the Germans had serious questions. It is not true, just a lie that we are forced to tell in order to protect an war-addicted president. Likewise, they often maintain that WMD actually was found in Iraq (wrong) or that it was moved to Syria (not true) or that Saddam Hussein was tied to al-Qaeda (false). Or they may downplay the number of Iraqis killed as a result of the illegal US invasion. Or they may say that waterboarding and stress positions are not torture and that ‘the US does not torture.’
"2. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents are super responsible or super irresponsible.
"Some supporters of a criminal ex-president become controlling and need everything to be in order all the time, suffering from anxiety and perfectionism. They have a compulsion to bust unions to prevent strikes, and to send troops to places like Iran and Syria, to put them in order, or to insist on enormous military budgets several times larger than any other country in the world.
"Others become highly irresponsible party animals, insisting that the rich be exempted from taxes, opposing all gun control, arguing for further deregulation of banks, spoiling the environment, abusing minorities, and becoming addicted to Fox Cable News.
"3. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents are supremely loyal, even in the face of evidence that the loyalty is undeserved.
"They are used to dealing with a habitual offender. They take care of him, and are told ‘it wasn’t his fault’ or ‘he didn’t really mean it.’ They have such lowered expectations for their politicians that they will vote for the Tea Party or Michelle Bachmann. They often end up in an unhealthy relationship with another abusive politician.
"4. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents have difficulty completing political projects. They were used to being interrupted constantly by the abuser during his administration. They might have been balancing the budget in 1999 but when the abuser showed up they’d have to cut taxes so deeply on the rich and devote so many trillions to foreign military adventures that they’d just forget about the health of the budget. Afterward, they might take up gun registration reform but then just abandon it in the middle. Since they weren’t accustomed to successful follow-through, they became chronically flaky.
"5. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents have difficulty with intimate political relationships. Since their previous president constantly lied to them in order to trick them into supporting illegal wars, they develop a deep distrust of others. Having learned that politicians are not trustworthy, they think a subsequent president wasn’t really born in America, or that universal health care involves death panels, or that scientists are lying about global warming or that the United Nations is not really a collective seeking world peace but a sinister conspiracy with Blackhawk helicopters positioned in Montana.
"6. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents have to guess at what normal behavior is. Having been lied to, sent to war under false pretexts, and told that regulating banks or polluting industries is wrong, they do not have any idea what normal political life is like. They occasionally get glimpses of it on MSNBC on television, or when they visit their friends (if they have any) who vote for the Democratic Party, or just by guessing at what normal politics might be like.
"7. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents have difficulty having fun. Having been constantly traumatized by being told they are in a war on terror, a war on drugs, and several actual wars, adult followers of abusive ex-presidents don’t know how to enjoy life. They don’t know how to look forward to the prospect that by 2015 the US will not be at war for the first time in 14 years. They cannot enjoy video games, which they blame for gun violence, or television, which they see as immoral and basically gay, or Comedy Central shows like the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, which they see as part of a liberal conspiracy.
"8. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents take themselves very seriously. Because they were told that other people hate their values and they are the indispensable nation that must intervene everywhere in the world, they cannot ever lighten up. They are holding up the world, which if left to the effeminate Europeans, dictatorial Chinese or violent Muslims, would go to hell in a hand basket.
"9. Adult constituents of abusive ex-presidents overreact to changes over which they have no control. They obsess 24/7 over any act of terrorism not committed by white supremacists. They grew up with an unpredictable president who might invade a new country any time, producing anxiety.
"10. Adult constituents of abusive ex-president are impulsive. They tend to commit themselves to a course of action without giving serious consideration to other possibilities or to what might happen if they act this way. They’ll suddenly start maintaining that raped women cannot get pregnant or that the 17,000 women a year who become pregnant as a result of rape don’t exist or don’t matter. They cannot imagine that this stance might cause them to lose political elections. Then they beat themselves up for being the party of stupid or they say “we’ve had enough Bushes’ because of their self-loathing."
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome aside, it doesn't take too much imagination to explain the behavior of a son whose mother was a poor excuse for a human being herself:
"Barbara Bush: Things Working Out “Very Well” for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans. Accompanying her husband, former President George H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, 'This is working very well for them.'
"The former First Lady’s remarks were aired this evening on National Public Radio’s 'Marketplace' program.
"Then she added: 'What Im hearing is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.
“'And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this–this [she chuckles slightly] is working very well for them.'
"And here’s a link to the audio of the NPR Marketplace segment containing this incredible quote. It’s real. Although some people might I suppose call it a nervous giggle rather than a chuckle."
The fruit doesn't fall too far from the tree, and neither do the nuts.
The Bush presidency was the proof that Conservatism is a vast, criminal conspiracy. As we've noted before, the Conservatives' mantra of balanced budgets was put to rest when Cheney was asked how the Clinton surplus was going to pay down the deficit, and he replied that it wouldn't. It would either be eliminated by lower taxation (for the rich, of course) or by returning it to the taxpayers. The second approach was taken, but it matters little - the balanced budget "policy" of even the "compassionate" Conservatives was a joke, and exposed the Conservative "philosophy" for was it's always been: the voice of the greediest and wealthiest among us, the belief that the rich should rule, and that class warfare was the main weapon in their arsenal.
Conservatism isn't a belief system, it's a refuge for the largest criminal cartel in U.S. history.
"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty."