I remember there was a time not too long ago (before Trump announced his presidential candidacy really), when George W. Bush was widely reviled as possibly the worst president in American history, and was pretty much regarded as a laughing stock the world over, for his perceived idiocy. However, times have changed, and now Trump is public enemy number one. He’s the kind of figure who is so hated that even a complete cretin like Bush is able to score brownie points off of criticising him. Seeing this happen kind of reminds me of this scene from a Batman/Captain America comic crossover. The Joker (one of the most ruthless and sadistic villains in the genre) is so disgusted when he realises that the Red Skull is a Nazi, that he suddenly starts acting virtuous in comparison.
Anyway, lets see what Bush had to say.
Former president George W. Bush described the current atmosphere in the country in dark terms, though he insisted that the current climate is not unprecedented in America’s history.
Yeah I would say things were probably a whole lot worse in late 2008 or so, after he crashed the economy and caused the worst recession in 80 years, or when he had the country gripped in a state of perpetual and unnecessary war.
“I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush told People magazine in a recent interview. “Nobody likes that.”
Yes, think of all the hurt feelings that might have been felt. What kind of a monster would say mean, hurtful things about others? Of course, it’s not as if the other side has taken the moral highground here, what with the speculation in the media that Trump’s youngest son Barron is autistic, or the mockery directed towards his wife, our beautiful Empress, for her English language skills.
Recently, the former president has been speaking out about the political climate in Washington, carefully lodging his objections to some of President Trump’s key policy objectives and rhetoric. The latest installment comes in People this week, as Bush is on a media tour to promote his book of portraits highlighting wounded veterans.
There we go. He’s probably just speaking out against Trump in order to drum up attention for his book. I doubt a psychopathic piece of shit like Bush honestly gives a damn about the hurt feelings of any minority that Trump might have said things about.
He made a clear distinction between his objection to meddling in the affairs of his successors and speaking out on subjects that affect his post-presidential Bush Center.
“When President Obama got elected, friends would call: ‘You must speak out! You must do this, you must do that.’ Turns out, other people are doing the same thing this time,” Bush said. “I didn’t feel like speaking out before because I didn’t want to complicate the job and I’m not going to this time. However, at the Bush Center we are speaking up.”
The reason he didn’t speak out against Obama, wasn’t because of some sense of decency on his part. He didn’t speak out, because the Republican and Democratic establishment are just two sides of the same coin. They’ll pretend to be different in order to give the ordinary American people the illusion of choice, but when it really comes down to it on the important issues, they’re basically identical. Trump on the other hand, for better or worse, is not a member of that political establishment, and is pursuing policies that are counter to their interests. That’s the real reason why Bush will speak out against Trump, but not against Obama, who was supposedly the leader of the enemy party.
That’s because the Bush Center does work — naturalization ceremonies and Texas-based leadership training for Muslim women — that brushes up against some of Trump’s most controversial proposals.
On Monday, in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Bush was asked specifically about Trump’s policies and offered a muted critique of the current president’s approach to talking about terrorism, his plans to ban immigration from predominantly Muslim countries, and his denunciation of the press.
Countries which the Obama administration singled out as being potential terrorist hotspots by the way. The ban is also only temporary (with Syria being the one exception and having an “indefinite” length of time for its ban). Meanwhile, the countries with the largest Muslim populations on the planet such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, etc., aren’t banned at all.
“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush said, when asked about Trump calling the media the “enemy of the people.” “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account.”
There’s still plenty of independent media out there, and even the ones that Trump has called out such as CNN, CBS, the New York Times, the Huffington Post etc., are still free to operate just fine. All he’s doing is calling them out on their lies, or their manipulation of narratives to suit an agenda. It’s not as if he’s rounding journalists up and putting them in prison, for saying things he doesn’t like.
Calling for peace you say? Well it might look that way when you cut the footage off just before she tells them to go riot in the suburbs instead, where all white people live.
Or how about this video that Mark Dice made about the time those four black thugs, kidnapped a mentally disabled white guy and tortured him? CBS Radio reported it in such a way to make it sound like it was actually four white Donald Trump supporters who kidnapped and tortured a black guy instead.
In fact, I’d recommend checking out Mark Dice’s entire playlist on “Fake News” to see more examples of this sort of carry on from the media.
According to People, Bush called the current political climate “pretty nasty” but maintained that he is optimistic about the country’s future.
“I’m optimistic about where we’ll end up,” Bush said. “We’ve been through these periods before and we’ve always had a way to come out of it. I’m more optimistic than some.”
Now I want to make something quite clear. I don’t believe for a second that Trump should be above criticism or scrutiny. In a democratic and free society, it’s important that people have the freedom to speak out and keep their elected representatives under pressure to implement the will of the people they are supposed to serve. While I do agree with Trump on quite a lot of issues, I don’t believe he deserves blind adoration.
However I do have to take exception to George W. Bush of all people, having the audacity to speak out against any alleged “racism” on Trump’s part. This is a man who launched not one, but two, highly destructive and unnecessary wars that resulted in the deaths of who knows how many, innocent Muslims. All deaths that could and should have been avoided. If Muslims weren’t radicalised already to hate America, they were sure given proper justification to do so, as a result of Bush’s evil foreign policies. Trump on the other hand has simply recognised the fact that a large number of Muslims hold views that are incompatible with America’s way of life (and the statistics available prove this), and wants to put a stop to Muslim immigration to the US (which he is perfectly entitled to do under US law).
So who exactly is worse? The man who started unnecessary (and illegal) wars that resulted in the deaths of huge numbers of people of a certain demographic? Or, the man who wants to stop immigration from people of this demographic, which is perfectly in line with the laws of his country, and is only being done to protect his own citizens, arguably, from the backlash caused by those aforementioned wars?
I know what I think anyway.