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The 'liegacy' of George W. Bush

29.01.2007
 
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The 'liegacy' of George W. Bush

Mere hours after America’s first dictator, George W. Bush, concluded his “State of the Union” speech, pundits opined that he was clearly attempting to resuscitate and improve his “legacy.” Some even argued that Bush’s low approval ratings were analogous to those once experienced by Harry Truman, who is now viewed as one of the most successful presidents in United States history.

But pundits and historians need not wait years or decades for the Bush legacy to be defined. As a courtesy to them, and to Pravda.Ru readers, this article will establish, once and for all, the “legacy” of George W. Bush. His legacy is that of:

1. A Silver-Spooned Brat: The neo-fascist movement in America, which catapulted the Bush dictatorship into power, mindlessly applauds his alleged “passion” and resolve. But these facades are now failing to conceal Bush’s megalomania, obtuseness, and obstinacy from the rest of America.

Born into wealth and power, Bush’s behavior is synonymous with a spoiled child who gets his way by holding his breath and pouting. But even more vile is the fact that Bush, who has been given all the advantages in life and who owes his education, income and advancement to his family’s wealth and influence, actually possessed the audacity to denounce affirmative action policies, intended to remedy racial and gender discrimination, as “preferential treatment” that prevents people from advancing on their own merit.

Even a cursory glance at the so-called leaders in America’s business, political, and entertainment industries illustrates the disingenuousness of this argument. Like Bush, most of these so-called leaders occupy their positions not because of merit, but because of family or marital wealth and connections. In fact, one of the most recent examples of this reality can be discerned in NBC Television’s The Apprentice, starring business mogul Donald Trump. Although the premise of this program is to gauge the business acumen of contestants through their success or failure in completing certain projects, much promotional fanfare was made of the fact that Trump’s own daughter would be one of the “board” members judging these contestants. How ironic that, in American culture, a beneficiary of nepotism is considered to be qualified to judge others seeking a corporate position via their own efforts.

So what Bush was really saying in his assault on affirmative action is that preferential treatment is perfectly acceptable, as long as the “right” people are being preferred.

2. A Coward: Bush rarely misses an opportunity to gleefully declare himself a “wartime president.” Yet, as is symptomatic of most dictators, he is not only a coward, but the lowest form of coward. Like many of the politicians, pundits, journalists, businesspeople and entertainers who have emulated his blustering diatribes of bravado and bellicosity, Bush avoided serving in combat himself, using his family’s influence to perform some nebulous National Guard duties during the Vietnam War.

3. A Thief: There is none so vile as those who invoke God to defend their criminality. Yet Bush did exactly that after his brother Jeb, along with Katherine Harris and other corrupt election officials, joined by an equally corrupt United States Supreme Court, helped him illegally occupy the White House during the Coup of 2000. Tragically for America, this strategy worked so well that Bush was permitted to steal another election in 2004.

4. A Mass Murderer: I don’t know if anybody, besides myself, discerned the fact that Saddam Hussein was condemned and executed for killing fewer people than George W. Bush. Hussein was found guilty of killing one-hundred and forty-eight people in the wake of a failed coup attempt.

Compare this to George W. Bush, who executed one-hundred and fifty-two people while governor of Texas. What makes Bush’s actions as reprehensible as Hussein’s is that Texas has one of the most racist, inept, and corrupt judicial systems in the United States. This, after all, is the state where Robert Lee Coney served over forty years in prison after being tortured into confessing to a crime he did not commit. In fact one county in Texas has had more wrongful convictions than the entire state of California. (As I was drafting this article, news broke that James Waller, a man convicted in this county and who served over ten years in prison, was exonerated through DNA evidence, and that Larry Fuller, also convicted in this county and who served roughly twenty years, was granted a pardon by the governor after also being cleared by DNA testing. Ironically Fuller was a decorated veteran of the very war George W. Bush used his family’s influence to dodge).

But if those examples are not frightening enough, Texas is also the most execution-crazed state in America. It is so crazed in fact, that James Edward Smith was executed even after the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal. (To illustrate how ludicrous United States Supreme Court procedural rules are when dealing with death penalty cases, four “justices” voted to hear Smith’s case, but it required the votes of five “justices” to delay his execution. After that fifth vote never came Smith was executed, and when his case subsequently came up on the docket, the same Court that aided and abetted his murder callously declared his case “moot,” because he was already dead).

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