Our Long National Nightmare is Almost Over
Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, a conservative or liberal, or an independent moderate, no matter what your personal opinion of George W. Bush is, you should be happy that we have only a couple months left of him.
As a writer, as a reader, as an educated person, I grind my teeth every time GW opens his mouth. Everyone complains about the dumbing down of America and personally, I think the biggest avalanche into the abyss started eight years ago when we voted him into office.
As a person with more than five brain cells, I believe GW has been a thorn in the side of the educated. Heck, even the uneducated! To think that GW is occupying the same space that Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, or Roosevelt (either one), well, it’s horribly insulting, in my mind. It’s like we, as a nation, said, “Hey, Abe, this is how much we valued your intelligence.”
But maybe I’m being unfair, after all. Maybe GW isn’t as dumb as a box of rocks or a stump. Maybe it’s unwarranted to say he’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal, or that the lights are on but no one’s home. Maybe, just maybe, he isn’t the empty suit we all think he is.
So, to be fair, because I am all about being just and reasonable, I’ll offer some quotes of various Presidents and we can compare them to GW. Let’s judge them fairly by their words.
Washington – “I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.”
Bush — “I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president.”
Washington – “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”
Bush — “F*ck Saddam. We’re taking him out.”
Lincoln – “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
Bush — “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”
Lincoln – “The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.”
Bush — “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on –shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
Lincoln – “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
Bush — “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
Franklin Roosevelt – “Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”
Bush — “You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.”
Franklin Roosevelt — “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”
Bush — “”You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn’t it? I mean, that is fantastic that you’re doing that.” –to a divorced mother of three,
Franklin Roosevelt – “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
Bush — “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”
So there you have it. Words don’t lie and we now have proof positive that Bush is more than equal to… um… oh…
But just think, articulation is right around the corner.