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Bush Revisionism: “Good Guy, Bad People”

In case you hadn’t noticed, the transmutation from Cowboy Bush into “Kindler Gentler” Bush is underway.  CNNPolitics.com has an interview with a contrite and – believe it or not – likable president where he admits regrets over “saying some things I shouldn’t have said:”

“Like ‘dead or alive’ and ‘bring ‘em on.’ …I called (former president Clinton) yesterday and said, ‘Bill, I’m getting ready to meet with the new president, and I remember how gracious you were to me. I hope I can be as gracious to President-elect Obama as you were to me.”

Hm. Who is this friendly fellow? Expect to see a lot of stories like this coming our way as January 20 approaches, as the media recasts the story of the Bush Disaster into “good guy, bad people”.

Of course the reality of the Bush Years is too dark to paint over with an “aw shucks” wink and nod. Because even as he plays it well – the man can portray a kind of charm when he wants – falling for this line ultimately belittles the enormous harm his administration has done to our country.

Most presidents go through positive reassessment. Take LBJ; hated left and right, he now gets credit for his attempted war on poverty and the great civil rights bills he pushed through a reluctant congress. Truman is another one: Derided as a simple-minded political hack during his time, perspective shows that he navigated the post-war period with a fair degree of wisdom and without personal political calculation. Rare indeed.

But this upward reflection doesn’t have to be standard practice. There have been really bad presidents who do not deserve such reassessment. 43 is all of that, and since I like to keep my posts brief I won’t spell it all out for you here. Instead, here’s a ready-made Google search for you. It’s got 1.1 million reasons why. Have at ‘em.

We really need to be careful before we turn the page on the last eight years, even as the media tries to convince us otherwise. This is history that must not be forgotten, otherwise it can be – and most likely will be – repeated.

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November 16, 2008   |  Filed Under Political   |    Permalink

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1 Paul { 11.16.08 at 10:34 am }

You can be certain this evil piece of shit will issue blanket pardons covering all illegal activity by him and his minions. Even if Obama wanted to indict Bush, he couldn’t. But he can hold inquiries that expose the Bush crimes.

So Obama should NOT immediately repeal any legislation/executive orders pertaining to “disappearing” Americans on the say-so of the president. He should refrain from using them, but not immediately repeal them. Not until all the Bush crimes have been exposed. And then he should disappear Bush and his cronies. Only after that should Obama repeal that vile legislation.

Does anyone deserve the labels of “enemy combatant” and “terrorist” more than Bush and Cheney? They’ve killed over 4,000 Americans and many tens of thousands of Iraqis. They’ve used terror on the American people to get their way. It’s not only justice, it’s poetic justice, if they are hoist by their own petard.

This is not just revenge speaking (although I admit it would feel sooooo good to know these guys are behind bars). The fact is that each Republican administration builds upon the crimes of its predecessors because its predecessors went almost entirely unpunished. The next Republican administration will treat Bush 43′s antics not as a ceiling but as a baseline UNLESS these guys are punished.

Gitmo could become the new Spandau.

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