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One more terrible Bush legacy August 11, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.
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George W. Bush will go down as one of America’s worst presidents for about a thousand varied reason. Besides the big ones, there was his detesting of science and technology that kept the US from a lot of efforts to maintain its core strength, his forgetting that Christian values unclude stewardship of the treasures of our planet, and his ignoring many parts of the world where there was a need for attention. But another has become more and more obvious.

Bush’s political strategies were always divisive and confrontational. Either you supported him totally or you were out – even Donald Rumsfeld found this out. AS far as people in general, this translated into either you supported him or you supported his foes and were unpatriotic in doing so. This black-or-white universe allowed no deviations to a shade of gray, even minor ones one any issue. This mentality then was adopted by the entire Republican party. No room for moderation or flexibility.

Now you have conservatives who are so steeped in this arrogance that they do not even allow any differing voice to be heard. “Shout them down” is their new mantra (forgetting the Bill of Rights they supposedly hold so dear). No distoryion or lie is too bold for them to utter to reaffirm their purity or to sway any undecided (if they still care about anyone who is not tried-and-true). The concepts of open debate and any compromise are dead. There is absolutely no civility nor respect for anyone else.

This bipolar attitude has created a schism in the US that will take years to mend, if it ever does. AS the GOP’s influence wanes, though, the attitude may become diehard. The violence against abortion-doctors, legal immigrants, and others might be a harbinger.

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1. The Chemist - August 12, 2009

The level of hysteria (let’s call it what it is) is uncanny. I saw a picture of a woman holding a poster at a protest. It had two boxes, “Universal healthcare” and “Freedom” with the latter box checked and the ominous statement, “You can only pick one. Choose wisely.” That wasn’t even the worst one as you can see for yourself from the link.

Seriously? Universal healthcare is connected to tyranny? Where were all these morons during the Bush years? The stupidity… it- it just burns.

2. AlchemX - August 12, 2009

Though I’m not a big fan of universal healthcare, I do find the conservatives tactics very distasteful. I sincerely fear universal health care may not make anything better and will become another way for public unions (teaching unions, prison unions, etc.) to lobby politicians for more money in the future.

Bush was definitely bad, just watching him give a speech made me want to poke my eyes out. I’m glad it’s over.


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