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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Left can have Bushitler

For eight years as president, the left decried George W. Bush as a fool and a fascist. Bushitler, they called him.

For eight years, I defended him. Everyone on the right did.



What did our loyalty get us?

This:
President Trump is not a favorite in the extended Bush household. Former President George Bush considers him a “blowhard,” only interested in feeding his own ego. Former President George W. Bush, his son, thinks Mr. Trump fans public anger and came to office without any understanding of the job. 
And both worry that Mr. Trump has blown up a Republican Party that they spent two lifetimes building, a party that was once committed to removing boundaries to trade and immigration, promoting democracy and civil society and asserting a robust American leadership role in the world, according to an author who has interviewed them.
His father -- the first President Bush --voted for Hillary, according to the New York Times report.

The two President Bushes cooperated with Mark K. Updegrove, who interviewed them for his book, “The Last Republicans.”

Updegrove is an interesting man. He was the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, not exactly a job for a conservative. He is now CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum.

The book is part of the Rehabilitation of the Bushes, who were enemies of the state under Chairman Barack.

Now they are statesmen.

More from the Times:
“At the time, I think he was concerned that Hillary Clinton would win,” Mr. Updegrove, the author of several books on the presidency, said in an interview. “But if you look at his values and those shared by his father and Ronald Reagan, they are very much in contrast to the values of the Republican Party today, in particular the platform that Donald Trump ran on, which is essentially protectionism and a certain xenophobia.”
Oh wow, liberals are rehabilitating Reagan -- morphing him into an open-border free-trader.

The facts about Reagan on "xenophobia." He signed the immigration reform thinking it would close the border.

The facts about Reagan on "protectionism."

From an April 25, 2016, post, "Reality: Reagan was less free trade than Trump":
Reagan "forced Japan to accept restraints on auto exports."
Reagan "tightened up considerably the quotas on imported sugar."
Reagan "negotiated to increase restrictiveness of the Multifiber Arrangement and extended restrictions to previously unrestricted textiles."
Reagan "required 18 countries -- including Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Finland, and Australia, as well as the European Community -- to accept voluntary restraint agreements to reduce steel imports, guaranteeing domestic producers a share of the American market."
And so on.

Reagan put America first. Trump puts America first. The Bushes? Well, they were better than Dukakis, Gore, or Kerry.

The two President Bushes now seek approval from people who not just disdain them, but who will dance on their graves when they die.

The Bush men can forgive those who call them Bushitler, but not Trump whose sin is he won the presidency as a Republican. No, they wanted to be “The Last Republicans” -- honorably sinking with the party while the band played "Nearer My God To Thee."

Instead, we have President Trump, a man who fights back when called Hitler.

They hate him because he is New Money. They are the son and grandson of a United States senator. Who is this ruffian? His father was an immigrant's son, wasn't he?

But what they really hate is Donald John Trump actually believes in Reaganism with its voodoo economics and its rejection of detente.

Make America Great Again is as vulgar today as it was in 1980 when Reagan's slogan was "Let's Make America Great Again."

In Latin, vulgar means of the people.

Considering the way the elitists have governed the past 30 years or so, it is time for the people to lead the way.

For the record, I do not consider either Bush "Bushitler." They do. Tells you a lot about who they are when they embrace a man they consider as evil as Hitler.

UPDATE: Byron York weighed in on Twitter.

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41 comments:

  1. I uesta like 43. Looks like he's gone over to the Dark Side.

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  2. Trade protectionism was actually a plank in the Republican platform under Harding/Coolidge. It was heavily practiced in the revolutionary era and early United States. Before the income tax abomination our government got most of its sustenance from tarriffs.

    Free trade has been a ball batted back and forth between ideologies and regions for 200 years. It is whatever benefits the particular parties that drives who is pushing it.

    Consider that Lincoln, who prosecuted the war on the South, which was in part goaded into the war by protective tarriffs passed for the benefit of Yankees, was a free trader himself.

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  3. More on this trade stuff.

    A huge source of error I've found in my readings on the French Revolution is the tendency of the French during this time to convert expediencies into principles. This is brought about by the conceit that reason alone should be the guiding light of all things, and that if something makes sense now it does for all time. This is a particularly dangerous and stupid idea that many people practice mostly on a subliminal level.

    Another way to look at it: Most of the really big important ideas in life are covered in some way by the foundational myths of the civilizations.

    Do you know of any foundational myths covering trade policy? So why should there be any permanent principles in it? It is what's good for us at what time.

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  4. The Bushes are upset that Trump humiliated Fredo Jeb. But the truth is George W was a bit of a Fredo too. And so was Gropey George H.W. So they are sensitive to it.

    I still appreciate and respect H.W.'s WWII service. I think W got a raw deal by the media and the left. But they need to rise above that and recognize what happened to them is happening to Trump.

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    1. I respect the military service of GHW and W, and even McCain, but I don't like what they are doing to the country and the cause today.

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  5. HW was anti-Reagan from the start. I liked and defended W, but I am obviously a bad judge of character. He considers Bill Clinton a brother. Both Bushes love the Clintons. Shame on me.

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  6. The wilting of the Bushes. Senior is addled and reduced to grabbing female butt while Junior cements his legacy with praise for Hillary - who would just as soon order a lackey to spit on him.

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    1. Getting the feeling that Jeb was in the race to throw it to Hillary.

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    2. All in one picture:
      https://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/bill-clinton-between-2-bushes.jpg

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  7. Apparently the Bushes have conveniently forgotten Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." - Elric

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    1. Yup, Elric. Yup yup yup. Yup to the hundredth power. Yup.

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    2. I am not sure that any prominent Republican followd the Gipper's advice after he left office. To the detriment of the party.

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  8. If they're the last of those kind of "Republicans" good fucking riddance.

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    1. Couldnt have said it better hoss. Bushes are rinos to the core. They s***k

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  9. I also supported George Bush over Al Gore and over John Kerry I was disappointed that he never fought back against his critics in the media. He never seemed to give his supporters anything to work with, by way of explanation. The surge in Iraq was great, but his lack of a public stance led to Barack Obama basically running against him. So, now the Bushes are piling on Trump. I don't like the Bush family so much.

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  10. Well, add another couple of names to the list of People I No Longer Care to Hear From.

    Sigh ... and I defended Bush and his wars too ... "let the flowers of democracy bloom" and all that bullshit. No more.

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  11. I now fully understand where the GOP gets the reputation (and nickname) as the Stupid Party.

    Good grief, SHUT UP.

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    1. Really!! I mean, REALLY!!! Amen, Jeff.

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    2. It just amazes me how much infighting and dirty laundry the GOP airs quite happily. It's exactly like a football team bitching about every little interpersonal issue they have inside the clubhouse, and then getting their ass kicked on Sunday, and then wondering what happened. Well, here's an idea, STFU and keep together as a team and keep all that internal crap OUT of the papers. It both tears your team apart AND actively helps the other side.

      What conclusion can I draw from this pattern? Well, surely NOT that the individual GOP members are too stupid and clueless to get this on an intellectual and even a visceral level. I think they get it, they just don't care. They don't care enough about Team GOP to alter their behavior. It's "all about me" 24x7x365.

      "Bad teammates", we call them. Nobody who likes to win wants them around.

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  12. The Shrubs' complete and utter silence regarding Obama's lying destruction of our country while openly blaming it all on sonny boy...in the name of 'respect for the presidency'...coupled with their deafening silence regarding the filthy stinking exploits of Clinton---who they literally accepted into their rotten family makes their open criticism of our sitting president worthlessly self serving...at most.

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  13. Sorry whiney Bushes. The truth is Trump is FIRST Republican president since Reagan.

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  14. Norbert G. Buttguster, Jr. M.D., PhD.November 5, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Those Bush people have been such a disappointment to me. And I remember my approval of W. when he was Governor, and my evolving in-denial continued support of his actions through his Presidency. I was conned.

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    1. I approved of JEB! when he was Florida Governor, but I didn't support him in the primaries. Now the true nature of the Bushes is coning to light.

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  15. Trump drains the Saudi swamp of multi-billionaire Alwaleed bin Tala.
    And the Bush family are smoked out as white trash.
    Coincidence?

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  16. Donald Trump fights like a Democrat - hard and always.

    -Mikey NTH

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  17. They hate Trump because he's accomplishing things they couldn't, although I'm believe now that they never had the goals we assumed that had had. The fact is, President Trump is cleaning up their mess.

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  18. What a shame this is. I supported both the Bush's when they were President and with this turn of events I feel like I was conned. And I and tens of millions of my fellow Americans were BS't too!

    Let's all remember that although Georgy Bush talks like a Texan he was actually born in New England as were the whole GD Brood! You can take the New Englander out of New England, but you can't take the YANKEE out of a New Englander. And one more thing, let's not forget that the Bush daughters supported and campaigned for Hitlery too. As did George Washington looking Barbra Bush did also!

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  19. W is clearly suffering in his later years from low-T. It takes a unique sort of blind stupidity not to see how much of the Incivilty in politics these days originates from the Left, to the extent of even physical violence.

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  20. Sorry I every voted of either Bush, McCain, or Romney. It will be interesting to see what happens after the Trump years because I will never fall for the RINO line again. I trust most Republicans feel the same. Primary the lot of them and if that doesn't work, vote Democrat just once to get the RINOs out.

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  21. Just remember that the Bush family was bought and paid for by the oil ticks in Saudi Arabia. The Bushes really seem to want to crap on their own legacies don't they? - GOC

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  22. "The two President Bushes cooperated with Mark K. Updegrove, who interviewed them for his book, “The Last Republicans.”

    By "Last Republicans," he means "Last Bush-style Republicans." In other words, the last neo-con presidents. I certainly hope you're right about that, Mr. Updegrove.

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    1. "The Last RINOs" or "The Lost Republicans" would've been much more honest titles for this book. I thank PDJT for killing off the Bushies and the Clintons in one fell swoop; the Republic will always owe him a debt of gratitude for that!
      ---Fred

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  23. Both Bushes resumed the trend line showing the difference Republican presidents have made in the last 60 years, excepting Reagan. Charles Murray provided the analysis in May 2016 at AEI as an argument for Republicans to vote Hillary

    "Without getting into the comparative defects of Clinton and Trump (disclosure: I’m #NeverTrump), I think it’s useful to remind everyone of the ways in which having a Republican president hasn’t made all that much difference for the last fifty years, with Ronald Reagan as the one exception."
    http://www.aei.org/publication/a-reality-check-about-republican-presidents/

    Trump is at he feared, something different. Someone closer to Reagan in breaking the Republican trend line. See as George W. said, Trump doesn't understand the job of being a Republican president, namely, as was the job of Recon platoon in 'Heartbreak Ridge', Republicans in the White House are a training tool for Democrats to be "beaten" and die in a crisp military fashion. Trump didn't win by following the rules.

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  24. It's very liberating to get to say that George W Bush was a failed president. He will go down in history as one of the three worst presidents ever. He's in the same league as Buchanan and his drunken racist ancestor Franklin Pierce. If anything, Byron York went gentle on him. The economic collapse was on his watch. So too was the war of choice in Iraq. But the W wars were far worse than merely fighting them without a plan for victory. He put U.S. troops in harm's way under extremely stringent rules of engagement that made our troops sitting ducks. That's on W. And -- elephant in the room here -- 9-11 happened on his watch. Yes, Clinton weakened intelligence gathering and all that. But when balancing the accounts, this goes in the "failure" side of the ledger when it comes to the W presidency. And that family had the gall to try to impose a third member of their family of failures on the American public. In retrospect, it's clear that Ronald Reagan's biggest mistake as president was putting "Pappy" Bush on his ticket.

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    1. Reagan should've done to GHWB what FDR did to John Nance Garner and Henry Wallace and shiiiite-canned them. He took him on as a running mate in '80 because he'd appeal to the moderates but when it was obvious how successful his first term was he should've dumped him in '84 and put a real conservative on the ticket who would've continued his policies, not run as a "kinder, gentler" candidate (a/k/a a wishy-squishy-washy wimp).
      ---Fred

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  25. I didn't. I hated him and his cia, globalist dirtbag sperm donor.

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  26. "The two President Bushes now seek approval from people who not just disdain them, but who will dance on their graves when they die."

    Seeking permission to reproduce that in comment sections damn near everywhere...

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  27. For 8 long years as president and then 8 more years under Obama "W" allowed himself to be used as a punching bag. Now he's finally found his voice and uses it to attack Trump. Seriously George?

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