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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:21 PM
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The Legacy of a Lunatic
Edited on Sun Jul-13-08 08:02 PM by NanceGreggs
As our nation readies itself to celebrate the end of the Bush presidency, discussion of his legacy fills the airwaves. The usual suspects the pro-Bush pundits, the PNACers, the air-headed teleprompter readers passed off as journalists now gather together on the political talk shows, ready and more than willing to tackle the formidable task of rewriting history.

Bushs legacy, according to those still reluctant to embrace reality, will be a presidency replete with incredible foresight and heroism, all recognized by the historians who, at some later date yet to be announced, will at last recognize the extraordinary vision of one George W. Bush in the fullness of time.

However, what the dead-ender cheerleaders fail to take into account is that Bushs legacy, like that of all presidents, will be based on the facts and not the quickly cobbled-together fictions spun by his still adoring fans.

Perhaps the most glaring reality of Bushs presidency will be the fact that it was never a true presidency at all. The result of selection rather than election, it was marked not by sound strategy, but by stagecraft; not by purposeful action, but an endless array of photo-ops meant to capture merely an image of leadership in a constant attempt to obscure the truth that no such leadership ever existed.

While the smoke-and-mirrors experts continue to proffer their own creation the man with the bullhorn in the wreckage of the Twin Towers, the man landing on an aircraft carrier declaring that the mission had been accomplished, the man sharing Thanksgiving dinner with his troops the reality lurking behind the curtain is less than heroic or honorable: a lackadaisical fool reading a childrens book in the midst of mayhem, a smirking coward parading around in a flight-suit, a mindless, uncaring clown offering a plastic turkey to the men and women he was about to send to their deaths.

From the beginning, Bush surrounded himself with incompetent cronies, yes-men, and sycophants with a lust for influence, and handed out positions of power to people whose blind loyalty was the only measure of their suitability. Qualities like honesty and strength of character were never assessed, and were in fact an obvious hindrance for those who aspired to the inner circle.

Once foisted on the world stage, Bush invariably chose the role of the mindless puppet, a buffoon prone to inappropriate laughter, absurd remarks, displays of childish petulance, all washed in a thin veneer of down-home charm meant to hide the underlying ignorance, the lack of awareness, the inability to conduct himself as anything more than an over-indulged frat-boy who had no more respect for his office than qualification to hold it.

In the wake of the events of 9-11, the Bush administration touted itself as the protectorate of our national security, yet another meaningless slogan behind which to hide the already-in-place machinations of war, the suspension of citizens rights and freedoms, and the lining of those pockets deemed deserving by those in control of the purse-strings.

Despite the fact that Bushs policies have made us infinitely more vulnerable, the Protecting the Homeland banner still waves as though having some actual meaning behind it, another empty gesture in place of reality like flag-pins meant to convey true patriotism, or Support the Troops bumper-stickers meant to convince the masses that our military is actually treated fairly and honorably.

Americans are a forgiving people, and had the disastrous results of Bushs policies been due to a mistaken anticipation of their end result, or lofty ideals that ultimately proved to be misguided in their application, the absolution of his countrymen would have been offered without question.

But as we have all sadly seen, the suffering that we as a country, and the world at large, now endure is not the result of things gone inexplicably awry, but the single-minded pursuit of a political ideology whose sole purpose was to enrich the few at the expense of the many, and to place power into the hands of those who would stop at nothing to maintain it, all to be achieved while blithely ignoring the ensuing consequences; irreparable damage, escalating violence, economic instability, and the deaths of millions.

A large part of Bushs legacy will undoubtedly be his administrations ability to spin the worst behavior into something noble, the most blatant lies into something too truthful to be questioned, the most heinous crimes into something heroic, all couched in language meant to divert the mind from reality, and the soul from guilt.

Terms like executive privilege, once used to protect the presidency from sharing sensitive information that could place us in jeopardy, have been twisted into poltically-convenient catch-all phrases behind which crimes can be covered-up and its perpetrators shielded from justice. The term torture has been replaced with enhanced interrogation techniques, a newly-coined soundbyte intended to mask the barbarism in which we now wallow with impunity.

Even the once respected term moral Christian has been forever tarnished, having now been attributed to a torturer, a warmonger, a widow-maker, a non-repentant creator of orphans, of limbless soldiers, of multitudes of homeless, hungry, sick and dying people whose fate is of no concern to he who is not ignorant of, but blatantly dismissive of the very teachings he pretends to follow and revere.

Perhaps the most enduring part of any presidents legacy is the remembrance of their most obvious personal quality. In this instance, surely Bush will be best remembered for his arrogance an arrogance born not of an overly-exuberant recognition of his own abilities or record of accomplishment, but merely reflective of a sense of entitlement to be praised for that which he never achieved, and rewarded with adulation and respect that was clearly never earned.

Ultimately, history is not written by scholars assessing the past from afar. It is passed down to children and grandchildren by those who experienced the events firsthand, an oral history that lives and breathes long after the pages of even the most well-researched tomes are reduced to dust.

And the tales that will be told of Bushs presidency will be rife with tragedy; tales of soldiers who died fighting not for freedom but profit, of cities left to drown amid apathy and incompetence, of corporations given free rein to exploit the vulnerabilities of a nations people, of an administration that plundered our treasury, saddled us with unconscionable debt, circumvented the rule of law, and left our Constitution in tatters.

Despite the best efforts of the revisionists, the spinmeisters, the propagandists, and those simply unwilling to admit that they were hoodwinked by an inept scoundrel and his attendant snake-oil salesmen, it is the truths of George W. Bushs failed presidency that will be the basis of his legacy.

In light of that fact, Worst President Ever might be the kindest title that history eventually confers.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:25 PM
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1. Another winner. Hope I don't get a "deleted message" for agreeing.
Brilliant stuff, NanceGreggs, but who knows what is allowed here anymore. At any rate, I highlight this quote:

"But as we have all sadly seen, the suffering that we as a country, and the world at large, now endure is not the result of things gone inexplicably awry, but the single-minded pursuit of a political ideology whose sole purpose was to enrich the few at the expense of the many, and to place power into the hands of those who would stop at nothing to maintain it, all to be achieved while blithely dismissing the ensuing consequences; irreparable damage, escalating violence, economic instability, and the deaths of millions."

Wonderful. Thanks.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 09:23 AM
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:26 PM
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2. My dear Nance...
I can only gaze upon your prose with awe...

Exactly right!

K&R

:patriot:
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:26 PM
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3. But he brought dignity and honor back to the White House!
Then he and Grover Norquist carried them upstairs and drowned them in a bathtub.

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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:57 PM
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9. Dignity and Honor.
Didn't they work for the D.C. Madam?
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:04 PM
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12. LOL
Alongside Sherry, Brandy, Julep, Sauterne and Jeff Gannon.

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pokercat999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 05:43 PM
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81. Wouldn't matter
Bush couldn't get a BJ with a fist full of fifties at a sex workers convention.
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mlevans Donating Member (642 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 11:47 AM
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60. I don't know if that is your own original thought, JeffR, but
it's one of the most amusing things I've heard in quite a while. So sad, so true. Thanks.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-15-08 09:09 AM
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92. Brilliant response to an equally brilliant post
Kudos to both you and Nance. :thumbsup:
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:30 PM
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4. Well done Nance..you have nailed his so sought after Legacy...
it is up to the American citizens to make sure that no one forgets what a disaster he and the Republicans have been.

K & R :kick:
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:47 PM
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28. Well, we just have to help make sure the record is always set straight.
It IS up to us. And hell-raisers like Nance!

:patriot:
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:34 PM
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5. Such a wonderful post. I have only one thing to add to his legacy:
The Fifth Crusade (in the eyes of the Muslim World -think looooong-term history.)
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WHEN CRABS ROAR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:35 PM
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6. Well said, thank you and peace be with you.
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Diamonique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:54 PM
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7. Nance nails it again! k&r
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 07:54 PM
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8. K & R n/t
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cordelia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:00 PM
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10. K&R n/t
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:02 PM
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11. Fantastic essay but I disagree
I disagree not with your assessment of Chimpy (although I don't think he's stupid, I'll get to that in a moment) but with the belief that his presidency will ever be evaluated dispassionatly. Sadly, the Right have discovered that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. Witness Reagan. In reality, Reagan was a D grade president at best but the right has succeeded in whitewashing his image and brainwashing the public into believing he was a great president, won the Cold War and all that. Or the idea that the liberals at home lost Vietnam. The troops at the time knew that the bloody war was unwinnable but as time has gone on and the Right have spun history, the idea that Vietnam was lost because of a lack of political will has actually gained traction.

The Right believe wholeheartedly that there is no objective reality or history. Give you one example, remember when Al Gore won the Noble Prize? I seriously heard many conservatives complaining that proved the Nobel Committee were biased because no Republican had ever won the Prize. The idea that this was because no Republican had done something that deserved one (which can be argued) never even entered their minds, the belief that their cause is right, moral and constantly under attack is wholehearted. It's not a political ideaology. That could be argued with, reasoned with. It's a religion, complete with high priests and articles of faith.

As for Chimpy, I don't think he's stupid. He's not blessed with an abundance of brains, true, but he's only slightly less intelligent than normal. No, he's just a nasty piece of work, possessed of that special kind of resentment that the slightly dim have toward those brighter and surrounded by the biggest collection of pure evil ever assembled. Chimpy is the smiling frontman, his job is to keep the spotlight while the real power is weilded in the shadows behind him and in that regard, his presidency has been a huge success: Oil prices skyrocketing, oil company profits tripled or more, massive profits for preferred companies, the New Deal just about done and the Imperial Presidency (that was disassembled after Watergate) reassembled. OK, lots of people die but what does Chimpy care? It's not him or his loved ones on the firing line.

And if you're cynical enough to extend that thought to it's logical conclusion, you come to the conclusion that the occupation of Iraq was designed to be a disaster. The war was never meant to be won, it was meant to plunge Iraq into chaos, removing it's 4-6 million barrels of oil from the market.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:07 PM
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13. If this is true...that they planned it all...for the OIL?. then they are EVIL BASTIDS
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:24 PM
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14. Not just the oil
The oil was an important consideration but there were others. In no particular order:
- Massive reconstruction contracts
- the chance to play at being a war president with the accompanying bump in support and virtual lock on a second term
- Chance to pass the Constitution gutting agenda and reassert the Imperial Presidency
- Chance to massively inflate the military budget
- Opportunity to use Iraq as a jumping-off point for further adventures in the MidEast, perhaps eventually asserting a Pax Americana over the whole region
- Chance to use Iraq as an example
- Fun. The chance to saunter around in a flightsuit, bomb the piss out of nations, to exert the power of an absolute ruler.

The idea that it was intended to fail is the only conclusion I can come to. The knowledge and manpower was available to do Iraq properly; go in, capture or kill Hussein, set up some form of democratic government and out again in maybe six months. All that advice was ignored. Chimpy might not be the world's greatest brain but Cheney is lethally clever, he had to know that the end result would be chaos. Everyone told him so, anyone with any knowledge of history or military tactics knew it so the only solution left is that the occupation was intended to fail; that the objective was never a stable, peaceful Iraq, the intention was always to botch the occupation, tying up the oil, assuring endless reconstruction would be necessary and controlling just enough ground to use as a staging post for the next invasion (probably Iran).

And yes, that would make them evil bastards. I'm afraid that's the only conclusion left. Pick any issue, any one at all and the Bush Admin has gone for the option that would aid them and their cronies and harm the little man. Social security, for example. There were dozens of possible solutions to that, a couple of people of reasonable mind could have sat down and solved the thing in an hour but no, BushCo chose to push the only one that would harm the plebs and enrich their buddies at the same time. And they've done that on every single issue, every single one. You could pick the solutions off a list with a pin and you'd get a better result than that. So, the only conclusion left is that this isn't incompetence, it's malice. It's deliberate, everything has been deliberate.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:29 PM
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15. I concur and Repeat....They are EVIL ASSHOLES...full of smelly crap...
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1Hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:26 AM
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43. LOVE your post. I also believe that corrupt corporate America WANTS guns in our hands so that
we will be armed to kill each other in a civil war that they are perpetrating. Further, the MSM is a pawn of corporate America, the master evil puppeteer, bent on keeping the masses divided so that the people HAVE no power and therefore less likely to be successful in overthrowing our corrupt government. We are all being used as pawns, and until the masses come to understand that, we will have no power in this country.

"United we conquer (fill in the blank), divided we fall."
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1Hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:28 AM
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46. self- delete - posted in error...DUH....haven't had a.m. coffee yet!
Edited on Mon Jul-14-08 07:29 AM by 1Hippiechick
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:27 AM
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45. Like everything else, the evil always originates with cheney.
>> Cheney is lethally clever, he had to know that the end result would be chaos. Everyone told him so...

Duh! cheney himself said that the result would be chaos, in that 1994 video I'm sure you've seen in which he describes the chaos that would have ensued had the original Gulf War been pursued to the point of taking out Saddam.

Every evil event of the last 8 years - from Iraq to Plame, from the DOJ to the rejection of science - and I mean every evil event, can always, always, always be traced back to this one malign source.

If there has been a more evil, debased, foul, vile person in American government - ever, at any level - than this Dick, I would like to know who it was! I simply cannot adequately express my hatred for this "man", a hatred I feel on behalf of my once-great nation and everything it once stood for.

Burn in hell, Dick. Soon. Please.
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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 12:46 PM
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67. Agree -- the CHENEY administration can't be THAT incompetent
Iraq was intended to be a fiasco.

Perpetual violence provided the pretext for the permanent military presence that was a primary goal from the start.
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BlueJac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:03 PM
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23. so true, and well said!
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azygous Donating Member (110 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 08:46 AM
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49. Bush has corrupted our language and our morals
The original poster, as well as this one, should add these to the long list of crimes against our nation this administration has perpetrated. Even my sister, who is a staunch Democrat, has slipped and used "Democrat" as an adjective because it has been used so often over these last years by the Republicans that it now sounds correct to our ears. And what they've done to the over-all character of our nation is just shameful. It has become acceptable behavior to lie and cheat in order to win, and acceptable policy to excuse unlawful behavior among the political class as a sort of quid pro quo and comity.
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LongTomH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 01:32 PM
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68. I'm going to disagree with your main premise!
Historians are already calling Bush's presidency the worst in history, and people out here are waking up.

I'd add that some people are already waking up from the Reagan Trance and rejecting the Reaganomics that's been conventional wisdom for nearly three decades. The first Bush was right the first time: It's Voodoo Economics. Articles like Robert Parry's Reagan & the Salvadoran Baby Skulls are circulating through the internet, destroying Reagan's myth.

For that matter, how many historians in the academic world really bought into the "St.Ronnie" myth?
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 04:02 PM
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73. Ironic that conservative tried to propagate the falsehood 'No Republican ever won Nobel Peace Prize'
I guess conservatives don't consider Theodore Roosevelt to be a real Republican, even though he won the Nobel Peace Prize while he was a Republican sitting in the White House. You're right, they are masters of historical revisionism.
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 04:14 PM
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75. No conservative enough
Teddy Roosevelt was a reasonable guy. OK, he was a Republican but that was back in the days when Republicans actually believed in things and he wasn't a Reaganite (the GOP's dominant religion).
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vssmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 05:40 PM
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80. Milton Friedman won a Nobel prize
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-15-08 05:18 AM
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91. I'm just reporting it, not defending it n/t
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:38 PM
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16. K&R for another great post Nance.
Yes, "Worst President Ever" does seem way too kind. Especially considering he was never elected, and it is kind of hard to be the worst President when you are not truly the President in the first place.
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salinen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:38 PM
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17. Yuppers
Edited on Sun Jul-13-08 08:39 PM by salinen
Fools and Madmen and Orwellian types are being bred as we speak. What changes
is the opposition to these rape artist. We, the leftist, have allowed this.
When the opposing forces are weak enough to kick back and sneer and decry foul
without moving from the keyboard, the corporatist/militarist/nationalist see
their dreams come true.

Although some keyboardist are necessary to coalesce the movement. You
come to mind.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 08:59 PM
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18. In the annals of human history
there are men who have exemplified the best of the human spirit. Sad that Bush chose to emulate someone from outside that group. He has indeed earned the appellation, "Little Boots."
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 09:24 PM
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19. BRAVO Nance.
You are never more eloquent than when you soar on wings of righteous indignation. Every barb and stick are precisely placed and well deserved.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 09:53 PM
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20. It is impossible for me to even consider a more inept president
than what we now have.

Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover all pale in comparison to what we have in the Oval Office today.

There were "great" presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, men who tried to make a difference in the lives of those who live in this nation, but even the "bad" presidents I mentioned above could not come close to being what this miscreant is.

As a nation, we have faced many a crisis, some of them far worse than others, what the bush administration did to this nation is unconscionable. They very Document they swore to uphold, they tore to pieces, it was never about "protecting the nation", it was all about the consolidation of power. 9-11, as horrid and tragic as it was, showed we could be attacked; but unlike Pearl Harbor, the threat from alQaeda is nothing compared to what the threat from the Japanese was at the time. Yet that analogy is what they used as an excuse to start a war that has accomplished nothing except death, disfigurement and permanent debt.

No historian can possibly come up with anything that would salvage this disaster. Hoover, got the blame for the Great Depression, but the policies of Harding and Coolidge set the stage for breakdown. The policies of bush and his cronies have set the stage for an even worse scenario, one where the "gentry" would rule over the "fiefs". They want us to become "royalist" society, complete with king and court.

Most people haven't noticed that the GOP dropped "the Party of Lincoln" about 6 years ago, I'm sure that is not an oversight, I am positive they dropped it because they could no longer tie into Lincoln, a man who freed slaves...and a man who who is trying to create slaves, it just doesn't work.

History will not be kind to bush, his legacy is, quite simply, the worst president ever.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 05:29 PM
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79. Well, since McCain has adopted all of Bush's policies, I think he would be more inepter than Bush.
I mean, not even McCain can misunderestimate how fucking lame he sounds by mimicking Bush these days.

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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 06:05 PM
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83. JEEZ....Scare the crap out of me why don't ya...
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Juan_de_la_Dem Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 09:57 PM
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21. I have read most of your posts posted during my brief 1.5 year tenure here...
In my opinion, this may be the best. Thanks and keep it up....K/R
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BlueJac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:00 PM
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22. Just like always, you hit out of the park....
we all love you Nance!
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Oldtimeralso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:26 PM
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24. Nance, After reading your post and the replies of others
I do not know if there is much more I can add.
I just realized after all these years what happened to the chimp that was on the Today Show.
(Yes, I watched the show by candlelight because Edison had not yet perfected the light bulb!)
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:29 PM
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25. Spot-on.
:patriot:
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:38 PM
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26. This may be the best one yet.
I don't think historians of any stripe are going to be able to bullshit Slapass's legacy the way they did Reagan's and be taken seriously. The simple reason is that we have the internet now. All we knew about Reagan is what his corporate-controlled media reported (yet even then, there was a Dan Rather or two that kept them honest). There wasn't really a widespread underground media such as the world wide web like there is now. We knew of the Reagan Admin's misdeeds, but we were brushed off as "commie, leftie, democrat kookbag conspiracy theorists" by the droolers, which sadly enough was 3/4 of the country.

Let's call a duck a duck: the only people that really prospered under * were well-monied people and corporations. His elections were dubious at best, stolen by the corporate politburo at worst. The middle/working/poor classes lost (and continue to lose) their jobs and those that were lucky enough to replace them did so with either a lower paying job or two lower paying jobs to make up the difference. The worst terrorist attack on American soil happened on his watch (and arguably, with his foreknowledge) and 7 years later STILL has not been avenged. There were two failed ego wars, both of which continue to kill their citizens and our soldiers daily. His administration is wrought with more scandal and corporate corruption than you can shake a stick at. He arguably is running this country the way he ran his businesses - with a drunken hand on the throttle, looking out for himself and his cronies first and screwing the people he's supposed to be serving. He's not done ONE THING RIGHT since the 2000 theft.

There's more of an open communication between real people worldwide that were affected by and still feel the affects of this administration's policies. No matter what political affiliation, we don't easily have the wool pulled over our eyes as we did in the 80s. While many people would have wholeheartedly rah-rah'd a cowboy war back then in the spirit of the country, nowadays this joke of a leader and his failures, most glaringly Vietraq, smell worse than a landfill in 100 degree weather.

You don't want to grave-piss, but seriously, how are historians going to retain their integrity dishing out a shimmering novella of supposed * accomplishments when everyone knew how things REALLY were? How silly would they look when it's obvious these times SUCK? The media can invent their own reality all they please, but history HAS to retain some kind of credibility.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 11:07 PM
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29. Well said!
The reality the RW propagandists and the MSM have yet to acknowledge, no less come to terms with, is that the writing of history is now in the hands of We The People. And thanks to the internetz, we have the means to ensure that it is widely distributed, and accurate in its telling by those who lived it.

You used to be able to fool some of the people, some of the time. But in the age of bloggers, YouTube, and immediate access to every soundbyte, every word uttered by a politician, every photograph of a disaster, every speech made by a would-be apologist, the truth is just a mouse-click away.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 11:55 PM
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33. wonderful post
I cannot imagine the propaganda that may be pushed when he eventually passes on, and I will have a hard time not dancing in the streets the day he's put in the ground, praising Jesus that the evil leader, or one who was led by evil without his own knowing it, has left us...
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:16 AM
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42. It's enough for me that bush be out of power, forever and ever.
I'd actually rather he would live to a ripe old age, old enough for him to see that his dream of a distant-future legacy of competence and vision ain't a-gonna happen.

The "worst president" description is his for the foreseeable future, especially since it is impossible to imagine anyone being still worse!
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Torn_Scorned_Ignored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:46 PM
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27. * l *
:kick:

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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 11:16 PM
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30. What an unbelievably concise and accurate summation!
And this line just blinds me- national security, yet another meaningless slogan behind which to hide the already-in-place machinations of war


I am finding it so painful to be confronted by relatives and citizens (all intelligent) who just do not see the evils of this administration. It's painful not for me, but for those who are at our mercy. Shame on the thoughtless and careless who lack introspection and empathy.

You have nailed it, my friend. A beautiful commentary on an ugly subject.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 11:37 PM
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31. A greatest of the greats, Nance! K&R!
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 11:52 PM
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32. wow - is about all I can say
the sadness in what we say 10-20-30 years from now about how horrible the PNAC Fascists were in these years will be a sad thing to talk about... they are a blight on human history.
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HowHasItComeToThis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 03:42 AM
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38. DEPORT THEM TO ISR....
OH I CAN'T SAY IT
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 12:54 AM
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34. Yowza! A killer headline and it just gets better from there! K&R! nt
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green917 Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 01:02 AM
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35. Good Lord you write beautifully Nance!
Wish I could recommend this post many many times. You have, as always, hit the nail squarely on the head.

There is nothing that needs to be added to this post!
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 01:12 AM
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36. Thanks, Green917!
And welcome aboard the Good Ship DU, matey!

:patriot:
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 01:41 AM
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37. The "legacy" will continue behind the scenes if we don't stop it.It's the profiteers
of disaster. 1% control the wealth of this country. They buy and manipulate congress almost at will. Removing the money from politics and regulating the media campaign profiteers is the only way to defeat the Bush legacy. Most of congress become lobbyists or work for the corporations that donated to their campaigns so their government jobs were just aiding and abetting the corporatocracy long enough to be rewarded.

1)Require that reps and senators can NEVER be lobbyists or work for their campaign.
2) require the fourth estate to donate air time to the election process of both parties making it illegal to profiteer from the campaigns.
3)Make public financing of campaigns mandatory and make it illegal for any lobbyists to be apart of public campaigns.

This legal bribery known as donations and perks to our congress(hiring family members, trips etc.) has got to change before our entire government is privatized, bought and paid for.

The DoJ has become a criminal enterprise for this Bush/Cheney regime and have allowed whistleblowers to be stifled, and corruption fraud and bribery to rule. Mukasey must also be impeached because he refuses to do his job.

It will take 50 yrs to de-nazify our government with all the Regency U and Bob Jones fanatics infiltrating our entire system. The Bush-mites are everywhere.
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jpertello Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 05:00 AM
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39. Brilliant, simply brilliant!
Thank you!
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ravencalling Donating Member (247 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 06:07 AM
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40. I agree! Great writing!
My own children and family actually fell for all of the propaganda early on. Not anymore of course, and when you have believed in someone or something that turns out to be a hoax, well hell hath no fury..



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emanymton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 06:49 AM
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41. Quoth The Raven: So?
.

Agree with your writings and your point. But so what?

The people are dealing with, as you said, "...an over-indulged frat-boy who had no more respect for his office than qualification to hold it. ..." What makes any sane person believe shrub even has thought about it and if he has (thought about it) that he cares?

shrub's legacy is a fart in the wind.

It will take generations to make right what has been destroyed. And shrub and his war profiteer cronies see themselves as successes in these points. Their response to the rest of US will always be, 'I got mine. Nothing else matters.'

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

No pardons, no immunity, no amnesty
Off To The Haag with them.

.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 11:25 AM
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59. Oh, I think he cares very much about his "legacy" ...
... only in that he wants to spend the rest of his post-presidential life thinking that people still care about him, and talk about him in glowing terms.

"... a sense of entitlement to be praised for that which he never achieved, and rewarded with adulation and respect that was clearly never earned."

Actually doing something positive is hard work; he's just interested in being perceived as having done something worthwhile.


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Aviation Pro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:26 AM
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44. One of the real crimes of the administration....
...of Preznit Fuckstick and Shitstain Shoots-Guy-In-Face is the fact that so many second and third-tier people infested the executive branch. Fredo Gonzo? David Addington? John Yoo? Scooter Libby? Since when did these charaltans and familiars become anything more than lackeys with the ability to wordcraft bullshit (and these schmucks were the best of the lot).
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1Hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:31 AM
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47. LOVE your posts. "Eventually" is the key word here. I grew up in the 50s with the "white" version
of American history, so the history books re Dubya will be no different--at first--if ever.
K/R
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:45 AM
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48. You have the verve to say just what the rest of us are thinking! Thanks!
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Hersheygirl Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 09:03 AM
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50. There is one sentence that really rings true
"Perhaps the most glaring reality of Bush's presidency will be the fact that it was never a true presidency at all."

There is an old saying that clearly applies here. "Nothing good ever comes from ill gotten gain."
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virgdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 09:35 AM
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52. Once again, a spot on assessment...
of the worst pResident to occupy the White House. Bravo!
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Maineman Donating Member (411 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 09:55 AM
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53. Here is what I have learned from the Bush-Cheney admin:
Big ideas are not necessarily good ideas.
Fools are not harmless.
Conquering the world is difficult.
Liars tend to be dishonest.
Testosterone does not solve problems.
Talk tough and threaten other countries; motivate them to make bigger weapons.
When there is war, a lot of people die, a few people get rich, and humanity takes big steps backward.
Beware of fear mongers seeking more power.
Knowledge based voting is surely better than faith based voting.
Beware of people who hear God telling them to make war.
Beware of a president who declares a new starting date for history, say 9/11.
Beware of power freaks (people who REALLY like power).
Beware of presidents who prefer aggression.
Beware of people who do religion but not ethics.
Beware of Wyoming cowboys and Texas cowboys using their brains simultaneously.
Beware of a politician or political advisor who believes that principle has no value if you loose.
A secret meeting between oil company executives and a morally vacant vice president is a bad sign.
A candidates choice of a vice presidential running mate is an important clue.
Sometimes it is important to vote for or against the vice president.
When government helps big business rip off the masses, weve got a problem.
Beware of people who think it is really special to be the only remaining super power.
Beware of people who associate opportunity with having a powerful military.
Beware of people who seek money and power in the name of religion.
When people with radical ideas take themselves seriously, watch out!
Beware of a president whose base is the wealthiest one percent of the population.
Beware of defective business executives running government.
Beware of people who threaten honest judges.
Beware of a president who thinks a budget is just a bunch of numbers on a piece of paper.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 10:11 AM
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54. Have they mentioned anything about Cheney/Bush blowing up the WTC....???
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 10:22 AM
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55. Where's the book, Nancy?
The Legacy of a Lunatic is perfect. He has this entire nation on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Simply because, as you say, there are so many of his supporters that make excuses and rationalizations for his decisions and incompetence. It is really quite simple: he is a frigging lunatic.
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Swagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 10:46 AM
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56. so expertly put-and sadly so true
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ElboRuum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 10:58 AM
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57. Nance...
You make a great point with the insinuation that, for eight years now, we have been without a leader, merely a bag of bones and water posing as a leader, a simpleton placeholder zero in the grave sums of our political discourse.

That there are those who can disagree with that math is a source of terrible consternation for me.
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 11:04 AM
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58. This has to be one of the top five DU posts ever. This paragraph says it all:
"Perhaps the most glaring reality of Bushs presidency will be the fact that it was never a true presidency at all. The result of selection rather than election, it was marked not by sound strategy, but by stagecraft; not by purposeful action, but an endless array of photo-ops meant to capture merely an image of leadership in a constant attempt to obscure the truth that no such leadership ever existed."

"Stagecraft" -- just perfect.
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solara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 12:17 PM
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63. I absolutely agree with you, Winebrat. .this is one of the top five for certain..
Nance, your posts should be read by the entire world. That is one of my prayers.

An excellent piece!



INVESTIGATE IMPEACH INDICT INCARCERATE :patriot:



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LiveLiberally Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 11:51 AM
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61. On the subject of history and the Bush legacy, you note....
"Ultimately, history is not written by scholars assessing the past from afar. It is passed down to children and grandchildren by those who experienced the events firsthand, an oral history that lives and breathes long after the pages of even the most well-researched tomes are reduced to dust."

Most historians know better than to predict how future historians will access an event, be it a war or presidency. In this case, however, you don't have to go out on a very long limb to predict that 50 years from now (when nearly all archival sources will be declassified) historians will access the Bush presidency in highly negative terms. In fact, I would wager that the scholarly assessment may well be worse than that of oral tradition.

Why? Irrespective of the president or their own political bent, historians has been quite consistent over the past century in terms of the standards and criteria used to measure success or failure. Simply put, the Bush administration has failed so abysmally on nearly every standard that even if Karl Rove gained control over the AHA and packed the academy with his personal flacks it is historically irredeemable.

Which makes historians such as myself smile every time Bush seeks refuge in his legacy.... :)

Thanks for a great post.
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 12:14 PM
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62. T H E B U S H L E G A C Y, what the fuch kind of legacy has Bush left?
define legacy: Noun
S: (n) bequest, legacy ((law) a gift of personal property by will)
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 12:18 PM
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64. War, famine, pestilence and death. n/t
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 12:36 PM
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66. That is a good summary to shoot back with when anyone suggests
....Bush's legacy, everything evil that one person could do to the world and this nation Bush has done and allowed to happen in his eight years
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windoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 12:35 PM
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65. Bush legacy should be studied for how successful they have been at stealing power,
if we are to learn to avoid this in the future. Their coup was successful, at least for now, in the countless ways they have ended up with all the cash, which has translated into power and influence, in order to change the very structure of our government.

Most importantly, the 'Bush' legacy is truly not his legacy, it only had his face on it. I do not believe he was the real power, but was the front man for a few powerful people with a mission. They do not see this as a failure, it is only so from OUR point of view, and all the others who are part of all the collateral damage.

Like the motto at the end of Hitler's reign, NEVER AGAIN should be ours. HOPE can only result after the long process of awakening from this nightmare of being lulled into a state of fear and compliance, and take a look at all the damage done, then turn all the grief and rage into a stronger more resilient future.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 02:34 PM
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69. This essay actually made my heart pound. It is exquisite.
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 03:16 PM
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70. amen.
that was supremely well written.
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man4allcats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 03:24 PM
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71. This is the best indictment of Bush I have read.
K&R! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 03:40 PM
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72. Well said. Thanks for the post.
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rambler_american Donating Member (565 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 04:05 PM
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74. K&R
:kick:
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Twist_U_Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 04:29 PM
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76. Stupid like a fox. 911 was an inside job.
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crickets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 04:57 PM
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77. K&R
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 05:24 PM
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78. And Tony Snow was part of it!!
Yet, we were told - no, warned - not to make any jokes about Tony when he died because somehow his dying from cancer removed him from any criticism.

Unbelieveable.

If Dick Cheney keeled over tonight, there would be another warning not to make derogatory comments about him probably!!

And the great hypocrisy moves on, like a slug leaving a slime trail behind it, moving ever so slowly towards its destiny.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 06:02 PM
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82. And with that..the US mediaocracy will
write its own epitaph.
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 06:12 PM
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84. Ms. Greggs. I daresay, your analysis does it a kindness it does not deserve.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 06:37 PM
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85. Nance, you have excelled yourself with this one.
I'm sure Molly sent a big wink and a smile.
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happygoluckytoyou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 06:49 PM
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86. no blow job... no blue dress... pretty tame except when he was like white on Rice
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:09 PM
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87. Another lunacy at work here -- that a large part of American society bought
the show for so long is just as insane.

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justgamma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 07:25 PM
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88. Nance, I wish you would put your rants
in a book. I'd be the first in line to purchase it. You're spot on and a fabulous writer.
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Duder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 09:07 PM
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89. Added to the time capsule,,,
If there's anyone around 100 years from now I hope they read this.
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Egnever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-08 09:23 PM
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90. Geez Nance
I hope you get paid to practice this art elsewhere. If you arent getting paid to do this you should be IMHO
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dustydog Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-15-08 03:59 PM
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93. Envisioning the Party at his Demise
I just found this via Buzzflash, so I'm obviously a few days late. Doesn't matter. Nance, this is good stuff. It reminds me of time in the early 1970s, 1972 to be exact (googled him). I was working at a travel agency in NYC when the news hit over the radio, that J. Edgar Hoover just died. The entire place erupted in cheers and excitement, and absolute frothing of disdain for that SOB. I would bet dollars to donuts the same will occur when dubya and his dick kick the bucket. I for one would dance on his/their rotten remains. All I can hope for now is that they get incarcerated until then, but I know that's a long shot. One can only hope.
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FreeDemocrat Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-16-08 08:31 PM
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94. Here we had it wrong (I hope)
All this time we have been comparing the Gang Of Pirates and Bush specifically to Hitler. But unless he uses the plans he established with the Haliburton camps etc I think that historians will reach further back to Francisco Solana Lopez of Paraguay or perhaps Caligula as the insane leader that destroyed a civilization at its apex.
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