Calling Mr. Bush, calling Mr. Bush

Dear President Bush:

I don’t like you. Never did. One reason is because you so deliberately played the dumbfuck regular guy when the cameras were on, as though that were a remotely appropriate image for the leader of the free world. Of course, you never were that dumb but you also weren’t well versed in history or philosophy which leaders should be. And that got us into a lot of trouble.

However, you did one thing right. After 9/11 you immediately saw the danger in pissing off a billion Muslims. Arab Muslims, Persian Muslims, American Muslims, Malaysian Muslims, Indonesian Muslims, Chinese Muslims, Indian Muslims . . . you got the point Mr. Bush. So you stepped up and spoke out in order to dampen primitive instincts which always rise up when an enemy is needed.

For some weeks now, it’s been time for you to speak out again. You haven’t (and now I have another reason not to like you). The leaders of your own party are playing footsie with very dangerous and simmering sentiments. They don’t say a word because they are cynical and opportunistic. But you’re retired now, never running for office again, and you owe us one. Step up and do the right thing.

26 responses to “Calling Mr. Bush, calling Mr. Bush

  1. Good luck with that one, Moe. Bush might not be dumb, but he’s intellectually lazy and is only interested in helping the wealthy. No matter which version of right-wing you look at, they’re all interested in helping the wealthy get wealthier.

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    • Agree one hundred percent, but that being said, he has an obligation – and it would be so friggin’ easy to just step up and say a word or two. He could go straight back to the country club!

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  2. You two are hilarious. You never had a kind word to say about W, but now you want him to bail your idiot out. And your whole party is in political trouble on this issue.

    There is a tradition of ex Presidents not commenting on what sitting Presidents are involved in. Those with class try to stick to that. Those without class, chiefly President Carter and to a lesser extent President Clinton comment on those issues. Why should W stick his nose into what is a political issue? It’s a no win for him. If he helps you guys out, he is stabbing Republicans in the back who stood by him in the tough times. Besides, it’s not like you’d give him any credit anyway.

    And do ‘not’ tell me how much you care for the poor Muslims. They are far more anti gay, anti abortion, anti woman, and anti Liberal than the most fundamentalist Christian walking the earth. They are anti Christian, so you care because the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    • [now you want him to bail your idiot out]

      Here we go again Alan – how does htis have anything in the world to do with Obama?

      Past presidents don’t criticize or comment on sitting president’s actions or words; but Bush speaking out now would not be a comment on the president. It would be entirely appropriate.

      Also – two words for you. Dick. Cheney.

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  3. I agree that it would be the right thing for President Bush to do. That is for him to be a statesman, as I think he was in not stirring up hatred and fear as he could of after 9/11. His support for protecting rights even of the unpopular, like builders of Mosques are becoming would be the statesman like thing for President Bush to do. The whole anti Mosque thing has spread to Mosques across the country after at first being supposedly only an issue near the “hallowed ground”.

    I wonder though if it would accomplish much. I think W has been written off even by many on the right as a “squish”, and in the more respectable voices try to counter they crazies, I think the more they feel confirmed in their paranoia.

    To the previous commen – if my enemy is my friend and Muslims are anti liberal, should conservative love Muslims?

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    • I think Bush saying something would help. The noisy ones might write him off, but a few words could slow down the spread of hte infection. Which is what it’s becoming.

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  4. brucetheeconomist,

    ” if my enemy is my friend and Muslims are anti liberal, should conservative love Muslims?”

    You have a very good point as far as it goes. Socially Muslims are far closer in values to Conservatives than to Liberals. If they ever achieve dominance, bleeding heart liberals will be feeling a world of hurt. Islam goes much further . Those who follow the extreme form of it wish to wipe out all other religions, even the ‘religion’ of Atheism.

    One has to ask the question then, why are there no liberals in the Islamic Countries. Well maybe in Turkey, but they will soon be wiped out.

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    • [why are there no liberals in the Islamic Countries.]

      And how pray tell do you know that? By the news’ focus on the extremists? Do you assume that all are that way then?

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      • [why are there no liberals in the Islamic Countries.]

        Well anything else would not conform to obviously what is the ‘correct’ view of the world. Inconvenient facts are simply ignored or glossed over, oh and entire segments of the human population are monolithically evil as well, that helps too. 🙂

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  5. Ms. Holland,

    ” And how pray tell do you know that? By the news’ focus on the extremists? Do you assume that all are that way then?”

    I read,,,,,,,,,a lot. I am sorry to say that on a lot of issues you are uninformed. I will admit to being ‘slightly’ inaccurate. I forgot about Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan. The only Woman Prime Minister of a Muslim country, as far as I know. Of course she was murdered by Al Queda. But I don’t know whether you could really call her a true ‘Liberal’, because she was against abortion.

    The Arbourist,
    ” Inconvenient facts are simply ignored or glossed over, oh and entire segments of the human population are monolithically evil as well, that helps too. 🙂 ”

    Now you should know better. You go beyond uninformed. You are willfully ignorant. You might just want to read up on the modern history of Turkey, arguably the most secular of Muslim countries. After decades of having overt Islamic influence banned in Government and social customs, it is making a comeback. Ataturk, modern Turkey’s founder, severely curtailed Islamic interference in law and education.

    I’m not sure of what’s going on in Egypt, but I doubt it’s overflowing with ‘liberals’ in the Western sense . But go ahead find me some flaming liberals in Islamic culture who are not fearing for their lives.

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    • [I don’t know whether you could really call her a true ‘Liberal’, because she was against abortion.]

      What??? Who’s calling her a liberal? And once again, what the hell does that have to do with anything.

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    • So Alan, how would you define liberal in the Islamic world? Just so I know what to look for.

      Egypt, by the way, is where all the trouble started with the creation of the Muslim Brotherhood just after WWI.

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  6. Ms. Holland,

    I believe you disputed my contention that there are no liberals in the Islamic world. I was merely trying to help you find some. Islamic countries generally do not give women political power. I anticipated that you might use Ms. Bhutto to prove me wrong. As I had said, I did not at first remember the Islamic World even having a female leader.

    Again, find me some liberals in Islam. I just do not believe you understand the implications to your own liberal freedoms if Islam replaces Christianity in the West.

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    • Sorry Alan – wrong again.
      “In the past several decades, many countries in which Muslims are a majority, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan have been led by women. Nearly one-third of the Parliament of Egypt also consists of women.“

      And yet it is true that:
      “Arab women are under-represented in parliaments in Arab states, although they are gaining more equal representation as Arab states liberalise their political systems. In 2005, the International Parliamentary Union said that 6.5 per cent of MPs in the Arab world were women, compared with 3.5 per cent in 2000. In Tunisia, nearly 23 per cent of members of parliament were women. However, the Arab country with the largest parliament, Egypt, had only around four per cent female representation in parliament.”

      However, let us not forget:
      American women are under-represented in their Senate and Congress. Although they are making some inroads, the US Congress is still only 17% and the US Senate is about the same with 16%, in spite of women being 51% of the population.

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  7. Ms. Holland,

    ” “In the past several decades, many countries in which Muslims are a majority, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan have been led by women. ”

    Ok, I will concede the female leaders.

    ” Nearly one-third of the Parliament of Egypt also consists of women.“

    How many are Liberals ? And doesn’t this conflict with your statement, ” However, the Arab country with the largest parliament, Egypt, had only around four per cent female representation in parliament.” I am confused .

    ” However, let us not forget:
    American women are under-represented in their Senate and Congress. ”

    I totally agree. Which is why I support Sharon Angle, and any other Woman Republican trying to replace a male Democrat in Congress. Carly Fiorina would only be replacing another woman, Barbara Boxer, but hey the seat would stay female.

    I’m still holding out hope that Governor Sarah Palin will be our first Woman President. I’d love a Palin-Bachman ticket, but nah this sexist country just is not ready for a two women ticket.

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    • I gotta keep asking Alan – what’s with the ‘how many are liberals’ thing. How the heck do I know? Do I care? Women are in government instead of being beaten – I think that’s the point. That means the society at large is liberalizing. And that’s what we all want.

      Palin Bachman, other than providing SNL with endless and delicious material, might be over the top enough to convince me that we are all now actually living in a cartoon.

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  8. Ms. Holland,

    My continuing point with the Islamic Liberals is, I don’t think you want to live in a country with a large Islamic influence. You and your fellow Liberals cannot stand Conservative Christianity . Picture that on steroids. There are sections in European cities where if a woman dares walk in public with out being covered up, she is severely verbally assaulted by the local Muslim men.

    You Liberals have to find a way to demonize any Conservative that you fear. As Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were labeled as stupid, well guess what, now so is Governor Palin. I don’t know Ms. Bachman that well, except that she draws fire from Liberals, almost as much as Palin. That is all the endorsement I need. If your side says anything good about a Republican, I get concerned.

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    • Ronald Reagan and George Bush both lacked much knowledge of human history and philosophy which are essential qualities for leadership. Both presidents lost their audiences long before the curtain came down on their administrations.

      As for Palin? She’s a grifter Alan. She’s a con. A huge con, laughing all the way to the bank while she’s prepping Bristol for Dancing with the Stars and her almost son in law father of her grandchild is running for her old job as Mayor of Wasilla as part of a TV reality show. These people are one large vulgar and tasteless soap opera. But go on cheering – they’ll be glad to stop by and take whatever donations you’re willing to make.

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  9. Ms. Holland,

    If you had said anything positive about Reagan, Bush, or Palin I would have been worried. Now I know all is as it should be in the Cosmos. 🙂

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    • You’ll find I’ve said plenty positive about Reagan over my year blogging. He did some things very right and I honor him for that. And you may notice my friend that in this post I in fact DID say something positive about Bush.

      Palin however ? It ain’t gonna happen. She’s a tramp.

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  10. Ms. Holland,

    I am always amazed how the most anti women comments come from women. I am reminded of the old joke, ” what do you call 9 men, a baseball team, what do you call 9 women, a riot “.

    ” Palin however ? It ain’t gonna happen. She’s a tramp. ” Back it up.

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  11. Thats asking too much of him.

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