Some thoughts on the passing of George H.W. Bush
Here’s a guy who expresses some of my sentiments, although my thoughts are not so Jewish or James-Baker-obsessed. I think GHWB discarded some of Reagan’s more successful policies.
However, I’m not president-obsessed or politics-obsessed. I’ve made a concerted effort to distance this site from The Daily Drama of never-ending pointless chattering and posturing. Grievance or victimhood shall not be my religion no matter how entertaining people find it. It’s just a sick religion, in my opinion. It turns people dark and bitter.
I’ve lost most many of my regular contributors when I announced “Please tell me what you, or someone you know, are actually doing to counteract or repel the Communists (in various guises). Don’t just sift through The Daily Drama and use online media as nothing more than a sort of primal scream therapy even if you do sometimes wrap it up in big words.”
I got a lot of crickets chirping, I can tell you. People like to bitch for the sake of bitching. They really love being offended. But it’s too easy to get wrapped up in it. I really do think “social media” is now “anti-social media.” It creates a sick vibe.
That’s not to say that there aren’t a host of outrages and absurdities every day. There are. And I bleed off some of my own drama by cracking wise and pointing out the obvious. If I didn’t, my head would explode.
In regards to George Herbert Walker Bush: We put too damn much emphasis on presidents and too little on running our own lives for ourselves. We need to downsize government influence at all levels starting with downsizing what has become The Imperial Presidency and downsizing our obsession with politics as if it were a religion (which it is, particularly with those on the Left).
Obviously a tremendous jerk and ego like Trump (or Pelosi, or Cuomo, or Gore, or Sanders) is fit for the job of the modern presidency where the occupant is as much an entertainer as he is politician. The human race has never been a race of ladies and gentlemen. Our politicians (from the crazy and racist Maxine Waters to the just plain vulgar — but good-on-the-Supreme-Court-picks — Trump) tend to represent the worst of who we are — the vulgar mob.
That said, personally G.H.W. Bush was, by all accounts, a brave, honest, decent man, far above the scum-troll likes of Obama, Trump, and the Clintons. But never forget that he was first and foremost a career bureaucrat and politician. He fought for his country bravely. And then he entered government and basically became a leach (a necessary one….some government is necessary) on our lives. Take a look at the pay and benefits these guys get (whether a president or some lower-level bureaucrat that you’ve never heard of). They are sucking off the teat of government while you and I work to feed this beast whose appetite for our money is insatiable.
That’s part of the irony of The Daily Drama. While the politicians rope-a-dope us by getting everyone so hot-and-bothered, they are generally the chief beneficiaries of the partisanship.
God rest the soul of George Herbert Walker Bush. But I’m afraid I’ll spare no time obsessing over him.