[George H. W. Bush] was a public, not a private, figure — one of only 44 men to have ever served as president of the United States. We cannot, therefore, allow his actual record in office to be beautified in such a brazen way. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” as my colleague Glenn Greenwald has argued, because it leads to “false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts.” The inconvenient truth is that the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush had far more in common with the recognizably belligerent, corrupt, and right-wing Republican figures who came after him — his son George W. and the current orange-faced incumbent — than much of the political and media classes might have you believe.
– He ran a racist election campaign.
– He made a dishonest case for war.
– He committed war crimes.
– He refused to cooperate with a special counsel.
– He escalated the racist war on drugs.
Facts–not uninformed opinions–matter!!!
Headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush’s legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush’s pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and how a racist election ad helped him become president. We speak with Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan.
“Remembering George H.W. Bush’s Inaction on AIDS at Home While Detaining HIV+ Haitians at Guantánamo” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman ☮
George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan’s vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush’s death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush’s legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush’s pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and how a racist election ad helped him become president.
h/t: Occupy Democrats
On his radio program on Friday, American Family Radio’s Bryan Fischer summed up the entire election when he told his listening audience that “this is a vote on Tuesday about God.”
“Let’s just cut right to the chase,” he said. “Let’s make it simple. This is a vote on Tuesday about God. Which of these candidates, which of the parties that these candidates represent have the greatest sensitivity, regard, respect, reverence for the things of God? So this is a vote about God and which of these candidates and which of these parties is most likely to pursue policies that show some kind of deference to God and God’s standards and God’s will.”
Jim Bakker, one of Donald Trump’s most vocal televangelist supporters, warned on his program today that God will judge America for failing to elect Trump president. This election, Bakker said, could determine whether America survives or falls, because God is getting ready to punish the U.S. for keeping abortion legal.