Sunday, September 26, 2021

The ‘Foul Spirit’ of George W. Bush and America’s Ruling Class

Bush’s complete misunderstanding of that day, coupled with his apparent desire to rub our noses in his own failure and the failures of his class, is profoundly offensive. 

By September 14, 2021 As with so many other aspects of our time, we seem destined to suffer the most trite and underwhelming imitations of things that once were great or at least impressive........ Can there be a more perfect synthesis of the last 20 years of disappointing American politics than this man? He exemplifies everything—unaware, unashamed, unapologetic—that the American ruling class has become..........The everlasting incompetence and mesmerizing self-delusion on display at his recent 9/11 remarks make that clear............to lecture the public while standing on the very spot where common, average, everyday people sacrificed themselves to save members of the elite? .....

What kind of a person stands on the very spot where heroic, valiant Americans perished in a tragic last-ditch effort to save a symbol of their ruling class—either the Capitol or the White House, no one knows for certain—and dares to offer criticism of the American people?   What kind of cretin could possibly stir himself to lecture the public while standing on the very spot where common, average, everyday people sacrificed themselves........

............Bush lectured ordinary Americans—some of them the very people felt compelled to answer his call to defend America 20 years ago at Ground Zero........that extra step is truly breathtaking............. The sheer violence to common decency, statesmanship, and self-awareness that George W. Bush, a man I voted for twice, achieved with his 9/11 speech is, I confess, difficult to comprehend. Bush ......... [he] searched the American landscape for a recent, festering wound to scratch . . . and broke it wide open.....To Read More..... 

 

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