With the opening of the new Bush Library, the creepy Bush family is trying to rewrite history and play with our memories. Unfortunately for them, my memory is just fine. The article in question is sarcastic, snobbish and overtly right-wing. The writer asks a few simple questions at the end of his article. What the hell — I’ll answer them for the moron who wrote the article.
“Upon what do you base your view of President Bush’s intellect?”
His actions and word, nearly all of them, over an 8 year period, during which time I was paying very close attention.
“How much is it shaped by the conventional wisdom about him? How much by verbal miscues highlighted by the press?”
Hardly any of it. My knowledge of Bush’s stupidity is based on his actions. President Bush was a mean, dumb jerk and probably still is. What other president obviously tortured people and then lied about doing it and then later admitted it but said torture wasn’t really torture? Only a dumb, mean jerk would do that. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Do you discount your estimate of his intellect because he’s from Texas or because of his accent? Because he’s an athlete and a ranch owner? Because he never advertises that he went to Yale and Harvard?”
This is funny. Bush did mention his schools now and then, in his usual snobby elitist way. But I especially had to laugh at the word “athlete”. Bush is not an athlete and never was. He rode a bike but that never made him an athlete, unless you are talking about his cheerleading days. Now, he thinks he’s a painter, but he paints himself mainly washing and taking baths, and then he does paintings of puppies. He’s feeling unclean, for some reason, and child-like at the same time. As for being “southern” — I think two of the smartest people ever had southern accents — Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower. They might even both be from Texas — so no, that’s not it. It’s that Bush is a moron.
Only a stupid man would say, when asked about terrorism, that “They hate us for our freedoms”. What an insultingly stupid thing to tell the public — at the same time that same man is wiretapping us, data mining us, and surveilling everyone as much as he can, all the while stuffing innocent men into dungeons in various secret prisons around the world.
“This is a hard one, for liberals only. Do you assume that he is unintelligent because he made policy choices with which you disagree?”
Obviously, a partisan question. No, we don’t assume he’s unintelligent because we liberals disagreed with everything he did and wondered how any human being could act so utterly inhuman. Not even because he sent us to war on a lie, because it was a war for oil, and he told us it was for weapons of mass destruction that never existed. We assumed he was dumb because he thought the Iraq war would end in about six months, and he thought their oil would pay for his war. And he thought we could fight two wars at once, in several countries at once, and pay for it all with magic oil dust, and the world would love us for it. He was Super Bush. He had only a very childish and very naive sense of how it would all turn out, while many of us “liberals” saw the outcome as obviously disastrous and horrendously expensive. We were right, he was wrong. Why didn’t Bush see any of that coming?
Because Bush was a very stupid man.
There are a hundred other reasons, actions and words from Bush during those horrible eight years, that prove his stupidity. He had no logic. He knew less about the Middle East than your average sixth grader. He could not reason. He could not articulate anything, no matter how simple. He even talked about steroids in baseball during a State of the Union speech.
So many WTF moments during his presidency. And there was his lack of original ideas and attempts to be like Reagan. How about his supposed economic analytic skills: that old trickle-down economic theory he espoused, a theory which has never, ever worked despite Republicans always claiming it does. If Bush is so gosh-darned smart, why did he think trickle down economics would work, despite zero evidence of that ever happening? Huh?
Anyone who thinks George Bush was smarter than the common man or women is also a moron and is counting on the fact that we don’t remember recent history. (Rewriting history is all the GOP has left in their attempts to be taken seriously.) Not only are our memories just fine, but the internet exists, and it contains all of Bush’s actions, and all of his claims, and all of his lies, and you can’t get away from that simple fact. It’s all there in black and white and we won’t forget… unless you have a way of destroying the internet. I’m sure the GOP is working on that.
George Bush was stupid while he was president and he’s still stupid. He said on camera during a recent interview with Matt Lauer that the purpose of his library wasn’t to present actual facts to the American people, but to present the facts as he saw them at the time. In other words, his opinions — like Saddam was part of 9/11, which was a pathetic joke to everyone but him. So he doesn’t feel his presidential library even has to include the facts of history. His library even contains a deceptive interactive game along the same lines where you are told you are wrong if you disagree with his faulty reasoning. It’s the same old thing: Up is down, north is south, War is Peace. Who in the world would ever want to revisit the topsy-turvy 1984 Orwellian world of GW Bush by going to his Alice in Wonderland Library?
No, we don’t think Bush is stupid because he has an accent. It’s because of what he didn’t have: a functioning, empathetic brain.