Am I suddenly reporting from an alternate dimension, where former president and idiot/warmonger/lying sack of shit George W Bush is actually a well-spoken, thoughtful, and intelligent man? Seems like it. Yesterday afternoon, he took the stage of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas at a memorial service for the slain police officers there, and gave a speech that the Huffington Post called “a careful, expressive defense of a view of America utterly at odds with the man who next week, in all likelihood, will be officially crowned as the nominee of Bush’s Republican Party.” (i.e. Donald Trump)
“At times, it seems like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together,” Bush said (obviously referring to Trump).
“Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates too quickly into dehumanization. Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”
I hate saying this about one of the most loathsome people on the planet, but DAMN that’s a good line.” Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” If that doesn’t summarize the entire problem of the Republican party, I’ll eat my wig.
“And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose.
“But Americans, I think, have a great advantage. To renew our unity, we only need to remember our values. We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit ― by shared commitments to common ideals.
“At our best, we practice empathy, imagining ourselves in the lives and circumstances of others. This is the bridge across our nation’s deepest divisions. And it is not merely a matter of tolerance, but of learning from the struggles and stories of our fellow citizens, and finding our better selves in the process.
“At our best, we honor the image of God we see in one another. We recognize that we are brothers and sisters, sharing the same brief moment on earth, and owing each other the loyalty of our shared humanity.
“At our best, we know we have one country, one future, one destiny. We do not want the unity of grief. Nor do we want the unity of fear. We want the unity of hope, affection, and high purpose.”
Again, I hate to say it, but that’s damn fine speech. Of course, I know HE didn’t write it, but he delivered it, and it’s actually pretty haunting. So for today, and today only, I give him a thumb’s up. AGAIN, let me reiterate, one thoughtful speech doesn’t diminish his legacy of lies and hate. He’s HORRIBLE.