Now that our time under Bush is almost over the guys at the Wall Street Journal have decided to re-write history and George Bush’s place in it. His place according to the WSJ in an opinion piece published earlier this month?
He’s to be an unsung American hero who has been treated most cruelly by faithless Americans who’ve subjected this blameless man to disgraceful attacks that have been both cruel and slanderous.
Enter Leonard Pitts Jr, a Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for the Miami Herald who has a thing or two to say to the almost ex-president’s historical revisionists.
For my money, of all the things he has done that have damaged this nation — we’re talking lies and alibis, torture, the loss of American prestige, watching passively as New Orleans drowned, censoring science, politicising the Justice Department, a ruinous war of choice in Iraq, spending with all the discipline of an 8-year-old in a candy store — arguably the most damaging legacy this president leaves is that he has undermined truth itself.
After eight years of Bush/Rove politics, we live now in a nation where fact doesn’t mean a whole lot, where it is OK to believe the ”truth” that serves your political ends and jettison any that does not.
I have nothing else to add except Pitts’ closing:
Now, we are offered one last single-digit salute to our collective intelligence in the form of this grotesque suggestion that we should be ashamed of how we have treated Bush.
If anyone should feel shame, it is Bush and the cadre of sycophants that has enabled him for eight long years.
Of course, as young Shapiro so vividly reminds us, they don’t know the meaning of the word.
Oh, they know the meaning alright. They just don’t think it applies to them which is a part of the problem.