No solutions, just trade-offs.
I still get people trying to defend the Bush Crime Family, especially the big-mouth Chickenhawk Dubya Shrub, who thought there were solutions to problems to which there are no solutions. (I once had a Swiss man tell me, “The problem with you Americans is you think there are solutions to everything”).
Dubya’s lack of wisdom and naiveté cost a lot of innocent people their lives and health. That’s what happens when incompetents gain political power – which is, at its worst, the power to turn lots of people into mangled corpses.
I’ve had people tell me he’s “highly educated” – he was a C student at Harvard and the only reason he got in at all because of his wealthy father (I’ve had more than one person who attended those East Coast schools tell me once you get in it’s no more difficult than a non-“elite” school – the same textbooks are used at any community college). Had he been raised in my hometown and graduated from my high school, with his lack of character (and alcoholism), he would have gone nowhere. I’ve seen it many times and a third-rater like Shrub didn’t have the ability to overcome such a handicap (the most famous and successful man from my hometown was a 1960’s Cardinals shortstop named Dal Maxvill – I have two signed autographed pictures my mother got from him when his wife gave birth at the local hospital).
I’ve been told Dubya is “highly intelligent.” He’s not. Anyone who says he “doesn’t do nuance” (which means he perceives everything as a childish black-and-white or a narcissistic all-good and all-bad) is not smart. He’s what I call a “high-IQ idiot.”
Shrub and I have the same IQ – 126. I use mine. He never has and at his age he never will.
Same with being able to fly a jet (when asked to volunteer he also refused to fly a fighter jet in Vietnam). I have a friend who flies passenger jets – and he’s responsible for all the lives on his plane – and he got his degree by mail (this was before the internet). Does that make him qualified to be President? Of course not. Same with Shrub.
There isn’t one one thing Shrub did in his life that made him qualified to be President. He was given everything and failed at all of it. Governor of Texas? He was put into office by a bunch of drunken Bubbas, with about 40% of the people voting.
As bad as Obama was – he doubled the deficit and created this moronic “Obamacare” – at least those things can be fixed.
What Dubya did with the war deaths and horribly wounded people and destroyed countries cannot be fixed - things are a lot worse over there than when he babbled, “Mission accomplished!” What we are really going to get out of it is vengeance from those the U.S. attacked and destroyed.
Shrub didn’t even expel the Saudis (who attacked us, not Iraq, not Afghanistan) from the U.S. (Carter at least expelled Iranians after they took hostages). Shrub was too busy flying his butt-buddies the bin Ladens out of the U.S. back to Saudi Arabia the day after 9-11 - the billionaire family he had business dealings with for decades.
Unfortunately lying to your self is one of the easiest things in the world.
Shrub and the other high-IQ idiots in his administration lied to themselves, which is why they’ll come up with any excuse to rationalize what they did “as a good thing” – you know, defending the “Homeland” from an insane, slavering homicidal monster even though Saddam Hussein was a third-rate tinhorn dictator with a third-rate slave army and was a threat to no one but his own people – which is not my problem or the problem of the United States.
But no – he was “Hitler.” To the historically ignorant everyone is Hitler even though the Jewish Bolshevists of the Soviet Union murdered tens of millions more people. Doesn’t anyone know their history anymore?
Thank God the political aspirations of the Bush Crime Family are over permanently – none of them will ever hold political office again. And I’m sure they hate Donald Trump after he destroyed “low-energy” Jeb! And desperately hope something terrible happens to Trump.
Too bad the Bushes can’t lose their wealth and have to get real jobs – I delivered pizzas in college, worked as a carpenter for my father when I was twelve years old and owned a taxi for five years.
Let’s see if the Bushes can work their way up again from the bottom.
They couldn’t do it. These days nearly everyone who becomes very wealthy does so because they are entrepreneurs in computer software – think Bill Gates and Elon Musk.
One of my posters made the comment about “producers.” There are either producers – creators – or parasites – destroyers.
The United States has very rarely had a President or a member of Congress who produced anything – all have been parasites feasting on the blood of productive citizens.
At least Donald Trump, as flawed as he is, produced something and gave people jobs. And yes he gamed the system. Perfect? Not even close. But a lot better than the alternatives. A hell of a lot better.
Can any politician say the same thing about being productive? Not one. Hillary Clinton? Bernie Sanders? The senile war criminal John McCain? Ha!
All governments are parasitical. At their best the real purpose of government is to set things up to help the producers create things and let people be the best they can be – that’s why the Declaration of Independence talks about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
It can be difficult to pursue those things when you have a blood-sucking parasite stuck on everyone – except for those born very wealthy, no matter how stupid and incompetent they are.