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Bush provokes division with his “unity speech”

Bush provokes division with his “unity speech”

In 2001 and 2004, I voted for George W. Bush for President.  He was not my ideal choice but easily preferred over his Democrat opponents.  He – and his father – always struck me as philosophically mushy country clubbers – part of a political establishment that was more interested in being collegial than principled.

That seemed to be why the Bush family abandoned conservative PRINCIPLES to join the anti-Trump movement.  That is somewhat understandable in view of Trump’s sophomoric attacks on anyone he deemed disloyal. I never liked the Trump personality – and have said so repeatedly over the years.

Still, when it came to voting, I had to put conservative PRINCIPLES above a flawed personality.  I could not kick to the side more than 50 years of conservative beliefs to endorse or support those who would impose everything I fought against.   I could not desert to the other side – as a number of my high-profile conservative friends did.  So, I voted twice for Trump – and for the most part, was pleased with his policies and appointments.

For the better part of four years, W. Bush remained in the background – as former presidents traditionally do.  His public exposure was generally limited to his portrait painting – and an occasional bike ride with veterans.

In memorializing the 20th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan – that he launched with high purpose and optimism – Bush decided to express his bitterness at Trump by attacking those the media demonizes as his base.

Bush did not refer to the Capitol Hill riot – or even cite instances of “right-wing violence.”  But he was sufficiently – and I believe intentionally vague enough to enable the left-wing media to interpret – spin – his remarks as not only an attack on the rioters but on the entire Republican Party.

Bush condemned both international and domestic violence as the result of a comparable “foul spirit.”  Media personalities immediately declared that Bush was supporting the left’s hyperbolic mendacious narrative that there is an equivalency between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Capitol Hill riot.  In an incredible stretch of credulity, some even suggested that Bush implied that what happened on January 6th was WORSE than 9/11.

The Democrats’ crony media has spent more than six months puffing up the Capitol Hill riot into an insurrection organized and led by the Republican Party.  The narrative is nothing more than a tactic to avoid a GOP resurgence in 2022.  They have exaggerated the number of people killed as a result of the riot.  They have launched a congressional investigation of the event even though the FBI is fully engaged in a real investigation.  It is something neither the Democrats nor the FBI did with the more serious riots – carried on for longer periods of time with more deaths and destruction that occurred on January 6th.  There were no massive FBI arrests.  In fact, the rioters, looters, and arsonists were summarily released from custody by the Democrat law enforcement establishment – and Vice President Kamala Harris even organized bail for the perpetrators.

In his speech, Bush lateraled the ball to the folks on the left.  Did he do it intentionally – or was this just another example of Bush’s establishmentarian bone-headedness?  Either way, it was a gift to the left.

Whether Bush meant to draw an equivalency between 9/11 and the Capitol Hill riot – or whether his intention was misrepresented by those on the left – we may never know.  Even if it was the latter, Bush is not likely to have the courage to correct the record.

But what about the comparison, itself?

It is so outrageous that it is almost inconceivable that any sane person would claim ANY equivalency.  Our sworn enemies undertook a three-pronged attack on the United States – the worst since the British invaded to take back the colonies in 1812.  By official count, some 2,977 innocent people died in that horrendous attack.  The two most iconic structures in New York City were crushed to the ground.  The very headquarters of the American military was attacked – causing death, injury, and destruction.  And only God – and a number of terrorist leaders – know where that third commercial airliner might have struck – the Capitol Building or the White House.

The Capitol Hill riot was bad – very bad.  And those who committed crimes should be held accountable.  But it was not an insurrection and in no way can it legitimately be compared to what took place on 9/11.  Shame … shame … shame on every Democrat and media ally that has advanced that false narrative.  Shame on Bush for tossing that innuendo into the toxic political debate as fuel for the deplorables on the left.

Bush offered what he claimed was an appropriate remembrance of 9/11 and a call for national unity.  He failed in both.  His drift into the acrid contemporary political environment was disrespectful to the memorial and divisive in nature.  Bush should stick to painting and bike riding.

So, there ‘tis

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Larry Horist

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  1. Ben

    “Bush condemned both international and domestic violence as the result of a comparable “foul spirit.””

    Larry and the Republican Party; “And I took that personally”.

    Very telling.

    • larry Horist

      You can join Bruder to share the Adam Schiff Award for maliciously making up quotes and attributing them to others. You attribute, “And I took that personally” to me? You misrepresentation is essentially a lie.

      • Dan Tyree

        I would rather have Bush as president today than the brain dead moron that’s the so called president now

      • Ben


        First of all, it’s not a lie, it was an “alternative fact”.

        I guess you’re too old to get my reference to the Micheal Jordan documentary that has been turned into a meme. During the Last Dance documentary, Jordan repeatedly listed grievances concerning opponents and used them as motivation to up his game, saying he took each transgression personally, no matter how trivial.

        Now, In the modern era, any time that a perceived grievance is mentioned, the joke ( meme) is to say, “ and I took that personally”.

        Ugh, you are so out of touch, which brings me to my original point, you have no idea what’s going on outside your ivory tower, it’s time to hang it up.

        • Dan Tyree

          Larry the leftist trolls are trying to shout you down. And the rest of us also.

      • Joseph S. Bruder

        Wow, I don’t even have to show up to get into Larry’s head…

        The truth is, Bush laid low after his Presidency because he was ashamed of his role in 9-11, the ensuing wars that he started, and the economic recession that his policies caused.

        As far as all the Republican Principles… let’s start with McConnell blocking Obama from filling Cabinet posts, judicial appointments, and even a Supreme Court appointment – just because he wanted the first black President to be a one-term President. Obama managed to have a successful term anyway, but McConnell clearly demonstrated that he was putting partisam Party politics above the interests of the country.

        And then came along Trump – who even before he was elected, was the “pussy grabber” with a couple dozen rape and sexual assault allegations against him… who practiced a very Hitler-like divide and conquer strategy by demonizing first Mexicans, and then Muslims. Who was very clearly racist and had spent years trying to call Obama’s birthplace into question, and demanding that 5 black boys who were wrongly convicted of a rape be executed (some irony there!). Who promised multiple times to show his tax returns but kept making up excuses and then actually fighting it in court… Whose campaign had HUNDREDS of contacts with Russians associated with Putin…

        And then after his election, Trump just continued being Trump – criticizing allies while sucking up to Putin and other far-right dictators… Inviting the Russians right into the Oval Office… leaking classified military information directly to the Russians and even tweeting it out… bullying people by tweet, announcing official policy by tweet, being racist by tweet, causing absolute chaos in the country… who appointed family and unqualified donors (often with conflicts of interest) to head major departments of the government… whose almost-entire campaign staff and much of his Presidential staff got indicted for multiple crimes… who made money for himself every time he golfed, and pocketed bribes from rich foreign donors who would buy up entire floors of his hotel… passing the only major legislation of his administration, to cut taxes of the wealthy, including himself, Congress, and his donors… taking literally a quarter of his time to go golfing, who never paid attention to briefings, who ignored the counsel of his military commanders… Stoking racial divisions, continuing to demonize immigrants, banning immigration from entire countries because they are primarily Muslim… “shit hole countries”… the guy who had his own “brownshirt brigade” who dressed in unmarked uniforms and attacked peaceful protesters….who actively encouraged white nationalists to go after BLM protesters and “exercise their 2nd Amendment rights”… trying to blackmail the Ukrainian leader to create dirt on his political component (and let’s not forget the Republican Party allowing him to get away with this)… a constant embarassment to the US among world leaders… his surrender of both Syria and Afghanistan…his mishandling of the COVID pandemic, creating the anti-mask and anti-vax movements, and losing the economic recovery streak he inherited from Obama… and culminating with his refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election, and his failed coup attempt. He’ll also be the first President to land in prison after his term.

        Yes sir, when it comes to PRINCIPLES, you voted for the one guy whose only principle was “I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO COUNTS, FUCK THE REST”. With such bad judgement, how is it that you managed to get a job writing a political column? Oh, you’re a Republican, you fit right in…

        • Jon

          Mr. Bruder. So much bullshit don’t know where to
          Begin. How about that fucked up mueller probe
          That wasted 40 million of my tax dollars that
          Went about Biden bragging about
          How he got a Ukrainian official to stop
          Investigating his crack head son Hunter.. How
          Adam Schitthead tried to get non existent pics
          Of naked Trump.. Your hero the biggest A$$hole
          President of all time Obama promising to a
          Russian diplomat on a hot mic how he will fix
          Things behind peoples back once re-elected.
          I could go on and on about all the devious bullshit
          Commie bastards held to high esteem by clowns
          Like you acting so high and mighty. protecting
          Child molesters and rapists like Bill Clinton.
          Or just stupid idiots like Cuomo and DeBlasio.
          So Bruder go find a hole to crawl into and
          Disappear.. I would take Trump any day than
          That stumbling mindless jerk that likes to
          Smell little girls hair or gets 13 military
          Members killed because of his stupid careless
          Acts.. Nothing honorable about Democrats
          Today.. should be called the Commie Party

        • Dan Tyree

          More lies and propaganda from the trolls. Lol. Prove it or shut up

  2. JoeyP

    Bush is a J O K E . . . with a BAD PUNCHLINE! What did you EXPECT from a RINO?!? One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

  3. Good Luck luck

    Hay, Bush are you turning into a Antti-American too?

  4. Jerry Leonard

    8 years he had and got us into 2 wars, couldn’t catch 1 man and left the country worse than he got it. Go away , bush, you’ve had your chance. Go back to your painting. Look at how much hunter is making off his. Who knows maybe the dimocrats will get him elected next and you both can throw a party.

  5. Phyllis J Johnson

    Bush had the courage to speak up about the divisions in this nation which are very very true. You can see it happening almost daily at the school board hearings over the issue of masking or not masking when the anti-maskers are rude and threatening to the other speakers (see what happened in Tennessee) and the school board members. I know sometimes those on the other side speak up and are ugly, but they don’t threaten the very lives of those they are against. Yes, we have a major problem in this country and yes, it’s not the one I was raised in. No ONE would have used the “f word” around others in open discussion meetings when I was a young woman. We were held to a higher standard–not one that Trump and his followers have brought us to.

  6. frank stetson

    “always struck me as philosophically mushy country clubbers – part of a political establishment that was more interested in being collegial than principled.” Wow. Just wow. That one just took you off my Christmas card list. :>( I mean to call George Bush Sr. “more interested in being collegial than principled” versus the Trump travesty that you “for the most part, was pleased with his policies and appointments.”

    First, George Bush Sr. is a national hero of our Greatest Generation with more principles than you even know. Don’t think he ever stole a cent. He is one of our greatest Americans dedicating most of his entire life to service to our nation. Teaching his children to follow in his footsteps to serve the nation. More principles in his little finger than Trump has in his entire body. Trump, principles, give it a rest. Two words that will never be used together except in shame. No sane person uses the word principles when talking Trump.

    Mostly pleased with his appointments? Do you want a list of incompetents starting with Ivanka, Jared, Scaramucci was a good one. OR Perry for Energy who desired to dismantle Energy until he got the job at Energy. Price, DeVos, Pudzer, Carr, Ross, Flynn, Miller, Bannon, Gorka, and more are just plain incompetent for the positions they took. I can double this list, easy. Heck, we can move off incompetent and create the same list for Trump appointments with Russian financial ties too… This is one stupid, dirty, incompetent tribe.

    How can anyone be pleased with his appointments? Their turn over rate is so high that it proves even Trump could not be pleased with his own appointments. He hires, fires, and calls them idiots more than any other President in history. No other Presidents has ever presided over such a revolving door of appointments. Hell, he couldn’t even appoint half of them, had to make them acting because he knew NO ONE would approve this incompetent lot of fools.

    You have sold your soul of principles for a handful of silver policy wins. Your quest to win has obliterated any principles you might have had. You have lost your grasp of reality.

    Webster’s defines insurrection as: “a violent uprising against an authority or government.” It was an insurrection. Poorly planned, even more poorly implemented. But these fools came loaded for bear, literally, and were within feet of their bloody goal when they fumbled the ball on the one yard line. It was the Nation’s Capitol loaded with the Nation’s Government that they came with arms, tools for taking hostages, and intent — they thought about this, planned this, way ahead of time. It wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t the spur of the moment. They came to do physical harm to symbols, structures, and people, only the police and pure dumb luck stopped the death toll from being extreme. And Nero who had promised to be with them, chuckled and snorted as he watched their assault from his dining room flanked with screens. It took him hours to issue a lame request for them to cease and desist while congratulating them on their “principles.” Were you holding your nose or applauding?

    It’s easy to call for justice but apparently extra investigation is a bridge too far for your principles. Just wow.

    As bad as 9/11 in it’s outcome. Certainly not. But that is not what Bush said. He said: “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home.” drawing his first significant difference. And then he followed: “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.” Well, you got a problem that both have the same foul spirit at their core? No me. And then he issues the challenge that you seem loathe to follow: “And it is our continuing duty to confront them.” So I say — let the FBI investigate. Let Congress investigate. This was a yuge thing, our response should be even yuger.

    I think you are once again, pinching your nose and pretending the stink doesn’t matter as long as you get your way with appointments and policies that promote what you think is right. Perhaps you are doing the right thing, but long ago you forgot what is the right way. And you are wrong. Trump appointments generally suck, even Trump acts like it, check the quotes. Trump policies generally suck, he squandered the great economy he was handed, he presided over our largest pandemic ever where the US failed totally as compared to other nations, and he set a national culture where people would rather take horse medicine than approved vaccines.

    George Bush basically has been in seclusion painting some really bad art, but happy, like his father, in being a hermit. 9/11 brought him out and he thought he was doing his part for his nation. l commend him. You and the defensive right seem to flinch as Bush hits your principle nerve. So you push back, once again favoring forgetting what happened, trying to silence further investigations, and professing your hatred for anything not Trump.

    Funny thing about the Bush’s. At his time, I hated Bush Sr. and applauded Bill Clinton’s election bitch slapping of the man. I even though he might have faked his war heroism dumping his plane instead. Yeah, I was that far gone in losing my principles. Is that you? Over time, I realized I was totally wrong and feel he is our nation’s hero, a real hero, who was one of our bravest Presidents ever. “Read my lips” and raising taxes was the right thing, the bravest thing, perhaps I have seen ever. He did the right thing at the cost of his legacy. Wow. Now he sits at the hand of Reagan and both wonder what the hell has become of Larry, and his principles, because both seem lost.

  7. Frank stetson

    Dan saying support it or shut up. I just coffee spewed my pc.

    Freakin parrot. Can’t even have an original thought.

    I commend the concept though. Let’s see how Danny does. So, Dannie boy., we still waiting for the Kamala “heels up” proof. It’s been a couple weeks now. Still only exist in your mind and with your “friends.”

    • Dan Tyree

      Still waiting for you to prove me wrong. We have a Mexican standoff

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