Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00What ever happened to the former President George W. Bush? In 27 Republican debates that began May 5, 2011 all the presidential candidates, without exception have had collective amnesia about Bush and his administration. It is as though his presidency never was, an administration whose policies both domestic and foreign brought the nation to the brink of collapse (i.e. sub-prime mortgage crisis, economic crisis, two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, income inequality, to name a few).
The strategy of saturating the public media with several candidates in multiple debates leaves one to believe that it was designed to erase Bush’s administration from the public’s memory. Not once did any candidate mention his name. Instead, the former President Ronald Reagan was held up as the champion and hero, quoting his familiar line “America, as the shining city on the hill.” Pretty words and platitudes, repetition, acrimony, bold-faced ambition, ego trips and exploitation of the process is what the American public has had to endure.
Coming down the home stretch for the Republican nomination is Mitt Romney, the millionaire, and the runner-up, a coal miner’s grandson, Rick Santorum. Both want “their America back.” One would ask where has it been and to whom does it belong? America is a nation of over 300 million diverse peoples that practice freely their beliefs, who have suffered the consequences of the now invisible Bush and his administration.
America in the past three and a half years has struggled to regain its economic health from a near collapse. Isn’t a thriving, prosperous America what all Americans want? Stratifying people, as the elite, the upper class, middle class, and the “free loaders,” as they have been described, is what divides us, and everyone is vying to preserve his own interests. “Freedom,” “One America,” “E Pluribus Unum” are the candidates’ jingoistic slogans meant to get our vote. But is that all they have to offer?
Bush left a mess behind and the cleanup for the present administration hasn’t been easy. Since Bush left office, accelerating technology has changed the world. A flood of information instantly available is leading to a global growing awareness, not only about politics and candidates, but how people can mobilize overnight to change governments and any status quo.
Franklin Square resident