Originally Posted by SDW2001
No really...let's discuss it. Let's talk about what Bush did to make things so terrible.
It wasn't so much what *Bush* did that was so terrible. He was just the president. But it was what happened on his watch, and the decisions made by those close to, and running his show.
The first was before he was even in office, US Supreme Court decided 5-4, arbitrarily, that counting the votes of the people of Florida was of less importance than the political career of George W. Bush.
Had *ALL* the votes in Florida been counted, and Bush had won fairly and squarely, then that is OK. We voted in a man whose legacy was at best a farce. We've possibly had worse presidents. But the hijacking of the 2000 election by Katherine Harris, DataBase Technologies and others, employing fraud and deception, then the subsequent act by the SCOTUS in basically canceling the election, negating and replacing the votes of 100 million or so Americans by those of 9 judges, was a national disgrace at best, perhaps even an act of treason.
Anyway, as I said before, if Bush had won after *all* the votes had been counted, then we can live with that.... yes, even we liberals. However, never knowing who really won, is the part that keeps this case rumbling on. I have argued with many conservatives over this, who invariably end up saying, "Oh sheesh, get over it already"... but if you can get them listen to the inverse of this story.... a situation in which Gore operatives had tampered with the electoral system striking 10s of thousands of NRA members from the electoral roll, and a democratic majority in the Supreme Court had stopped the count when it appeared that Bush was catching up...
Say no more.
Back to the reply...
"Let's talk about what Bush did to make things so terrible".
Bush? Don't blame Bush. He's just a son in a famous American dynasty... a household name with a long history. He didn't have a very successful record in business, but most business startups fail. He did serve his country during the Vietnam War, but his élite family status allowed him to to be stationed in Texas, as opposed to shipping out for combat duties... Don't blame Bush for that.... he's far from alone there. He had some problems with drugs and alcohol in early life, but so do millions of others; Bush however recovered, and ended up being (properly) elected as governor of Texas. Bush wasn't in control of the 2000 election... don't blame him for that either.
The category 5 shitstorm that went down during the Bush years, and has continued and even accelerated during the Obama years, is far more because of these guys
, and these guys
and these senators in the first list in this link
Don't blame Bush. He was a powerless mouthpiece, largely clueless, and probably on all kinds of medication. He was in way over his head, (just like Obama). You could just see it in his helpless scared schoolboy look when his chief of staff Andy Card told him something we know not what, in that Florida classroom...