There was a time in my life where I felt that the biggest existential problem to the US was a man like him. I now long for those days. George H Bush was a patriot. I disagree with the man but I have never doubted that he put his country first in nearly every decision he made. I have no doubt that the man in the white house now in 2018 has only his own interest in mind for every decision he makes (if anyone out there disagrees with this please DM me, I am genuinely curious ahow one would defend this).
In July of 2015, the current GOP leader and frontrunner in 2020 openly mocked and diminished John McCain’s time as POW and the torture he endured there. The then candidate said “I like people who weren’t captured.” Really, it should have been over then, and journalists thought that it would be the end, that the GOP wouldn’t tolerate mocking a war hero. Well, we know that outcome of that. Although McCain and H. Bush are not perfect analogues, it’s clear: Blind allegiance to a cult-leader has completely usurped any affinity to a candidate who has served his country.
If I were a conservative I would be taking a hard look in the mirror and then try to see if there is anything recognizable left in my party: How could a minority of extremists hijack the GOP in just a few decades? Bush was a military hero, an experienced politician, a moderate conservative, and in 1988 this is what the GOP wanted. Today the same party applauds name calling, diminutive nicknames, and false accusations.
We need a hero like George H Bush today. We need someone like him in 2020 to save the Republican Party (and it is a Democratic Socialist typing these words). I don’t mind going blow for blow with a party that elects people like him. But now the GOP is immune to facts and elects people like the current president.
I just want you to pause and look at what these men have accomplished in the years before their presidencies:
This is lifted from Wikipedia and, as it is the abstract of both men, it leaves off their major flaws. I want to footnote that it is empirically true that the latter has way more quantifiable flaws most notably his failed businesses and marriages, but I digress.
The difference between the resumes of these two men quite impressive. Just half a lifetime ago conservatives in the United States demanded that their leader have such a rich background in service, politics, and business as the late president. I am stunned by the poor qualifications and subsequent performance of your current leader, and if I were in your party I would be ashamed.
I honour warriors and patriots like George H. Bush and long for the days when the worst outcome of an election is a man like him at the helm. He was my president for four years and I hope that he is not the last of the patriotic and respectable leaders the GOP elects.