Saturday, December 1, 2018
Godspeed, President Bush!
Allow me to join in that great chorus of voices that is praising the honorable service and accomplished life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died yesterday. I was always a big fan of his. For many years, in fact, there was a life-sized cardboard cutout of President Bush that adorned my room. Granted, Bush was a moderate, and in 1992 I was sorely tempted to support the insurgent candidacy of Pat Buchanan (for all the obvious reasons), but I never lost respect for Bush the man. He was a patriot, a gentleman, and a consummate public servant. It is to the everlasting shame of this country, if you ask me, that we replaced Bush with...Bill Clinton, of all people, in 1992. We traded a war hero for a peacenik draft-dodger. What a deal! That's water under the bridge, though, and Bush himself never bore a grudge. Can you imagine an officeholder graciously accepting defeat, in our present climate? Well, times have changed, and not always for the better. Mark my words: you'll see a lot of news stories in the next few days to the effect that the real lesson of Bush's life is...that Trump sucks. I respectfully disagree, although I understand why the Bushes find Trump's style so odious. They're entitled to their opinion. I'm also entitled to mine: I think George H.W. Bush was a fine man and an excellent President. By all appearances, he was a great family man too. He will be missed.