The American Thinker on Bush

The American Thinker has several articles about the outgoing President that provide a look at issues and attitudes worth considering.

Miguel A. Guanipa says Take My President, Please in wondering how the comedians will fare.

Regrettably, because that which is reasonably tolerated as edgy and daring by most sensible people, tends to be perceived by many acutely unbalanced individuals in their audience as fact; and so many pernicious smears and vicious lies persist, absent any efforts at accountability on the part of those from whom they have spawned, thanks to their careless and juvenile attempts at humor.

But a day of reckoning is afoot. And it is this most unlikely group of people which will not be celebrating

under the auspices of what promises to be the most liberal administration in history, liberal comedians will have to exercise their gifts within far more prohibitive and strictly defined parameters, in order to put out a fraction of what they were able to get away with when a conservative president was in charge.

Yomin Postelnik discusses The Bush Legacy and reminds us of events that we may not remember.

Writing about the legacy of any president must, almost by definition, be an exercise in contrasts.

In the false and childish worldview of the media, the coverage of any individual must boil down to either glorious adulation or backbiting vilification.

The media likes to portray the making of crucial decisions as either a shining moment of brilliance or as a random act of naivety, if not the impulses of evil. In reality, all major presidential decisions are made after intense consultation with a wide range of experts.

Common wisdom that is shaped by today’s shallow media is as worthless as it is false. Its broad acceptance is a tremendous disservice to the nation.

Then there’s Paul Kengor with Bush at the Stone Table: The Sacrificial Presidency of George W. Bush making an analogy between Bush and Aslan in a C.S. Lewis classic.

There will likely be a lot of such material fading away in the next few weeks but never really disappearing. Some will just offer platitudes or well established talking points which can often be distinguished by an emphasis on words such as “failure” or “mistakes” or an obsession with death counts. Others will be a bit more balanced and look at the real world with real complexity discussing practicality and balancing of issues in implementing decisions with actions.

UPDATE: another one by J.R. Dunn, Bush and the Bush-Haters

There’s nothing new about any of this. It’s present in Orwell’s 1984 in the “Five-Minute Hate” against the imaginary Emmanuel Goldstein, himself based on Leon Trotsky. The sole novel factor is its adaptation as a conscious tactic in democratic politics. That is unprecedented, and a serious cause for concern.

This will be an interesting study in emotion versus intellect.

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