“W” calls for unity, end of partisanship

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, former president George W. Bush “called on Americans … to put aside partisan differences, heed the guidance of medical professionals and show empathy for those stricken by the coronavirus and the resulting economic devastation.” (Read NY Times story here.)

“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” he said in a professionally produced video.

It won’t make a dent on his Republican successor, who has a learning curve a pingpong ball wouldn’t roll on. It probably won’t influence the “reopen” protesters following Trump’s cues, either, who show no evidence of having an ability to think for themselves.

Fifty years ago, Kent State students rioted because they believed our government was taking too many liberties with young Americans’ lives in Vietnam.

Last week, another generation of protesters — many sporting “MAGA” hats and “Trump” signs– rioted at the Michigan state capitol and other locations because they believe our government isn’t taking enough liberties with all Americans’ lives.

Even though some of these protesters brandished assault rifles, no police or National Guardsmen fired on them. Maybe because today’s leaders in Michigan did learn something from what happened in the neighboring state of Ohio half a century ago.

Update: Trump reacted by bitterly attacking Bush for not speaking out against his impeachment. Read that story here.


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  1. Mark Adams #

    There are ways to muddle through it and pay for it but this video an interview of Mark Blyth has some comments about Italy that apply to at least parts of the US.

    We have created an economic emergency and the graph is only going up.

    [Moderator: This link looks OK to me, but readers click on links at their own risk.]

  2. Mark Adams #

    Does this mean President Bush received his “You are not a war criminal” card from the Democratic party? Or are we supposed to take advice from a war criminal and most such criminals support unity and country.
    Didn’t W support Kavenaugh? But we could not question the truthfulness of the accuser then, but it is cool now? Depends on the party membership of the person accused?
    IS George W. Bush no longer a war criminal? Good to know sure you can pick up one of his paintings at some charity art auction. Supporting Covid 19 victims or heroes in some way.
    PS the virus did not cause the economic disaster. That was done entirely by choice by some of our politicians and some of us. Possible some who are afraid they may catch it and die. Then again they are much more likely to catch it and live. That even goes for the 90 year olds in nursing homes who are much more likely to die than a younger person. Perhaps we should celebrate the fact our society has so many older Americans. Our society may be a bit of a victim of our success.