George H.W. Bush died and people are acting like he wasn’t the guy who put Clarence Thomas in Thurgood Marshall’s seat. I’m sorry, is the lead to harsh?
I’m not going to spend all of my time bashing George H.W. Bush mostly because it’d be too easy. I’m officially divorcing myself from the school of thought which says if you can’t think of something nice to say don’t say anything at all, or we need a cooling off period so everyone has the proper amount of time to grieve or slow down…it’s too soon.
That’s a lie designed to keep us from pulling apart the truth, from taking an uncomfortable look at the ugly underside of emotion.
Thurgood Marshall liberated the potential of every black child with Brown Versus Board Of Education. He was a precedent in and of himself. Filling Thurgood Marshall’s seat with Clarence Thomas reveals the president’s character, or in the case of George H.W. Bush, the president’s lack of character.
Elevating one black person isn’t big, it’s a game, a parlor trick. Elevating all black people is big. That hand was played by Thurgood Marshall.
George H.W. Bush played the hand of prudence to conceal a heart of darkness.
2 words: Lee Atwater.
On his deathbed, Lee Atwater begged forgiveness for Monkey Business, Willie Horton and The Southern Strategy which he implemented in the name of Richard Milhous Nixon. The Southern Strategy recognized you could no longer use certain words in the race war so you had to deal from the bottom of the deck, point your poker face in the direction of Civil Rights and when it got you in trouble play the shell game with Integration and when it got you in trouble play the three-card Monte on Bussing and when it got you in trouble play the bait and switch with Affirmative Action and when it got you in trouble, when all else failed, when the race war seemed to be over, finally over, hallelujah, double down on hatred by playing the 3/5ths joker on the Birth Certificate of the first black president.
On his deathbed, Lee Atwater begged forgiveness. On behalf of God I would like to say this, “You’re unforgiven, Lee. Go fuck yourself!” God isn’t afraid of throwing F-Bombs.
“Read My Lips: No New Taxes” was NOT an accomplishment. Everyone likes to make such a big deal out of George H.W. Bush making that bet and then welching. Big deal. All he did was piss off a bunch of rich guys and if we’ve learned anything in the past 2 years it’s that rich guys like getting pissed off almost as much as they like raping women on the way to work at the Supreme Court.
“Read My Lips: No Kavanaugh.”
Incidentally, raising taxes isn’t why George H.W. Bush lost his bid for a 2nd term. It was Ross Perot who split pocket queens and screwed the pooch. Not to worry, if this sounds complicated, it’s designed to sound complicated. It’s easy. You don’t have to play Liar’s Poker to understand the game, just have a pulse and pay attention.
George H.W. Bush was a 1 term president. This is the shining light on the hill, let no one tell you otherwise. This is what we need to reflect on. What it means when We The People play the niftiest trick of all…swapping horses midstream.
Everything Was Beautiful, Nothing Hurt & No One Voted.