Former President George W. Bush delivered a public repudiation of President Donald Trump’s political identity, suggesting many aspects of the current administration are fueling division in the United States and around the world.
The former president defended the ideas of globalism, free trade, and free markets as well as foreign interventionism around the world in a speech at the George W. Bush Institute.
Free markets and free trade are very important. But globalism as we know it, where we hand over our trade agreements and economic priorities to socialists in European capitals, does not constitute free trade, George.
Whether Donald Trump’s presidency leads us closer to capitalism and free trade in America remains to be seen. However, one thing is certain: You will not foster free trade — or freedom of any kind — with the likes of the presidents of France and Germany.
“We cannot wish globalism away,” Bush said, noting that the United States must sustain “wise and sustained global engagement” for the future of the country.
“Wise” global engagement — according to whom, George? According to the left-wing advocates of a world socialist order, the ones you’re trying to impress by giving this ridiculous speech bashing Donald Trump? Get past it, W. They’re never going to like you.
Bush indirectly accused Trump of fueling dangerous ideologies that threatened the unity of the United States and global stability, spending a large portion of his speech complaining about social ills in the country.
America has just endured arguably the worst presidency in its history — that of Barack Obama. Barack Obama’s presidency was made possible by you, George. It took a president almost as bad — referring to yourself — to make an Obama presidency of relentless attacks on the American Constitution seem plausible and reasonable to millions of inattentive and ignorant American voters. Don’t shame those of us who voted for Trump, Mr. Bush. Shame on you.
“We’ve seen a return of isolationist sentiments forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places,” he warned.
Evidence, please? Oh, that’s right. None is required. You’re hoping most of us won’t notice that your attempts to install “democracy” and freedom in places like the Middle East only made the world more dangerous than you found it back in 2001. Thank you for that, George.
Bush urged Americans to “recover our own identity,” citing a commitment to global engagement, free and international trade, and immigration.
I thought America was supposed to be a land of free enterprise, private property, individual liberty and individual rights. People’s identities are personal and individual. You made those claims when you first ran for president in 2000, never meaning a word of them. Not even a year in office, Donald Trump — while no champion of laissez faire capitalism, to be sure — has done more to strike down socialized medicine, cut back on regulation of business and attempt to cut taxes than any president in a long time. How can you be so against what you call nationalism, George, and at the same time assert that Americans must recover their collective “identity”?
“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, and forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” he lamented.
Immigration is only a value in a free country. A nation’s immigrants tend to be its poorest. It’s the whole reason for their immigrating in the first place, to find liberty and prosperity. If we didn’t hook immigrants on welfare, food stamps, public schools, free health care and all the other freebies even before they become legal citizens, there would be no outcry. Under your presidency, George, the government spent like never before on wealth redistribution and was only surpassed by Obama. Where is your moral credibility?
“Bigotry seems emboldened, our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication,” he said. “There are some signs that support for democracy itself has waned especially for the young.”
“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” he lamented, noting that “argument turns too easily into animosity” and “disagreement escalates into dehumanization.”
Hate to break it to you, George. But you’re not talking about Donald Trump supporters. You’re talking about Antifa, the Democratic Party and all the others on the left who call for censorship, shaming and even violence against anyone who doesn’t share their views.
Poor George. What a sap. He thinks he contributed something to America while in fact he was one of our nation’s worst presidents ever, the one most responsible for the rise of Obama. We’re in the mess we’re in now largely because of people like him. The idea of George W. Bush lecturing people on Donald Trump is laughable.
Bush is not speaking to Republicans, conservatives or anyone like that. He’s desperately trying to gain the approval of the elite Democratic and European left who will never accept him. He’s a loser, not only because he failed as a president but because he never stood for a credible thing in his life. He squandered and bungled a historic opportunity to truly defend America in one of its darkest hours immediately after 9/11/01. We’re stuck with his sorry legacy, and we should be the ones lecturing him.
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