12 May, 2021

To Bush the Button

Good people stay away from politics because of a reluctance to be dragged into the mud by opponents and the press.

To Bush the Button
W HY do good people stay out of politics? This is the question that haunts me while the world salutes George W. Bush who has just become the most powerful man on earth. If this is the best the most powerful nation in the world can throw up, then there is something radically wrong with planet earth's politics.

We know that America is a land of some extraordinarily brilliant people. And yet their new president's singular contribution has been "Bushisms"—statements that are rib-ticklingly ridiculous. When he said things like "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream" or "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile", people were forgiving because they assumed he suffered from spoonerism. But his supporters and family say he didn't. In which case, you can neither understand nor forgive his verbal lapses.

Just consider some of these Bush profundities: "Quite frankly, teachers are the only ones who teach our children" or "For nasa, space is still a high priority" or "A low voter-turnout is an indication of fewer people going to...

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