President Bush Sr. Once Ordinary Now Extraordinary

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President Bush Sr. Once Ordinary Now Extraordinary

As I said a few days ago, one of the side effects of a decade of watch­ing the media closely is to under­stand the whats and the whys of what the ends/​means dri­ven media does. They have two uses for con­ser­v­a­tives and or repub­li­cans. The first is to encour­age them to crit­i­cize other repub­li­cans and con­ser­v­a­tives while alive. Then sec­ond is explained by Stacy McCain below :

For­mer Pres­i­dent George Her­bert Walker Bush will be uni­ver­sally praised in the wake of his death because it is always the pol­icy of lib­er­als to cel­e­brate the dead Repub­li­cans they for­merly defamed, as a means to impugn the liv­ing Repub­li­cans they cur­rently defame. Those of us old enough to remem­ber how lib­er­als hated Bush when he was pres­i­dent (and before that, as vice-​president under Ronald Rea­gan) will not be deceived by their pan­e­gyrics to his “civil­ity” and “bipartisanship.”

George Bush was the last pres­i­dent to have served in World War 2 and his death puts an excla­ma­tion point on the dying off of the Amer­i­can cul­ture of my father and mother, a cul­ture that had been born in the colo­nial era and had cul­mi­nated in a gen­er­a­tion that man­aged to save the entire world from Nazism, Fas­cism while young and win the Cold War.

The unfor­tu­nate side effect was that the wealth and strength of the nation that their efforts pro­duced a gen­er­a­tion so com­fort­able that they rejected or eschewed the cul­ture and reli­gion that made that com­fort pos­si­ble and has led to our cur­rent state of affairs.

It’s fair to say that Mr. Bush term as a pres­i­dent was mixed, but with­out a ques­tion it is also fair to say that his efforts as a father was not, his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren despite wealth and com­fort pro­duced by his suc­cess did not suc­cumb to the temp­ta­tion to reject the cul­ture and lessons of their father. Their pub­lic lives have been given to pub­lic ser­vice and to the best of my knowl­edge their pri­vate lives have been fine and honorable.

While for his­to­ri­ans and writ­ers the first might have more mean­ing it is the 2nd, his suc­cess as a father and role model to his pos­ter­ity that is the most sig­nif­i­cant and praise­wor­thy and I sus­pect was the legacy that he was most proud of. It would be a fine thing if dur­ing the next five days the media stressed this fact.

Alas I sus­pect said media will only do so if they find it to their advan­tage in their war on repub­li­cans and con­ser­v­a­tives in gen­eral and Don­ald Trump in par­tic­u­lar, a war where there is never a truce and the dead are pressed into ser­vice to serve their cause.

That’s quite a con­trast to the war that the very com­fort­able and very rich Mr. Bush will­ingly choose to fight: Stacy Again”

Did I men­tion that Lt. Bush’s grand­fa­ther was a wealthy indus­tri­al­ist, that his father was a sen­a­tor, and that he was a senior at pres­ti­gious Phillips Andover Acad­emy when he decided to enlist? In other words, the sons of America’s priv­i­leged elite once felt a patri­otic duty to their coun­try that today’s deca­dent elite don’t seem to feel, and if noth­ing else, Bush deserves to be well remem­bered for his heroic service.

Mr. Bush’s gen­er­a­tion real­ized that the Amer­ica in which seem­ingly all thing were pos­si­ble was only made pos­si­ble by a moral and respon­si­ble peo­ple who had made great efforts toward the goal of a good life and safety for them­selves and their chil­dren rather than self grat­i­fi­ca­tion in all things.

One might debate if the coun­try if the coun­try as a whole would be bet­ter if more pols emu­lated the var­i­ous poli­cies Mr. Bush advanced while in pub­lic ser­vice and polit­i­cal office, but in my mind there is absolutely no debate that the coun­try would be far bet­ter off if more peo­ple emu­lated his exam­ple as a hus­band, a father and as a role model which at one time was amaz­ingly com­mon among a Amer­ica that at the time of his youth it would scarcely have been noticed.

The coun­try will remem­ber Pres­i­dent Bush in a solemn fash­ion for the next few days and that’s extremely proper.

For myself I’d say the reminder that Mr. Bush’s way of life, once so ordi­nary in his youth is now at the time of his death, extra­or­di­nary to Amer­ica is the real rea­son for this coun­try to mourn.

As I said a few days ago, one of the side effects of a decade of watching the media closely is to understand the whats and the whys of what the ends/means driven media does.  They have two uses for conservatives and or republicans.  The first is to encourage them to criticize other republicans and conservatives while alive.  Then second is explained by Stacy McCain below :

Former President George Herbert Walker Bush will be universally praised in the wake of his death because it is always the policy of liberals to celebrate the dead Republicans they formerly defamed, as a means to impugn the living Republicans they currently defame. Those of us old enough to remember how liberals hated Bush when he was president (and before that, as vice-president under Ronald Reagan) will not be deceived by their panegyrics to his “civility” and “bipartisanship.”

George Bush was the last president to have served in World War 2 and his death puts an exclamation point on the dying off of the American culture of my father and mother, a culture that had been born in the colonial era and had culminated in a generation that managed to save the entire world from Nazism, Fascism while young and win the Cold War.

The unfortunate side effect was that the wealth and strength of the nation that their efforts produced a generation so comfortable that they rejected or eschewed the culture and religion that made that comfort possible and has led to our current state of affairs. 

It’s fair to say that Mr. Bush term as a president was mixed, but without a question it is also fair to say that his efforts as a father was not, his children and grandchildren despite wealth and comfort produced by his success did not succumb to the temptation to reject the culture and lessons of their father.  Their public lives have been given to public service and to the best of my knowledge their private lives have been fine and honorable.

While for historians and writers the first might have more meaning it is the 2nd, his success as a father and role model to his posterity that is the most significant and praiseworthy and I suspect was the legacy that he was most proud of.  It would be a fine thing if during the next five days the media stressed this fact.

Alas I suspect said media will only do so if they find it to their advantage in their war on republicans and conservatives in general and Donald Trump in particular, a war where there is never a truce and the dead are pressed into service to serve their cause.

That’s quite a contrast to the war that the very comfortable and very rich Mr. Bush willingly choose to fight: Stacy Again”

Did I mention that Lt. Bush’s grandfather was a wealthy industrialist, that his father was a senator, and that he was a senior at prestigious Phillips Andover Academy when he decided to enlist? In other words, the sons of America’s privileged elite once felt a patriotic duty to their country that today’s decadent elite don’t seem to feel, and if nothing else, Bush deserves to be well remembered for his heroic service.

Mr. Bush’s generation realized that the America in which seemingly all thing were possible was only made possible by a moral and responsible people who had made great efforts toward the goal of a good life and safety for themselves and their children rather than self gratification in all things.

One might debate if the country if the country as a whole would be better if more pols emulated the various policies Mr. Bush advanced while in public service and political office, but in my mind there is absolutely no debate that the country would be far better off if more people emulated his example as a husband, a father and as a role model which at one time was amazingly common among a America that at the time of his youth it would scarcely have been noticed.

The country will remember President Bush in a solemn fashion for the next few days and that’s extremely proper.

For myself I’d say the reminder that Mr. Bush’s way of life, once so ordinary in his youth is now at the time of his death, extraordinary to America is the real reason for this country to mourn.