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Statement by President George W. Bush

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by public hermit, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. public hermit

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    "...Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.

    This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way."

    Statement by President George W. Bush | Bush Center

    I didn't think G.W. Bush was all that great a president. Now, he is a calm voice of wisdom and reason in a leadership vacuum. It's strange, but I miss him.
     
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  2. FireDragon76

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    He had a flawed vision for the world, but neoliberals are still liberals, and hence, more progressive than fascism or nationalism.
     
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  3. Desk trauma

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    There was a somewhat common bumpersticker during his administration that read "I never thought I would miss Nixon" I now understand and am right there with them.
     
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  4. TLK Valentine

    TLK Valentine You will be who you will be. We are our choices.

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    Everything is relative -- he was certainly an improvement over what we're currently saddled with.
     
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  5. Evan Jellicoe

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    I voted for Bush, and McCain, and Romney. I didn't vote for the Democratic candidate until 2016. But one thing that was a special positive for Bush was that he said right out loud that he called himself a "compassionate conservative," which is how I describe myself in terms of my personal values and conduct. I believed, as Bush said he believed, that a conservative approach was actually the best way to help the poor.
    A large part of what convinced me to change my vote is that I slowly came to see that there seem to be way too many conservatives--including a lot of Bible-believing Christians--who actually have no compassion at all. They are all about law and money, and they have no use for "losers." They say that the poor are poor because they deserve it, and that if they would just come to Jesus and do what He says everything would be alright for them. When I finally realized that a rising tide does not lift all boats, that was when I decided to side with the party that values the welfare of all people above money and above the preservation of the "good ol' days" (which weren't really all that good).
     
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