Death magically makes all of us saints

Editorial cartoon by Ted Rall

Boy, has the biography of the late former President George H. W. Bush thoroughly been whitewashed.

The credible groping allegations that came late in his life pale in comparison to the other harm that he caused to millions of people at home and abroad.

I was a victim of the first George Bush recession of 1990 and 1991 right out of college, and I vividly remember the first George Bush Gulf War of 1990 and 1991, which, along with the recession, was a great way to start out my young adult life: in an environment of unnecessary war* and unnecessary poverty created by the elite for the elite.

Of course, Son of Bush would go on to unnecessarily slaughter even more people in the Middle East and cause even greater economic collapse here at home — not to mention how 9/11 happened even after the August 2001 presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” and how Hurricane Katrina killed almost 2,000 Americans, most of whom were expendable because they were black and/or poor.

So why has George H. W. Bush magically been rehabilitated in death?

For two reasons, that I can see:

One, most people are assholes who fear death, and when they see that someone else has died, they are reminded of their own assholery — and, of course, most paramount, they are reminded of their own mortality. It’s not actually about the person who died; it’s all about them. When they die, they don’t want people telling any ugly truths about them; they want to be whitewashed, too.

Also, of course, compared to “President” Pussygrabber, even the George Bushes seem like Abraham Lincoln — in style, anyway. (In substance, at least under Pussygrabber thus far we haven’t had another bogus war or another economic collapse. [Not that either or both of those things couldn’t still come yet, and yes, Pussygrabber has acted like an acid on what we call our democracy, and the damage from that is difficult if not impossible to calculate.])

Perhaps the ignorant masses conveniently “forget” what an evil asshole George H. W. Bush actually was because it makes them feel a little bit better about the Joffrey Baratheon-like “president” that they allowed to rise to power. (Yes, Joffrey Baratheon — a cruel, crass, wholly unfit and quite illegitimate ruler.)

Also, of course, I’m sure that there are many who think that praising George H. W. somehow hurts Pussygrabber.

And/or maybe they believe that praising George H. W. somehow will inspire Pussygrabber to clean up his act. But look at George H. W.’s act.

I, for one, certainly hope that Pussygrabber doesn’t match the damage that George H. W. Bush so casually inflicted upon so many millions of others.

I do, however, very much hope that just like George H. W., Pussygrabber humiliatingly is booted from the White House after only one term.

And it will be interesting to see how the ignorant masses try to whitewash Pussygrabber after he finally dies and goes to hell.

*The “Highway of Death” that Ted Rall mentions in his editorial cartoon was a war crime.

Good guys don’t commit war crimes. And no, an American never automatically is the “good guy.”

P.S. Here’s a lovely photo from the “Highway of Death” war crime:

In the 1991 Gulf War, American pilots bombed a retreating Iraqi convoy. Most US media declined to publish this photo.

Also know that the wonderful George H. W. Bush opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which he later claimed he regretted, but he then went on to perpetrate the blatantly racist Willie Horton fiasco — and infamously to refer to his own grandchildren as “the little brown ones” — so methinks that he didn’t regret it all that much.

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2 responses to “Death magically makes all of us saints

  1. Chachi Arcola

    You make some salient points. However, is this not a common phenomenon not limited to deceased dignitaries? Every obit I read and every eulogy I hear describes all dead persons as the greatest, kindest, funniest and most generous people ever. So much so that our world would surely be a better place…if it all were true and not hyperbole.

    I think the better question is: will Jimmy Carter be given the same acclaim when he dies in, what, another ten years? 😉 I’m pushing 50 and have not been alive for a Democratic Prez’s death. I think we all can agree that Carter is probably the finest human of the remaining commanders in chief. Will I be able to mail a letter at the Post Office a few day after he dies? Will he lie in state at the Capitol?

    • Robert

      Yes, we tend to angelicize everyone who dies (for the same reasons that I outlined in the piece), but it seems to me that the higher the decedent’s sociopolitical status, the more we indulge in the pathetic practice.

      Also offensive is the insinuation that ALL of us mourn the deaths of such scum as George H. W. Bush, such as in claims like “a nation mourns” and yesterday’s “national day of mourning.” I’M part of the nation. I’M not mourning.

      You probably are correct that these days dead Repugnican presidents get higher praise than would dead Democratic presidents, but we’ll see. I’m 50 and no former Democratic president has died during my lifetime, with the exceptions of Harry Truman (died in 1972) and LBJ (died in 1973). I was too young to be able to remember the attention that their deaths received.

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