Bush emerges to preach on his favorite subject

Henry McCulloch writes:

George W. Bush emerges from his Preston Hollow lair in Dallas, where—if he had a shred of honor or humility—he would quietly remain. This time GW Bush pops up to give a speech at a policy institute in Dallas that inexplicably—except for money—bears his name, to encourage policy-makers to re-write U.S. immigration laws, the very same he refused to enforce when he ran the Executive Branch, in a “benevolent spirit.” Translated from Bush-speak, that means “give the aliens everything we could ever imagine they might want, and Americans be damned.” With that peculiar combination of maudlin sentimentality and entitled arrogance that made his presidency such an unpleasant experience for sentient Americans, Bush offers nothing but emotion to support his appeal; inconvenient facts about the immigrants he so adores also be damned:

“Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul,” Mr. Bush said. Growing up in Texas, he said, he had “the honor and privilege of meeting the newly arrived.” [emphasis added]

“Those whom I’ve met love their families,” he said. “They see education as a bright future for their children. Some willingly defend the flag.”

Mr. Bush, who has remained largely out of the policy arena since leaving office, issued an appeal. “As our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration,” he said, “I hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contributions of immigrants.”

Evidently, in Bush’s view, America suffers from a soul-sickness that only an unlimited injection of immigrants, whoever they may be and no matter whence they come, can cure. I should agree with Mr. Bush that America is sick in soul, but we should never agree about why. I think America’s sickened soul suffered tremendously from his presidency and suffers even more from the unending inundation of immigrants, legal and illegal and largely incompatible, who by their presence and demands greatly accelerate the destruction of America altogether. And all to the cheers of the Bush clan, its white American and mestizo members alike. Are these the sort of people America’s nominally conservative party wants as leaders? I fear we know the answer …

To think that members of this family, nearly as disastrous for America as the Kennedys, are touted as GOP presidential timber for 2016, in the form of W.’s brother Jeb—who with his Mexican wife and half-Mexican children is more militantly open-borders even than W.—and as candidates for statewide office in Texas, in the person of Jeb’s mestizo son George P., who makes it quite clear that he identifies more closely with his Mexican roots than his American, yet believes that by right of clan he should be an American public official. And these are leading Republicans. As Mr. Auster says, truly, it is their country now.

God has little reason that I can see to bless these dis-United States, but I still pray he will spare long-suffering Americans any more Bushes in public office. The Bush clan exemplifies what Mr. Auster also says of neo-conservatives: they stroll down the street as the buildings collapse in their wake, and never notice or learn from the damage they do.

The parallel is not exact, and I do not wish Thomas Becket’s fate on anyone, but I’ll still paraphrase what Henry II in his exasperation exclaimed about Becket: Will no one rid America of these meddlesome Bushes?

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Daniel F. writes:

I was morbidly amused by our sagacious ex-President’s assertion that immigrants “invigorate our soul.” Was he consciously echoing the 23rd Psalm (God “restoreth my soul”)? Or perhaps Psalm 19: “The teachings of the Lord are pure, reviving the soul”? I guess these immigrants are messengers to us from the divine. How wicked of us to reject them!

JC in Houston writes:

I don’t think it’s farfetched to say that we can thank George W. Bush for Obama. The man remains totally clueless.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 05, 2012 12:07 PM | Send

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