President w, by way of a reporter, gave the nation a forewarning, regarding his awful, illegitimate, prevaricating, corrupt, woeful, horrible, horrendous, dreadful, terrible, appalling, deplorable, treasonous, frightful, ghastly, horrifying, revolting, hideous, despicable, monstrous, gruesome, (reader's choice)--legacy, after his first presidential election coup.
Very early into w's presidency, a press party was held at the White House, for journalists to get to know the new president. A freelance reporter had finagled an invitation from a newspaper. When w started moving through the crowd, the reporter greeted him. He told the president he was pleased to meet him, although there were several policy issues about which he disagreed. w: "I don't care what you think!" The president spun around in his size 10 shoes (size 10 matters regarding w's legacy) and started to storm off. He stopped and spun around again. w: "What's your name?" The reporter answered, w. w: "What paper are you with?" w, nodded to an assistant to write it down. There it was. Nobody questions this president! The reporter will have to pay for his insolence.
After that early warning, the entire world learned we all had to pay for questioning this president, who gave us nothing but deception, lies, and the destruction of our government, as well as our country.
THE bush LEGACY PROJECT: Leg.a.cy n 1. Something handed down from an ancestor, or predecessor, or from the past.
At last, bad boy bush, with a tainted past, would not be sassed, dangled from a mast, aghast, or smashed as he amassed his legacy. Karl Rove taught him, as sitting president, he could lie to his heart's content and the world, along with our U.S. Congress, will have to believe him.
w woke up one morning recently, realizing it was time to create his legacy and rewrite history. He had told ABC News, "I don't spend a lot of time really worrying about short-term history. I guess I don't worry about long-term history, either, since I'm not going to be around to read it, but, look, in this job you just do what you can." (w will no doubt move to Uruguay on the family farm, where they have no extradition.) w had a penchant of talking with a forked tongue and since Ronald Reagan had his Legacy Project, so must the commander guy.
Early legacy, when w was just a small tumor: "I understand small business growth. I was one."
In the White House, w, senior advisors, along with Karen Hughes and Rove, rolled out the Legacy Project. Turd Blossom (aka Rove) probably suggested that the “Mission Accomplished” guy was great at making up nicknames, so let's see what that brings to mind. Reagan was "The Great Communicator." The Project group started thinking. ("Vlad the Impaler" had already been taken, as was "Conan the Destroyer.") Advisor: "The Great Reformer!" Rove: "Too McCain." w has an idea. "Hey! The Great Protector!" Advisor: "The Democrat will say 9/11 was on your watch." w: "Yeah, but look how I protected them from another attack." Advisor: "They'll bring up Iraq and that you were responsible for recruiting a million or more terrorists." w: "I don't care what they think! To hell with them! Fifty years from now history will say, I was one of the best presidents this country has ever had. The Great Protector will get'er done!"
w'S LEGACY AS OF JANUARY, 2009 - (from BuzzFlash)
4,227 - U.S. Military Fatalities in Iraq*
631 - U.S. Military Fatalities in Afghanistan*
31,035 - U.S. Military Maimed in Iraq (source: - DoD Update - December 27, 2008)*
98,521 - Iraqis Reported Killed (source: Iraq Body Count)
1,307,319 Iraqis Reported Killed (source: justforeignpolicy.org)
* We now know the Rumsfeld Department of Defense was a branch of the Bush administration. Beginning the Iraq invasion, and for several years into the Iraq occupation, if a U.S. soldier died away from a battle scene, the death was not reported. Hospital deaths were not reported, nor the record number of U.S. military suicides. U.S. caskets returning from war not allowed to be photographed. Football hero Pat Tillman's death from friendly fire cover-up. (we saw the enemy and he was us). About One and a half million U.S. soldiers have gone into combat since 2001. Estimated 300,000 PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) returning U.S. Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans, with minimal psychiatric or no medical therapy available.
Iraqi - Population - Approximately 27 million. The World Health Organization estimated about 655,000 Iraqis died due to bush's war, or about 2.5% of the population. 2.5% of the U.S. population of 300,000,000 equates to 7,500,000.
OTHER LOW LIGHTS OF w's LEGACY
2.6 million U.S. jobs lost in 2008 - 84% more unemployed then when w was put into office. - 6 million unemployed then, 11.1 million unemployed now. (Paul Krugman says it should be higher with millions more working for part-time pay.)
w's murder of our language, the economy, world stature, jobs, financial well being, housing, infrastructure, health, education, Constitution, regulations, use of torture, freedom of speech, laws, our Congress, religion and the pursuit of happiness. "I don't care what you think," is the Bush legacy.
The author would appreciate readers submitting bumper sticker slogans, regarding their own ideas for the w legacy.
Here's mine. g.w. bush: "If it ain't broke, break it"
Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.
Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.