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Amanda Marcotte @AmandaMarcotte
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There will be a lot of sentimentality about George H.W. Bush, with people casting him as a noble statesman, compared with Trump and with his own son. Do not fall for this.

H.W. was a architect of the current situation, where the GOP is completely consumed by right wing nuts.
1) Even though H.W. used to be adamantly supportive of reproductive rights — his nickname in Congress was “Rubbers” — he switched sides for political expedience. This move empowered the religious right, ushering in an era of right wing terrorism against abortion clinics.
By helping lift up the religious right in this way, H.W. paved the way for his son to win the presidency by campaigning on anti-LGBT and anti-woman policies. So the Iraq War is the eventual result of H.W. pandering on this issue.
2) H.W. appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, as a slap in the face to the legacy of civil rights, as Thomas was replacing Thurgood Marshall. This was momentous, and not just because it helped establish “trolling the libs” as the major motivator of GOP politics.
It also, like embracing anti-choice politics, helped firm up the GOP as the party against women. The pattern of rallying around accused sexual predators and defaming their victims as sluts and liars really started with Thomas and continued through Trump and Kavanaugh.
3) While people think of “Operation Desert Storm” as the “better” Iraq War, it was also sold to the public based on a bunch of lies. billmoyers.com/2014/06/27/the… This established the pattern that W. built on, of using lies to start wars.
Nixon and Reagan are viewed, correctly, who ushered in the current GOP, ruled by amoral power-hungriness, bigotry, and deceit. H.W. had a chance to roll that back. He doubled down. Don’t let anyone bamboozle you about this.
Thanks to @DrTDogg for sharing this, showing that H.W. was also part of the process of the GOP embracing criminal conspiracies to gain and maintain power. nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna9…
Interesting that conservatives are whining and crying about this thread. Note: I did not call H.W. Bush a name. I did not make fun of him. I didn’t insult him or his family.

All I did was point out facts about his career.

Facts outrage the right. We are told to lie.
As for the claim that we are required to politely ignore a person’s negative legacy after they die, sure, if you’re burying a private citizen. Don’t bring up Grandpa’s adulteries in his eulogy.

But using death to distort historical facts about public figures hurts us.
The myth-making about H.W. Bush was already out of control. We can’t afford to have these lies fixed into people’s heads. We must understand our history to shape our future.
One more: Roger Ailes was a campaign strategist for H.W. Bush and helped convince him that blatant racism and toxic masculinity theatrics would appeal to GOP voters. politico.com/magazine/story…
One can draw a straight line from Bush's 1988 campaign to Trump running on the same macho posturing and racist hysterics. Know your history, folks. There's immense pressure to forget, and you should ask yourself who benefits.
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