You might be feeling a little bored by all of the coverage of a Bush funeral.
If you are a generation back of Millennial (and covet your liberal / Democratic ideals) then you are probably feeling a combination of ill and anger at seeing media fawn over this man.
If you are in this category of people, you probably remember H.W. as the Willie Horton-guy who stoked the white man’s racist fear of the black.
You’d remember H.W. as the guy who unleashed the racist shame of Clarence Thomas on our Supreme Court. Replaced Thurgood Marshall with “pubic hair on the coke can” justice Clarence.
And, you’d remember how H.W. lied to our one-time ally and useful dictator Saddam Hussein that he was free to RE-TAKE Kuwait — the breakaway republic that was once part of Iraq. H.W. wanted war with Iraq, and after baiting Hussein with the promise of neutrality, lit up the night sky with a massive air assault on his shocked “Republican Guard.”
The same H.W. who ordered the U.S. Army to vaporize tens of thousands of Iraqis fleeing Kuwait after the onslaught. Had U.S. soldiers murder thousands of people from behind them as they all fled on the one highway through the desert that would take them home. The now aptly-named “Highway of Death.”
I know this seems antithetical to the campaign narrative saturating all the airwaves right now. The U.S. media wants us to all see the GOP as the party of this fictionalized U.S. hero. Not as the current and FOREVER spokesperson for all things REPUBLICAN. Trump and ONLY Trump owns this honor.
This Scarlet Letter — R — is forever what Trump brought to the Republican party. The That party is FOREVER the Trump-Republican Party. And, even if they could somehow extricate Trump’s name from themselves and replace it with H.W., this man’s true colors of pre-Trump white nationalism would come out anyway. The false-glorification of H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan won’t survive history’s memory.
Finally, Eric Cartman. You have a lot of white noise patriotic casket-in-a-train music stuck in your head. For your pleasure, here are two videos to plant in your memory. You know, so whenever you think of this day in history, you can honor it properly with a proper couple of Anthems. The first, a sharp rendition of Come Sail Away, originally done by Styx.
And, once you have absorbed that one to fill all of the holes in your memory that once allowed H.W.’s funeral to rattle around in, here he is again doing an electric remix of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.
There. Now, when anyone asks you what you remember about when Bush Sr. died, you can just sing your response.