During the eight years President Obama was in office, George W. Bush kept his mouth shut. Now in President Trump’s first year, George W. feels the need to gives us his two cents. Boy, “the swamp” must really be getting desperate! We can rate the speech by the glowing reviews given it by Politico, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. That’s really all we need to know, but I thought it would be entertaining to share a few lowlights from the speech (along with a translation from “swampese” into English)! Here we go!
“We are gathered in the cause of liberty. This is a unique moment. The great democracies face new and serious threats, yet seem to be losing confidence in their own calling and competence. Economic, political and national security challenges proliferate, and they are made worse by the tendency to turn inward. The health of the democratic spirit itself is at issue. And the renewal of that spirit is the urgent task at hand.”
Translation: Red alert, red alert, the political establishment (the swamp) is losing control and we must make sure we get back in control at all costs.
“In recent decades, public confidence in our institutions has declined. Our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs. The American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach for some who feel left behind in a changing economy. Discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts. Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
Translation: Even though I just pointed out that none of this is Trump’s fault, and that our problems have been building over the last 20 years, and have been kicked down the road, we’re going to blame it all on Trump anyway.
“Finally, the Call to Action calls on the major institutions of our democracy, public and private, to consciously and urgently attend to the problem of declining trust.”
Translation: The people aren’t falling for our bullshit anymore, and we have to figure out a way to change that.
“For example, our democracy needs a media that is transparent, accurate and fair. Our democracy needs religious institutions that demonstrate integrity and champion civil discourse. Our democracy needs institutions of higher learning that are examples of truth and free expression. In short, it is time for American institutions to step up and provide cultural and moral leadership for this nation.”
Translation: We don’t really want these things. We just want the people to believe that we do, and we want the people to behave as if these things are the case.
Here are couple quotes that deal with politics that I particularly like!
“Politicians should wear sponsor jackets like NASCAR drivers. Then we’d know who owns them.” – Robin Williams
“So, if we lie to the government it’s a felony. But if they lie to us it’s just politics.” – Bill Murray