TSW #34

Colin Snell, The College Conservative, May 9:

As my Comparative Politics classroom once again became a haven for criticizing President George W. Bush… I found myself correcting many of the liberal lies and myths that are created about our 43rd President… I have never trusted a politician more. His proud patriotism, sentimental demeanor, and genuine delivery projected American courage, pride, and exceptionalism…

… Bush acquired much of his wisdom through the school of hard knocks. He served in the Texas Air National Guard, created and ran his own business, and advised a Major League Baseball team in its business operations… Intelligence is often linked with impressive public speaking. Judging by the current mess that smooth politicians like Barack Obama are facilitating, this association is unfortunate. George W. Bush may not have been a great orator, but to me, that just means he wasn’t a liar.

Whenever a liberal college student brings up George Bush, they usually claim that he deliberately lied and manipulated our nation into going to war in Iraq. This is another absurd accusation. Looking deeper, we see that the Iraq War had non-partisan and bi-partisan support…

One action of George W. Bush that particularly impressed me is his abandonment of golf during wartime. As an avid golfer, I know that giving up the sport must have been tough. But President Bush felt that playing golf while our nation’s servicemen were donating their lives would not be a desirable trait for a leader, proving that Bush is a man of high character. Unfortunately, our current President does not agree (his rounds tripled Bush’s total over eight years a mere two and a half years into his presidency…and counting).

… many areas of left-wing Bush hating are truly destructive to his legacy, and I hope that history will remember him for who he was: A staunch American patriot and man of great moral character. While his policies were not always conservative, his love and devotion to America was unwavering, and his character could not be more sincere… He remains one of my greatest political influences, not particularly because of policy, but because of character. Sometimes that is more important. His devotion to America shows that honesty and values are greater traits than rhetoric and charisma. His presidency radiated honesty and values…

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Snell is a political science major at New Jersey’s Burlington County College, an institution that might want to rethink its admission standards based on this article. I have to wonder if any attempt at critical thought and research is being taught there, or if Snell is simply too far gone to absorb it.

I’m guessing Snell was seven or eight years old when Bush stole his first term, but at a certain point his youth will be no excuse for his astounding ignorance. Maybe when he’s older, Snell will learn the amply documented facts, that the Bush “presidency” was essentially a criminal enterprise, and that honesty, values, character and genuineness are concepts so completely inapplicable to Bush that Snell’s essay almost reads like irony-drenched sarcasm, especially the stupefying reference to “the school of hard knocks.”

But no, he seems to actually believe what he writes here. He also seems satisfied that simply gainsaying leftist critiques of Bush somehow qualifies as “correcting liberal lies and myths.” In the larger context of The College Conservative, the site that ran this piece, this sort of childish “did not” apologia fits perfectly. The campus conservatives who write for the site contribute articles with titles like “Don’t Bash the Birthers” and “In Defense of Pat Buchanan and the First Amendment” and “Breitbart: Saying Goodbye to a Legend” and Snell’s piece, which is entitled “The Wrongful Condemnation of George W. Bush.”

This all suggests that, at least among the collegiate right wing, the answer to Bush’s famous question, “Is our children learning?” is a resounding, “No, they isn’t.”