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Bush Joins LBJ as a Non-Person at the National Convention

Written by Gary North on July 23, 2012

Lyndon Johnson was so hated by a majority of Democratic Party activists in 1968 that he failed to appear at the national convention held in Chicago. There was no photograph of him anywhere. He became a non-person.

Yet he was the President of the United States.

George W. Bush has achieved the same unique status. He did not show up at the 2008 national convention. He did do a brief live video feed. Not this time. He will be a ghost at the Party’s party.

It was his decision in both cases. These were very wise decisions.

“President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” a spokesman for Mr. Bush, Freddy Ford, said in a statement. “He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. But in keeping with his desire to stay off the political stage at this point in the postpresidency, he respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa.”

He would no doubt deny the extent to which his legacy has destroyed the Republican Party. But he knows that he is not welcome to large segments of the Republican electorate. Some despise his legacy. Others are just deeply embarrassed by it.

He did not get Bin Laden.

He started a war that every foreign invader has lost: an invasion of Afghanistan.

In Iraq, there is no peace. The car bombings and the suicide bombings continue. The Shi’ite Muslims are in charge in the south. Their brethren in Iran are pleased.

He ran a huge budget deficit in 2008, with no effect, other than to set a precedent for Obama a few months later.

He bailed out the big banks, despite universal opposition from Democrats and Republicans in the electorate. He TARPed the voters.

He sat silent while Ben Bernanke doubled the monetary base in one month.

Obama won in 2008 with this promise: he would not be another Bush. He lied. He is Bush’s operational heir: big bank bailouts, huge budget deficits, war in Afghanistan, and Gitmo.

Pelosi rammed Obamacare through Congress. This followed up on Bush’s Medicare prescription drug law, which will cost the federal government far more than Obamacare will.

But Obama did get credit for killing Bin Laden.

Former Congressman Mickey Edwards has summarized Bush’s Presidency as well as anyone. He did this in a book published in the spring of 2008, before the economic crisis hit.

“At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, in the White House, the president, who called himself (and was called by others) a conservative, had become the very embodiment of everything conservatives had long feared and warned against. Operating almost unchecked by any other branch of government, he ordered wiretaps on citizens’ phones, held prisoners without trial or charges, and refused to provide information to Congress even when federal law required him to do so. For nearly half a century, conservatives had worried that a leftist president, if given the opportunity, might do such things. Now those things were being done by a man who called himself a ‘conservative,’ and ‘conservatives’ cheered him on. Those who once had wanted only that the government leave them alone as much as possible, who once had warned of the dangers of Big Brother, had created the monster government they most feared.”

I hope Bush stays away from the 2016 convention, too.

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20 thoughts on “Bush Joins LBJ as a Non-Person at the National Convention

  1. Bush is still hands down a better president than Obama. Bush has heart and loves his country. Hell we don’t even know for sure what country Obama is from! But we do know from his policies and bowing down to other nations leaders that Obama cares nothing for this country and is doing everything in his power with the help of his fellow democrats to destroy this great country. He needs to be replaced …. Defeat Obama in 2012 …. Vote American! USA

  2. Bill McCroskey says:

    I can't get President Bush's promise of 'NO NATION BUILDING' during his first campaign in 2000 out of my mind. Bush then did the EXACT opposite. We spent money we didn't have, to ATTEMPT build nations in the middle east (failed) in our image. Those countries neither wanted nor asked for to be built in our image. We wasted thousands of military lives and trillions in treasure applying his failed ideas. The article also is correct in the other criticisms of Mr. Bush. I think he is a decent man but he wasn't what I thought I was voting for in 2000.

  3. delmar jackson says:

    Some wags claim Clinton was really our first black president. I like to think Bush was our first MEXICAN president. Bush was a neocons wet dream.to borrow from Steve sailer" Invade the world,go into debt to the world, and invite the world."
    Bush and his cronies love massive unending 3rd world immigration ven more than democrats, they can never get enough cheap compliant labor.
    California once had one of the most highly eduvated electorate, now it ranks behind only msiisiippi for last place. soon texas will be another mexifornia.
    We don't have a broken immigration policy, our broken immigration sytem IS our immigration policy thanks to our weasels in Washington.
    If Romney doesn't reverse this, we are screwed.

  4. Robert Worrell says:

    we are screwed with what we have now, people better wake up, we need our country back.

  5. I wonder why good Republicans continue to ignore that the last two years of GW Bush's presidency was with a Democrat Congress???

    The president does not hold the country's purse strings. That is the responsibility of Congress, namely the House. From 2006, it was the responsibility of the Democrat Congress. Why are political figures in and outside of active politics so willing to ignore this fact???

    Was Bush a perfect president? No, but he was better than what we have now. However, I suspect that Ronald McDonald would be better than what we have now even if he is a failure at the golf course.

    What we have now is a president of We the People — as long as We the People are in a Union, live on Wall Street and in are part of Hollywood and Academia. The rest of us be damned, and I mean this is what we face if we do not do a White House Cleaning. I also fear that waiting until November is asking for more trouble because by then it may well be too late.

  6. it is not only the whitehouse that needs to be cleaned as allen west says there are seventy communist in congress but he will only be ridiculed the same as McCathy was and he was right too

  7. 2WarAbnVet says:

    Bush's greatest failure was in trying to govern in a bipartisan manner.
    He didn't realize as the late Senator Helms did, when he exclaimed, "Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line — and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”
    Unfortunately, Bush – and the Republican establishment – has constantly ignored this sound advice.

  8. Texas Chris says:

    Bush is a war criminal to the exact extent that Obama is a war criminal. He "has heart"? He invaded TWO COUNTRIES that had nothing to do with 9/11! He authorized the killing of MILLIONS. Heart?

    No, Bush is a failed president, just like Obama. Wash your hands of him.

  9. Texas Chris says:

    Same with me, Bill.

    Bush failed to realize that trade and friendship are the tools of the nation builder, not bombs and guns.

  10. Texas Chris says:

    You have no more choice between Obama and Romney than you have between McCain and Obama, unless you vote 3rd party.

    Even then…

  11. Texas Chris says:

    Failure is failure, and both Bush and Obama are failed presidents.

    Bush invaded two countries in his first term. Sure, Obama has attacked 5… 6… 7… But they are both failures, one is not better than the other.

  12. The RINO has nothing to offer the Republican Convention! In fact his presence would be detrimental to the message and the image that the GOP needs to project. Its success remains to be seen. Will Romney for example name a Constitutional VEEP andget Conservative support? Or will he name Rubio and make consciencious conservatives not vote the GOP presidential ticket?

  13. Texas Chris says:

    That's because the GOP leadership in DC is no different that the DNC leadership in DC. "Not a dime's worth of difference."

    Bush was surrounded by these DC Beltway advisors, just like Obama, and to the same end. Tragedy for us.

  14. When you get around to it I will decide whether the Tea Party is a free speech organization I wish to continue to support!

  15. He allowed the continued slaughter along the southern border and refused to stop the southern invasion! Yes in that regard he should be tried along with Obama for crimes against humanity! We did not fight the gulf wars directly for 9/11, if we had we would have went into Saudi Arabia the source of the terrorist and their funding! But only a fool continues to deny the legitimacy of those wars! Even today we are being threatened by the very weapons of mass destruction that were moved from Iraq to Syria! Oh but that was Bushes war for oil! Where is the oil? The fact is the wars were just about the only thing that the Bush administration got totally right. Of course the utter failure of the current administration and its anti-Constitution and anti-American bent make even the Bush , even the Carter, terms look pretty good!

  16. It's not so strange when you realize that the Bushes are nothing else than blue-blood Yankees. The Bushes are from New England, and still own a compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. He moved down to Texas I think in the '70s, but the family is part of the WASP elite who govern our country. They are not conservatives in any way, shape, or form.

  17. Both Bush and Obama, the worst presidents ever!!! You cannot “excuse” evil with evil. Bush was bad but Obama is a potential nation-killer. The FOOL did everything WRONG to make sure Bushes stupidity was multiplied to an impossible height!!! Romney – the faux/pseudo conservative at least has the skills and experience that he MIGHT be able to keep Obama’s abysmal stupidity from turning us into a thrid world nation (ripe for not only illegal immigration invasion but REAL military invasion by our enemies.) so vote for the faux conservative and you’ll have your liberal. Vote for the Obama handpuppet and get ready for destruction… economic, social, etc. Third world, conquered, hell hole status. Or keep heading over the cliff because you’re too “proud” to admit you were duped, and you are members of “the stupidest generation”, like the fool Germans who gave power to destroy their own country to Hitler.

  18. I don't blame Bush. I personally liked him. However, he is smart not to crawl back into the cellpool of politics. May he enjoy retirement.

  19. My above statement should have "cesspool of politics

  20. LeRoy pfaff says:

    The Senate, Congress and News Media set Bush up and incriminated him. This is what could happen to Romney, if he dose not get a senate and congress to help him. GOD is not responsible for this corruption and MESS.