Saturday, November 13, 2010

George W. Bush's failed presidency

In the recent interview conducted by Matt Lauer, former President George W. Bush says that Kanye West accusing him of not caring about black people was the worst moment of his entire presidency:

As soon as Lauer begins the question about the NBC telethon, Bush's expression changes in recognition of what is coming. While responding, Bush bangs the outside of his hands down on the table. His reaction is genuine and visceral, not coached. Kanye really got to him. I believe him when he claims that it was personally the worst moment he experienced in his eight years in office.

And it is as lamentable a statement as it sincere, not only because there are so many other things of far greater consequence that he is answerable for, like the war in Iraq, NCLB, the Patriot Act, the Medicare prescription drug plan, the housing collapse and ensuing recession, etc, but because it represents the utter futility of the right bending over backwards to cater to non-whites and avoid the "racist" label. He was a strong supporter of the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill, gave more aid money to sub-Saharan Africa than any other President in US history, gave cabinet positions to four blacks (Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Rod Paige, Alphonso Jackson), three Hispanics (Alberto Gonzalez, Carlos Gutierrez, Mel Martinez), two Asians (Elaine Chao, Norman Mineta), and an Arab (Spencer Abraham), charged that the NYFD violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the disparate impact that resulted from its screening processes, pushed strongly for greater minority home ownership at the expense of financial prudence on the part of lenders, and on and on.

Despite this sustained effort to gain the approval of non-whites, and an apparently ingenuous desire to show that he is not a racist, Kanye's sentiments are shared by blacks everywhere. And not just blacks and other non-whites, but even among many white leftists. Googling "george bush racist" brings up over 2 million returns. Wealth redistribution, affirmative action, disparate impact, the putative inherent value of diversity, increased government services, and other ideas championed by the contemporary left are naturally more appealing to NAMs than they are to whites, as NAMs tend to be on the receiving end of the benefits bestowed by these things, while whites are largely the ones forced to foot the bill and make the sacrifices necessary for these benefits to be enjoyed.

Short of somehow trying to move to the left of the Democratic party, the GOP will never receive significant NAM support. It has never happened in modern history, and it never will (Asians are potentially another story; the GOP won the Asian vote as recently as 1996). Republicans like Bush need to stop ruining themselves and their party's future prospects genuflecting at the multicult altar. The high priests never grant those on the right atonement, only excommunication.


B Lode said...

I'd heard the name many times, so I finally looked the guy up on Wikipedia:

Kanye Omari West (pronounced /ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, and record producer.

What would have happened if Natalie Portman had accused him of not caring about cute Jewish girls? Poor guy's head would have caved in.

W. never grew up. Many alcoholics never do. Sad for him, but mainly for us, that he stumbled onto presidency, but what is really sad is that literally millions of white people try to please blacks as much as W. did, and are just as said at their inevitable failure. The Modern Mamluk writes a lot about this; don't know if he's still blogging though.

Billare said...


Anonymous said...

Part of the reason that the GOP can't win NAM's is just the fact that NAM's just aren't smart enough to know what is going on. The media tells them what to think. They don't know anything. As long as the media tell them that the GOP is against them, they will believe it because they do not think. So, the GOP could give them twice as much in goodies and they wouldn't even know it because the media would just say the democrats did it and NAM's are so low functioning they wouldn't figure it out.

Now we know the rate at which black voters vote republican and we know the rate at which hispanics and whites vote republican. Ann Coulter noted that no matter what the GOP does it gets about 1/3 of hispanics. I would guess this is similar in its stability to the approximately 5%-10% of blacks who vote republican. It is not altogether unlike the LGdL's fundamental theory of sociology.

Jokah Macpherson said...

There's probably some metaphor to be drawn from the "game" blogs although I'm too tired to flesh it out. I guess that the bottom line is that at some point after having your overtures of affection coldly rebuffed over and over again, you just stop caring and look for greener pastures.

Unless you're George W. Bush. Sad.

Audacious Epigone said...


Interesting, especially re: Hispanics, since they've been pandered to relentlessly over the last three decades by the GOP, without anything to show for it (except for more Hispanics in the US and thus voting mostly against Republicans).


Heh, probably, although there's nothing new about the pussiness inherent in always taking a slap in the face and then asking if you may have another.

Anonymous said...

Insightful comments. I wonder how many white Americans watched Bush and either said to themselves, "Had I been him and been attacked as a racist, I would have felt the same way," and how many thought, "Damn, Bushie, don't you realize that you have fallen prey to a strategy and a pathology that is destroying this nation?"