Not that I’m counting. I’ve been watching Bush’s so-called “legacy project” unfold where he’s attempting to twist history into some mildly favorable view of his tenure at the helm. It’s somewhat amusing now that the public finally seems immune to his administration’s spin. Click through to read Frank Rich’s more somber view of the Bush years and the footprint they will leave on history.
I certainly don’t wish to take G.W. off the hook, he was minimally negligent in the extreme, and quite possibly maliciously destructive. Yet we, as a people, have to come to terms with our responsibility in this. We enabled him. For much of his administration, we supported him, cheered him, and defended him. We bought into the “liberal press bias” claims and we shook in our boots every time the specter of terrorism was raised as a weapon against us by our own leaders.
Inasmuch as Bush is trying to push the blame off on everyone but him, we are equally prone to shedding the blame from ourselves. This is, after all, the American way. Whatever happens, it’s someone else’s fault. Blame someone else, sue someone else, whatever… but we can’t all be victims.
At our core, we are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We cannot blame that government as if we had nothing to do with it. They are us, and until we own up to that responsibility, we deserve what we get. So here’s to hoping we all learned something from the last 8 years as well.