If you believe the propaganda offered up by some Democrats or liberals or progressives or whatever they call themselves these days, the problems that inflict America began on January 20, 2001 – the day George W. Bush took office.
Others of the same ilk point to January 20, 1989 – George H.W. Bush’s first day in office – or January 20, 1981 – Ronald Reagan’s swearing in – and the day everything went to hell.
Republicans use the first day in office of various Democratic Presidents as their dates of infamy in American history.
So much partisanship, so little truth.
The Iraq war will define forever the failed Presidency of George W. Bush: A war started on a lie, perpetuated with lies and fought more to protect business interests and to promote a private agenda of a corrupt administration.
Iraq, some say, is Bush’s Vietnam: An interesting comparison and one that destroys the argument that America died when he became President.
Like Iraq, the Vietnam War sprang from a lie, perpetuated with more lies and existed to protect business interests and promote the private agenda of a corrupt administration – a corrupt Democratic one.
John F. Kennedy sent American advisors into Vietnam but Lyndon Johnson turned that involvement into a war, justifying it with an over hyped "Gulf of Tonkin" incident that history proved a lie.
If you believe filmmaker Oliver Stone’s version of history, Johnson conspired with the American military-industrial complex to kill Kennedy. We can debate that theory until cow comes home but history does prove that Johnson escalated the war with false claims of military progress and unfulfilled promises.
Some 58,000 American soldiers along with an estimated three to four million North and South Vietnamese and 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians died as a result of Lyndon Johnson’s lies.
Republicans today claim Democrats want to end the Iraq war not with victory but with appeasement. Republican Richard Nixon, yet another corrupt President, ended the Vietnam through appeasement, not victory. We pulled out of Vietnam and left our former allies to the brutality of the enemy we promised to defeat.
Bill Clinton, a Democratic President, sent American troops into Bosnia, a conflict that resulted in 110,000 civilian and military lives and displaced more than 1.2 million people. Clinton also ordered a cruise missile attack on a pill factory in Sudan, claiming it was a chemical weapons plant, and authorized attacks on "terrorist training camps" in Afghanistan that turned out to be civilian encampments.
Like Bush, Clinton turned out to be a serial liar and a corrupt, vengeful President who used the power of the White House to destroy his enemies. He used the Presidency to cash in.
No political party has a legitimate claim on honesty, decency or fairness in the American political system. No party can lay claim to a history of solving America’s problems. The economy today is falling flat on its face during the administration of George W. Bush. It did the same thing during Jimmy Carter’s Presidency.
Many Democrats point to the economic prosperity of the Clinton administration but much of that growth came after the Republicans seized control of Congress in the 1992 mid-term elections. Both sides claim credit for the growth but – in reality – the economy thrived in spite of the partisan bickering between the Democrats and Republicans.
America’s problems cannot be solved as long as partisanship replaces patriotism, anger replaces reason and hate replaces debate.
Until we stop thinking of ourselves as Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, right or left and start remembering that we are all Americans the problems will continue to grow and there will be nothing that any President – Republican or Democrat or Libertarian or Green – can do to fix them.