It is a sad day when former Republican President George W. Bush is the one speaking truth to power.
However, we do clearly live in such a day now, with a madman in the White House who makes neocon war-monger Bush look sober-minded and sensible by comparison.
At a speech for the George W. Institute in New York City, Dubya delivered a powerful 16 minute condemnation of President Donald Trump and the philosophy of “Trumpism,” all without mentioning Trump specifically by name. Said George, “Parts of Europe have developed an identity crisis. We have seen insolvency, economic stagnation, youth unemployment, anger about immigration, resurgent ethno-nationalism and questions about the meaning and durability of the European Union. America is not immune.” He then described the conditions that allowed Trumpism to come to life here in the United States, stating, “In recent decades public confidence in our institutions has declined, our governing class has often been paralyzed in the face of obvious and pressing needs, the American dream of upward mobility seems out of reach to some who feel left behind in a changing economy, discontent deepened and sharpened partisan conflicts, our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication, there are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned — especially among the young.”
Taking aim at the rhetoric of Trump and his enablers, he went on, “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. At times it can seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity, disagreement escalates into dehumanization.” He then slammed Trump’s xenophobic policies, continuing, “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism immigration has always brought to America, the fading value of trade, we’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs and drug trafficking tend to emerge. In all these ways, we need to recall and recover our own identity.” He also directly acknowledged the role Russia had in bringing Trump to power, saying, “America has experienced a sustained attempt by a hostile power to exploit our country’s divisions and feed them. According to intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other.” Bush also threw in a truly killer line aimed squarely at the former reality TV star and Twitter addict himself, declaring, “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.” Are you glad hard-right Republican Bush delivered such a stunning takedown of extreme-right Trump? Watch his full astonishing address below: