History Has Spoken: Bush Finally Seals The Deal
A Legacy For The Ages As Bush Wraps Up Title Of "Worst President Ever" In New Poll Of American Historians
Talk about a legacy! Talk about a performance! Talk about a Presidency! After years and years of hard work, dedication to his own vision, passionate defense of his own personal war, brilliant fear-mongering initiatives and, let's not forget, brave indifference, if not outright disdain, for domestic and worldwide public opinion, George W. Bush has finally done it. He's incontrovertibly clinched the title. He's made his own distinguished mark on History. Yes, people, as you may have already heard, the man now has an insurmountable lead in the race for the title of Worst President Ever and from this day forward no one can deny him his rightful place in History. Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Fillmore, Pierce, Harding, Hoover and Nixon all put up a damn good fight, but in the end none of them could compete with the complete disaster, horrific train wreck and inane, inept, ideocracy/idiotcracy that is the Bush Presidency. But, hey, don't take my word for it, take the word of the 109 American historians who were recently surveyed on the topic by the History News Network.
You've really got to feel good for the guy. Time and time again he's explained how he's unconcerned about what people think of him today and that he's only really concerned about his historical legacy. And, although "Hands Down Worst President Ever" may not be the one he was hoping for, at least now he's finally got himself one. So congratulations Dubya, you did it.
Some of you may say it's still too early for History to judge, but, come on now, was it really too early in 1945 to claim that Hitler was perhaps Worst Chancellor Ever? Was it too hasty a judgement for people in 1960's China to conclude that Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was, in fact, a disastrous program for the entire nation? Was it out of line for people in the late-70s to claim that Pol Pot really REALLY sucked? And, likewise, was it rash and foolhardy for people in 1985 - people like myself - to immediately KNOW that Starship's "We Built This City" was the Worst Song Ever? I think not.
You've really got to hand it to this Dubya guy. It truly takes a special, and quite determined, person to fail so spectacularly on so many different fronts and on so many different levels. I mean, it really takes a unique form of pigheaded stubbornness and complete unwillingness to listen to anyone outside of a small tightknit group of advisors to be THIS awful, dangerous, reckless and downright ridiculous.
So, once again, way to go Dubya, you certainly won't be forgotten by History and, in a way, you'll be highly influential, if only as a lesson to others of how NOT to do, well, anything.
It's quite amazing when you think about it. Here, in this one person, you have all that's wrong with America: A war-mongering, fundamentalist, cowboy of little intelligence or vision. Don't get me wrong, there's also a whole lot that's good about America. After all, this is the country that gave the world Bob Dylan, Noam Chomsky, Martin Luther King, Tom Robbins, Aretha Franklin, Marlon Brando, Louis Armstrong, Martin Scorsese, Billie Holiday, Meryl Streep and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit". It's just that this dude from Texas doesn't incorporate any positive American qualities whatsoever. But, thankfully, he and his neocon clique will soon be gone. Though, sadly, I imagine we'll be living with the repercussions of their actions for years to come.
Anyhow, enough from me already, check out this article from the History News Network discussing the survey of those 109 professional historians and, if you doubt Bush's place in History even for a moment, make sure to read some of the reasons given at the bottom of the piece.
HNN Poll: 61% of Historians Rate the Bush Presidency Worst
As you'll see, 98.2 percent of these historians judged the Bush Presidency to be a failure and more than 61 percent concluded that Bush is, in fact, the Worst President In American History. Another 35 percent rated Bush in the bottom ten. Which leaves four of the 109 who somehow ranked him within the top two-thirds of American administrations.
So, to be completely fair, he doesn't have the title 100% wrapped up just yet, but it'd be hard to get much closer than this... especially when you consider that those four dissenters are, most likely, Falwell's Famous Fundamentalist Four who have spent their entire careers working at Jerry Falwell's university trying to prove that the dinosaurs never actually existed and that Jesus did indeed walk on water and that Mary was in fact a historical virgin and that...
But, hey Dubya, don't be sad because, as that old Meat Loaf song goes, 98.2 out of 100 ain't bad. The title is yours buddy. You've worked so hard, you deserve it!
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
As for the 33% of Americans who, according to a new opinion poll I saw the other day, still somehow support Bush, I'd certainly have a lot to say if I hadn't already said it here: The Not-So-Great 38 Rant (Who are these people?)
And to read more American political rants click here: Politics: America
And for political rants of a more international nature click here: Politics: Main Page
Or if History's more your thing click here: History: Main Page
And, if you do like history, may I suggest The Winston Churchill Rant
But if you're simply dying for more Dubya and nothing but Dubya, with a little Dick thrown in on the side, then here's an oldie but goodie you just might find to your liking: The Bigus Dikus Rant: The Bush and Dick Show