It’s always amazing to me that people continue to tolerate George Bush’s Presidency. Perhaps some Americans think that he’s almost out of the White House, and that we should just sit back and wait it out. But there’s still an incredible amount of damage that he and his puppet-masters can do, and the thought that King George will get away with all of his many crimes is appalling to me.
While most of us seem to hope that Bush was history already, it appears that historians can agree that his administration has been a disaster. The History News Network reports in HNN Poll: 61% of Historians Rate the Bush Presidency Worst:
A Pew Research Center poll released last week found that the share of the American public that approves of President George W. Bush has dropped to a new low of 28 percent.
An unscientific poll of professional historians completed the same week produced results far worse for a president clinging to the hope that history will someday take a kinder view of his presidency than does contemporary public opinion.
In an informal survey of 109 professional historians conducted over a three-week period through the History News Network, 98.2 percent assessed the presidency of Mr. Bush to be a failure while 1.8 percent classified it as a success.
Asked to rank the presidency of George W. Bush in comparison to those of the other 41 American presidents, more than 61 percent of the historians concluded that the current presidency is the worst in the nation’s history. Another 35 percent of the historians surveyed rated the Bush presidency in the 31st to 41st category, while only four of the 109 respondents ranked the current presidency as even among the top two-thirds of American administrations.
Those are the statistics. Hopefully the complaints are fairly obvious. However, here’s one particularly well-worded summary:
“No individual president can compare to the second Bush,” wrote one [historian]. “Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world’s goodwill. In short, no other president’s faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large.”
But that’s just one “review” of his presidency. I would encourage people to read the others to see if there’s any part of it with which they disagree.
Of course, Americans have grown into a habit of ignoring professionals and experts. Along with reason, logic, and a reliance on evidence, these things seem to be just annoying aspects of living in our universe. It’s safe to assume that few Americans will care about what historians say. Still, the fact that we’ll allow the Bush Administration to continue to damage the nation makes me wonder: What won’t American accept or tolerate? The list is getting shorter…