Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A missing person

Do we need to file a missing person's report on one George W. Bush? The former two-term president of the United States and former owner of a Major League baseball team is the scion of a family with generations of service in the national public eye. Bush should be his party's front-and-center ringmaster.

Who would have guessed that "W" would have been disappeared not by the Democratic Party or even by the "liberal elite" press but instead by Republicans themselves. In the first 16 Republican debates, Ronald Reagan's name has been invoked 221 times, Barack Obama's 560 times and George W. Bush's only 56 times.

Perhaps it is because Bush has followed the honorable tradition of ex-presidents by withdrawing from the public arena. That would explain why he went missing, but it doesn't really explain why his own political party has erased him.

The party's version of American history jumps straight from the iconic President Ronald Reagan to the evil President Barack Obama. It jumps over a war visited on Iraq for reasons harder to justify now than when it was begun in 2003 and declared "accomplished" six weeks later. It jumps over historic deficits piled up because that war was fought "off budget" until the bills came due. It jumps over an economy left in ruins by unregulated financial institutions guided by Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan, who was seemingly unable to distinguish between an Ayn Rand novel and economic reality.

Before Bush's picture begins to appear on milk cartons, however, the voters should send out search parties. Eight years of history is just too much to ignore.

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