by Countable | 10.19.17
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Former President George W. Bush gave a speech some are calling "a scathing rebuke" of President Donald Trump. Here are key excerpts from Bush's speech.
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After reading the excerpts from George W Bush’s speech, I think it was well put together. I found myself agreeing with the points made. Many people are not Bush fans, including me, but I’ll give credit where credit is due. Many times we poked fun at W for things he said or how he conducted himself. Many were outraged over Katrina, the war in the Middle East and other things. I will say this though: I don’t think that the Bush’s, Clinton’s or any other presidents have made us look as bad as the current one. We may have had other issues, other controversies, and other scandals, but now we are seemingly out of control. People don’t trust the president or the media, have animosity toward other racial groups or cops, fear Russia and Islam and North Korea... there is just distrust and fear and hatred everywhere. We are spiraling out of control, and we need it to stop. We’ve got some serious global issues with which we have to contend, and we are in no shape to fix even our own problems. I’m not judging republicans or democrats, Christians or atheists, whites or blacks. We need to start coming together, even if it’s on seemingly mundane or trivial things. We have to get on track and move toward peace and progress. We need some semblance of unity and fellowship or we aren’t worthy of the title United States of America.
How about eliminated instead of regulated. When it takes millions to win an election what are you really winning? I think a high percentage of Americans are simply sick of the ads altogether. I’ve never seen or heard one that swayed me from my core values. Instead I read and research when I’m on the fence. Sheep follow ads alone.
These ads need to be ELIMINATED ONLINE, ON TV & ON RADIO. NO ADS THAT REPRESENT ANYTHING ABOUT THE OPPOSING CANDIDATE; ONLY ADS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT EACH CANDIDATE CAN DO TO MAKE AMERICA BETTER.
I have not logged into my Facebook account in over 3 years, I saw the handwriting on the wall. I would rather spend an hour in outdoor toilet in July than 5 minutes on Facebook, the smell is the same.
I was impressed with W's speech. He said many empowering things that are true. I was not a Bush fan when he was prez but have a much better opinion of him now. I realized that listening to him rebuke Trumps policies etc... that i felt uplifted to hear a sane man speak publicly again about unity not division and treating all people of different races with respect. We Americans have a lot of work to do, so put a side the B.S and let's get our country back. Can I get an Amen?
Thank you so much for putting this site together. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and relearn what is the democracy of our great nation. And what is not. I have a question about the President & why the GOP base, doesn’t recognize what they are losing for the win. I’ll be voting in my cities mid terms, which I often skipped. Never again. I was once a stanch republican. But, I’ll be voting for women and dems. Thanks for this forum.
Regardless of what we thought of the younger Bush next to Trump he was a Rhodes Scholar . I wasn’t for him when he was president but I wasn’t worried about facing a Third World War with him either!
NWO Bush’s ..... no more Bush’s or Clinton s ...
Do your jobs!!!!!
Regulating ads on social media is a slippery slope but after seeing the destruction caused by rogue ads this past election I think I’m in favor of some oversight.
After all the despicable election ads on Facebook last year, I closed my account. I'm done with social media, it's filled with hate and lies. Just look at what the Liar in Chief tweets about. Social media outlets like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc., do more harm than good. It's too bad that so many people need constant self gratification and look to social media to get it.
This feed prompted me to message my rep. RIGHT! I have messaged and e-mailed our District Rep for Rockwall County, John Ratcliffe, but never a response. Either they don’t give a crap about our country as Trump unravels our cultural fiber, or they must enjoy hearing the fiddle being played from the WH as America burns!!
Political ads and opinions should be banned from social media. We have witnessed the dangers of this in the last election
Great speech by Bush Let’s hope more follow his lead
I didn’t get see or perceive that former President Bush was bashing or referring badly toward President Trump. That would be inappropriate. What I understood him to say was about the decisiveness being bad and no one in authority speaking out against it. I personally think all of the violence is a result of the tensions and decisiveness, much of it coming from liberals. Note I said, ‘much of it.’ The decisiveness needs to stop. The mainstream media needs to stop their reporting of fake news and bashing. If the people of this country do not start respecting others who do not share their views then perhaps it’s time to come up with a way to divide the country into separate governments since it seems no one is interested in living peacefully together. There is a war going on, lives are being lost. How many more lives and people have to die in protest.
It’s about time
Words are great, but actions speak loudly and show both motive and intent. Right now, I simply do not have much trust in a Republican ex President from Texas’s words. Could be 💩 could be 💎. We need to wait and see what W’s actions say.
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Personally, I could care less if I ever see, hear or read another political ad, having said that I understand that those who can’t “live” without the mud slinging, name calling and just plain lying need these ads to make themselves feel vindicated. So, please, place whatever work, but what starts as a great idea, can turn & bite us in the butt and become censorship! What does concern me is the fact that it is being proposed that we use reconciliation for more and sweeping legislation and regardless of which party uses it, it is not “Government by the People, for the People”. It is also just plain STUPID to pass something as important as Taxes as tax reform without knowing the details. Personally, getting rid of my deductions, but letting corporations deduct the company or personal jet or something like that to put it mildly; would really make me mad! (I’m really trying to keep this G rated. In quite a few years of paying attention to politics, I have never heard or read of former Presidents publicly expressing their opinion of the state of the nation, whether it’s their party or the opposition. Finally, it is SHAMEFUL that the death of an Special Forces soldier, no any American soldier has caused such bitter and just plain nasty and lying words to be uttered by anyone much less the supposed representatives of our country and government, whether President, press spokesperson, retired General or Congressional representative! We have had and will continue to have too many lost and broken lives and damaged families from WAR to suffer this war of words from people we are taught that we should respect! They should all be ashamed of themselves. Unfortunately, this is something that retired General Kelly shouldn’t have let himself be dragged into, even if he wants to keep his position.