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 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?
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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!!
As a conservative trump needs to stop tweeting and start fulfilling his promises.
Bush destroyed our economy, killed thousands of Americans in an unjust war that he lied us into. Where does he have the room to talk about this President?
I don’t support moderation (regulation) of the internet in any way. (Unless it ISIS, they bad 😅)
Bush is a neocon war criminal! What is he spewing about Trump this time?
I’m surprised how many people use Facebook. I’m glad that I don’t have a Facebook account.
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.
Political ads and opinions should be banned from social media. We have witnessed the dangers of this in the last election