There’s no comparison between Bush and you-know-who

President George H.W. Bush was a man of integrity who dedicated his life to selflessly serving country.
President George H.W. Bush was a man of integrity who dedicated his life to selflessly serving country. The Washington Post

Saturday, as the country was learning of the death of former President George H. W. Bush, and the flow of testimonials turned into a flood, a well-known member of Charlotte’s NASCAR family with over 400,000 followers took to Twitter.

“Anyone who uses today to politicize any agenda needs to look at themselves and wonder what they’ve become,” he tweeted. “God Bless America and the kind caring souls that live, have lived, and died here.”

Let’s get something straight, first-off. Calling on others to not bring political talk into an event or tragedy is something people do only when they know a good bit of the impending politicking won’t be going their way. Like when Republicans warn against politicizing school shootings or Democrats, national anthem kneelers.

Still, in keeping with the spirit of the Tweeter’s sentiment, I will simply quote a few lines from one of the many justifiably glowing acclamations issued about the life, public service, and character, of George H. W. Bush.

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”

Bush “always found a way to set the bar higher ... as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War.”

“With sound judgment, common sense, and unflappable leadership (he) guided our nation, and the world, to a peaceful and victorious conclusion of the Cold War.”

“Through all that he accomplished,” the speaker stated, Mr. Bush “remained humble, following the quiet call to service that gave him a clear sense of direction.”

It’s easy to understand where the Caution Flag-waving fellow on Twitter was coming from in his defensive advisory, and what he was hoping to head-off. In the face of splendent tributes to the late President Bush such as the one quoted above, coming from around the world and across the U.S. political spectrum, a conspicuous comparison arises.

I thought of that comparison — which is actually a stark contrast — as I read that stirring statement Saturday. I’ll bet you did, too, just now, without any politicizing assist. Almost every word written in recognition of the late President Bush serves as a self-evident critique of...

Since I’m not politicizing, I won’t say. But, I don’t have to.

Reality is its own yardstick. Often, all that’s needed for accurate measurement is truth, which is why politicians fight so hard to hide it; why they rail relentlessly against anyone whose job is to reveal it.

The comparison to George H. W. Bush — the sharp contrast which shall-not-be-spoken lest one be accused of politicizing — is so obvious in its truth, in fact, that it must surely have been seen even by he who offered the above praise of our late 41st president: The current one, Number 45.

Nah, probably not.

My sincere apology if this was politicking, @MW55.

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