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George H.W. Bush Led a Different America

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"You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well."
George Bush to Bill Clinton
January 20, 1993

My birth as an activist occurred during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. As the GOP gained traction in their attempts to overturn Roe vs. Wade, I spent many Saturday mornings protecting access to women's health care clinics as mobs of anti-abortion protesters tried to shut them down using physical force. Often standing by my side were members of the activist LGBTQ+ community who exposed me to the personal side of their fight, which at that time included an AIDs epidemic that was unchecked.

In 1990, President Bush held a fundraiser in Century City that was protested by AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP)/LA. I was one of the protesters who supported their actions as they held a "die-in" in front of the hotel housing high-dollar donors. They wanted to draw attention to Bush's failure to prioritize the funding of research for the disease. Since this was in a time before Republicans had alienated Hispanic voters, California was still a GOP stronghold and opportunities for protest came often as Bush visited the state looking for more money. This was the First Amendment in action; constituents were drawing attention to grievances against policies that their President was implementing.

The impeachment of Bill Clinton, the disputed 2000 presidential election and the birther movement have all helped to change America. It seems that with every passing President we retreat deeper into our red and blue silos and put emphasis on our membership in a political party over our status as Americans. The Tea Party did not just protest President Obama's policies, they questioned his legitimacy as a President. Even in defeat, Hillary Clinton is attacked by Trump supporters that still chant "Lock her up!"

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When I first marched against Donald Trump, it was against the policies that I feared that my President-elect would implement. However, as his Presidency has careened out of control, Trump has proven that he has no interest in being my President. In fact, he has shown time and again that he has no interest in anyone who dares to question his actions. Even his fellow Republicans are not safe, as evidenced by the way he continues to dance on the grave of John McCain, an American who devoted his life to public service. While George Bush moved past his defeat to befriend Bill Clinton, Trump has been either unwilling or unable to establish any kind of relationship with any of his predecessors from either party.

As the nation prepares to bury a past president I hope that the era he represents will not be placed in the casket with him. I need to believe that there is a chance that we can move past division once the Trump presidency has ended.

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Carl Petersen is a parent and special education advocate, elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council and was a Green Party candidate in LAUSD's District 2 School Board race. During the campaign, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and Dr. Diane Ravitch called him a "strong supporter of public schools." His past blogs can be found at www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com. Opinions are his own.

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We don't need to go past division but past extremists.

The Republicans who consistently worked against the people need to disappear from the power scene.

No "bipartisanship" with extremists.

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GHW Bush was a one man disaster for the country. Read the Unauthorized Biography of George Bush available free online, by Webster Tarpley. His adulation by mass media just more brainwashing of the public.

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For anyone who has felt at any time that GHW Bush had any sort of honor, integrity or respectability about him, I would IMPLORE that person to spend a few minutes perusing, if their stomach can take it, the many available photos of the results of the Bush-ordered attack on THOUSANDS of fleeing civilians and retreating Iraqi troops now known as the "HIGHWAY OF DEATH". That particular action by Bush, not particularly unique to his 'presidency', is universally regarded as one of the most HEINOUS WAR CRIMES committed in recorded history. If there were any justice available to the rest of us, he and most other U.S. presidents would have been tried, convicted and hanged for the war crimes and innumerable crimes against humanity of which so many of them have been guilty.

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Exactly!! Plus the fact that the dead Bush was a heinous, turly barbaric head of the CIA. Every time his name is mentioned it should be associated with the screams of victims tortured to death with new and ever more gruesome techniques devised by his henchmen in the School of the Americas. He should rot in hell.

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He should rot in hell.


I'm sure that is what he was looking forward to.

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The Highway of Death was a minor detail compared to the mass bombing of the civilian infrastructure of Iraq. It was not just a "mere" several tens of thousands dead, it was well over one hundred thousand year after year after year.

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The 'Highway of Death' is one of the few U.S. gov. atrocities the results of which are visible to the average, ill-informed American by doing a simple internet search. That is primarily why I mention it. The other reason is that it is a prime example of the extreme deceit exemplified by Bush and many other U.S. administrations. The Iraq gov. had agreed to a cessation of military action, and were 'guaranteed' safe passage back to Baghdad by the U.S. gov. just prior to our attacking and murdering EVERY ONE of those Iraq military and civilians who were trying to make their way home. If a young American person learned nothing else about U.S. history, they should at least learn about this episode since it epitomizes what this country is all about.

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The entire bush crime family is the greatest organized crime enterprise that is, and will ever exist, in this country. The only way to stop them them is to sterilize each and every spawn.


The Mafia are mere amateurs compared to these blood thirsty monsters.

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There have always been deep political divisions in USA, even before the Lexington and Concord battle.

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There have always been deep political divisions in USA, even before the Lexington and Concord battle.

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