"We live in strange, strange times indeed"–HillBuzz

Teresa posted a link to HillBuzz’s post thanking President Bush and First Lady Bush.  I’d not read HillBuzz before, even though I do read some liberal blogs, I hadn’t heard of that one.  The HillBuzz guys are, as the name of their blog suggests, staunch Hillary Clinton supporters.  Lefties.  I do a lot of lefty bashing here.  A lot. Not a little of that is rooted in my born-again conservatism and therefore in shame and probably a little self-loathing that I was ever a liberal.  Believe me, this is not lost on me.  I know that my lashing out is evidence of my own horror that I ever aligned myself left, yet I comforted myself that today’s liberal is not the same as yesterday’s, that today’s liberals are radical and progressive (like they never were before, right? Ugh.).

Reading the HillBuzz post brought me to tears.  At first, I was skeptical, I admit, I thought it was some sort of crazy satire (no one can hold a candle to Candle in political satire) or some cruel joke, but as I read, the honesty and sincerity shone through.  I was moved.  Beyond moved.  And as I read the comments, I realized that there was a strange thing happening, something was lifting.  It was dread.  And fear.  This post gave me hope that we can once again come together as one country, one America.  That we can, really really can, reconcile the liberal and the conservative, that there is still common ground–we may have to stand on tip-toe to fit, but I’m more than willing to do that if we can keep America, our America, the one we love, take pride in, and are willing to do anything to protect and preserve.

Here’s the full text of that post and the link (yes, I know I linked it twice; it’s that good!).  Go there, read the comments.  It’s worth every second that it will take (there are over 600 comments now, and 99.99% of them are amazing).

We know absolutely no one in Bush family circles and have never met former President George W. Bush or his wife Laura.

If you have been reading us for any length of time, you know that we used to make fun of “Dubya” nearly every day…parroting the same comedic bits we heard in our Democrat circles, where Bush is still, to this day, lampooned as a chimp, a bumbling idiot, and a poor, clumsy public speaker.

Oh, how we RAILED against Bush in 2000…and how we RAILED against the surge in support Bush received post-9/11 when he went to Ground Zero and stood there with his bullhorn in the ruins on that hideous day.

We were convinced that ANYONE who was president would have done what Bush did, and would have set that right tone of leadership in the wake of that disaster.  President Gore, President Perot, President Nader, you name it.  ANYONE, we assumed, would have filled that role perfectly.

Well, we told you before how much the current president, Dr. Utopia, made us realize just how wrong we were about Bush.  We shudder to think what Dr. Utopia would have done post-9/11.  He would have not gone there with a bullhorn and struck that right tone.  More likely than not, he would have been his usual fey, apologetic self and waxed professorially about how evil America is and how justified Muslims are for attacking us, with a sidebar on how good the attacks were because they would humble us.

Honestly, we don’t think President Gore would have been much better that day.  The world needed George W. Bush, his bullhorn, and his indominable spirit that day…and we will forever be grateful to this man for that.
As we will always be grateful for what George and Laura Bush did this week, with no media attention, when they very quietly went to Ft. Hood and met personally with the families of the victims of this terrorist attack. 

FOR HOURS.

The Bushes went and met privately with these families for HOURS, hugging them, holding them, comforting them.

If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people.

You may be as surprised by this as we are ourselves, but from this day forward George W. and Laura Bush are now on the same list for us as the Clintons, Geraldine Ferraro, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the other political figures we keep in our hearts and never allow anyone to badmouth.

Criticize their policies academically and intelligently and discuss the Bush presidency in historical and political terms…but you mess with the Bushes personally and, from this day forward, you’ll answer to us.

We hope someday to be able to thank George W. and Laura in person for all they’ve done, and continue to do.  They didn’t have to head to Ft. Hood.  That was not their responsibility.

The Obamas should have done that.

But didn’t.

Wouldn’t.

Thank goodness George W. is still on his watch, with wonderful Laura at his side.

We are blessed as a nation to have these two out there…just as we are blessed to have the Clintons on the job, traveling the world doing the good they do.

And we are blessed to have Dick Cheney, wherever he is, keeping tabs on all that’s going on and speaking out when the current administration does anything too reckless and dangerous.

Cheney’s someone else we villainized and maligned in the past who we were also wrong about.  There has never been a Vice President, including Gore, Biden, or Mondale, who was more supportive of gay rights than “Darth Cheney”. There has never been a Vice President more spot-on right about the dangers facing this country from Islamic terrorism.

We live in strange, strange times indeed.

We are now officially committed fans of George W. and Laura Bush.  We are fans of Dick Cheney.  Our gratitude for them makes us newly protective of them, and the continued role they play in this country.

After the primary battle of 2008, we never thought we’d go back to Texas for anything, but sometime in 2010 we want to find some event in Dallas the Bushes will be at so at least one of us can go up to them, tell them we are deeply sorry for ever thinking ill of them, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their service to America.

We’re sure they will just stare at us and wonder why these gay Chicagoans are crying, but we don’t think we can get through a meeting with them without being emotional.

What they did at Ft. Hood for those families humbles us.  Every day, the Bushes are most likely doing something just like it behind the scenes.

We hope if any of you encounter them you will let them know this is deeply appreciated beyond partisan lines.

We will never look at the Bushes, the Bush presidencies, or their legacies the same again…and someday when his presidential library is built, we will be so proud to visit there and tell anyone will listen about November 10th, 2009, the day we finally appreciated former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura.

Thank you for your service, Mr. President.  We’re sorry we didn’t appreciate you while you were in office, but we thank Heaven we’ve wised up and can see the good you are out there doing, under the radar, today.

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15 thoughts on “"We live in strange, strange times indeed"–HillBuzz

  1. i saw you tweet this yesterday and i read it then. i couldn't even get through most of the comments because it had made me so emotional. i even tried to tell mark about it a couple hours later and i started to tear up again. i'm so glad you shared it.

  2. This is quite amazing. Its really, really, really hard to shake someone's calcified political orientation, let alone make it take a complete 180 (where the Bush's are concerned). Its hard to stomach all the Clinton loving, but what the HECK am I doing complaining about that? Baby steps, baby steps.

  3. @ Haaza Dazzle, isn't that the truth. I've been missing President Bush like crazy since the Fort Hood terrorist attack, and so I was really thrilled and touched beyond measure to read that post. They are indeed very classy, dignified, and quite marvelous. It's amazing how much Laura Bush makes MO looks like a moose wrapped in a sofa cover tied up with a five-inch ammo belt.

    *hugs* Kerry. I couldn't stop thinking about it, and I've read it about 10 times now. After I tweeted it, I linked to it here. Then that wasn't enough, so I had to post the whole thing. I'd post every comment, too, if there weren't so damned many of them. LOL

    @ Hola Waxy Wonder, yes, it is indeed something. I've been poking around HillBuzz, and it seems that they didn't like the way that the BO team treated Hillary (thug-style Chicago all the way during the primaries and like fifth-runner up at the most beautiful bovine contest after). It really opened their eyes to what he is, and then once those eyes open . . . well, look out! Besides, you don't want to mess with the gays. Or with former liberals. 😉

  4. I had to sit with my mouth open….wow…

    and then began reading the responses…and of course in liberal fashion :

    “OK…Who do I send the repair bill for the water that I spewed all over my monitor & computer to?

    Seriously, you folk are morons.”

    It isn't that this guy spewed his water, it is that he typically looks for someone to send the bill to…ha, lack of responsibility is etched deep in that commenter

    I really did enjoy reading that! Thanks so much for posting it! There is always hope. Always

  5. CUB, that wasn't there when I was there before; I hate when trolls embed their idiocy in top comments like that. So sneaky. And you are too funny. If that blog wasn't so fabulous, I'd go blast him a new for that. But I don't want to turn it into a flame war. It's too important and special for that.

  6. I saw you joined us over at KOOK's. Just wanted to say hi and it's nice to meet you. If seen your comments here and there. I saw the Hillbuzz post over at TeresaAmerica's. She's a very good friend. At KOOK's there are two of us. I am Andrew33. I basically co-host with KOOK himself. We try to get people to think for themselves so we put up all kinds of stuff. We try to avoid what is on Fox News or Talk Radio. It has worked for us up until now. I was recently attacked by a Kos writer. I was called a liar, religious zealot, etc. We don't go looking for fights but we will not take junk like that either so we responded with a direct response, then I gave some evidence as for my truthfulness and then we used some humor as to show what they do. That's what's new with us. I'm gonna join your blog too as we appreciate and reciprocate friendship. BTW, E-mail me with you posts from time to time as we are getting to the point that it's hard to follow everyone.
    Thanks. AD33

  7. Fuzzy, I put a comment up over at LCR about your post today…and then gave the link to the hillbuzz….I showed the article to my hubby and he basically had the same reaction….jaw hit the floor…

    Cool…there is coolness out there, we have to look for it.

  8. @ Andrew, Welcome! I know just what you mean about it being hard to follow everyone; I have my Google Reader set up, but just when I think I've caught up, there're two hundred+ new posts up, so I miss a lot, I know, but I'll definitely be by your place 🙂

    @CUB, Okay, at the risk of sounding like an idiot (as usual), what is LCR? But thanks 🙂 I'm seriously going to make working for Hillary Clinton during the primaries a priority (not THE priority), but if we can stop BO before the actual election . . . YAY!

  9. @ Velcro, it is, isn't it? (yay!)

    @ CUB, lol, I must be the resident misfit, I love Rebel, but I just call him “Rebel.” It's funny (or not), but I tend to do weird things to people's names. If it makes sense to me to use the initials (like CUB or ABC–Another Black Conservative) then I do that. If it makes sense to use one part of their screenname, then I do that (as with Rebel and Chick–aka One Ticked Chick). And if I'm oh so fond of someone or think they just said something wicked great, I tend to go for the nickname thing (Haaza Dazzle, Candleabra) or for their name name (Kerry, Opus, sometimes Chicklette instead of Chick, etc.). I should probably seek permission before doing this to people, I guess. LOL

  10. You can call me Chicklette, NP. I must come up with a nickname for you as well. I started following HillBuzz during the primaries last year. They were furious with BO's and the MSM's treatment of Hillary. I began to wonder, at the time, whether these folks were actually liberals. Anyway lovely re-post. George and Laura Bush actually love this country, respect the office of the President, and support our armed forces. Too bad our current first family don't feel the same way about the country, the presidency and the military.

  11. @ Heyman, no kidding, right?

    @ Chicklette, heh, please do 🙂 I'm with you, and I wish wish wish that it was already 2012, and we could be washing our hands of this loser. As is, who knows what damage he'll do between now and then.

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