Joe Scarborough Says We Should Thank George Bush For “His Leadership”


There was suspect exchange on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday morning, one day after the ten year anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In an attempt to rise above the partisan cluster fucking our sad political system has deteriorated into, host Joe Scarborough suggested that -- on at least this national day of solace -- Americans should refrain from criticizing our elected officials and merely say, “Thank you.”

“It is OK to say, ‘Thank you President Obama for having the courage to start the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden,’” said the Conservative talk show host.

“It is OK to say, ‘Thank you George W. Bush for keeping us safe domestically for 8 years. It’s OK to say that without adding on, ‘Well, George Bush you did this, this and this. At some point we’ve got to say, ‘Thank you, sir, for your leadership...At some point we just salute our leaders and we say, ‘Thank you.’”

Ignoring the immediate fallacy that is this propagandized myth that George Bush kept us safe for 8 years (since, after all, the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 were all attacked while Dub-Ya was occupying The White House), Scarborough’s rhetoric sounds more like Britney Spears in Michael Moore’s, Fahrenheit 9/11 than a supposedly knowledgeable political commentator.

Suggesting the populace blindly say, “Thank you for your leadership” to two administrations who’s political and economic failures of leadership resulted in millions now without homes, without jobs, and in the worst cases, without loved ones is not only insulting, but -- in Tea Party speak -- strikingly anti-American. Questioning the actions of our elected officials is the cornerstone of a free society and a free press is charged with holding them to task. By undermining skepticism, plights of the past are doomed to be repeated.

“At some point we can let that go,” Scarborough says dismissing the lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina, the financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession, the 9.1 percent unemployment rate, the 33 percent of US citizens who lost 58% of their wealth since 2009 and the 46.2 million Americans currently living in poverty. “Historians will judge that.”

Rest in peace Tupac Amaru Shakur. I wonder what you’d say about all this.

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