Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

August 10, 2007

Bush Family: American Dynasty

Filed under: history, politics — codesmithy @ 10:01 am

I started reading “American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century” by Kevin Phillips. I don’t have much of an opinion on the book yet, although I am concerned that the book might fall into conspiracy territory. My hope is that it steers away conspiracy, but rather describes three independent movements that have intersected in the 21st century to form what we know now as the religious right and neo-conservatism. The nexus and embodiment of this trend is the Bush family. George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush will have been vice-president or president for the U.S. for 20 out of the past 28 years. The only time they haven’t been a candidate for either office is 1996, when Bob Dole was the Republican nominee, and George H.W. Bush may have very well won if it hadn’t been for Ross Perot running in 1992. Lest, one thinks I’m cherry-picking dates or exaggerating the impact of this family, I would like to remind readers that the Vice-President and President are the two highest elected offices in a country that now has over 300 million people in it. Certainly, the Bush family falls in line in importance as much as the Adamses and Kennedys before them.

It is especially important considering some of the family’s legacy. Prescott Bush, George W. Bush’s grandfather, made the mistake of helping Hitler’s rise to power.

The movie above gives some more history of the Bush families questionable dealings. Although, the most insightful thing that I have read out of “American Theocracy” so far is that George W. Bush doesn’t have to pander to the religious right, he is the religious right. In fact, the lengths he goes to is to hide that fact so that he still appeals to the moderates. He is not a moderate trying to appeal to the fundamentalists which I think is how most commentators interpret his actions.

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