Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bush = Lincoln?

O.k...remember when the righties kept saying that Bush was "churchillian"? Well, apparently the Churchill analogy wasn't quite delusional enough. Now Bush is like Lincoln (Lincolnian?)

Whew. So, Bush is thought to be a terrible president. But other presidents have been thought to be terrible in their own time...yet they were actually great. So...what? It certainly doesn't follow that Bush is actually great. Nor that he is likely to be great, nor likely to be remembered as being great. All that this reminds us of is that we could be wrong. But that's true of every belief we have, and no more true in this case than in any other. This is either just a general--hence misplaced--expression of fallibilism, or the first step toward skepticism. I mean, we can't KNOW FOR CERTAIN that Bush is a bad president, right? We can't even KNOW FOR CERTAIN that trees or plants, nor even that physical objects really exist at all! Epistemology by Tony Snow, ladies and gentlemen! Very nice.

This is like a defendant, after he's been found guilty by overwhelming evidence, saying "well, they put Martin Luther King in jail, too." WTF is that supposed to mean? Yeah, sometimes courts get it wrong. But mostly they don't. And to make a claim like this when the evidence is clear is just stupid.

Sensible Republicans really do have to put a lid on these loons. If they're still trying to claim that Bush is a great president (when minimally competent would be hyperbolic exaggeration), then what this shows is that they haven't the foggiest idea what counts as goodness in a president. Hence, among other things, undermining their opinions about future presidents and candidates. If I were McCain, I certainly wouldn't want to be endorsed by anyone who thinks that Bush is doing a great job.Oh, wait...I think McCain thinks that Bush is doing a good job... This bodes ill...


Blogger Tom Van Dyke said...

Not Lincoln. Albert Schweitzer.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...


Maybe Jesus. Or Buddha. Or Socrates!

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking back to the conversation about what the Bush administration had done well, I have to say that his efforts on AIDS and other diseases in Africa do warrant praise.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I DO agree with that, SR...though the increase is said to be less than the White House says it is. They keep saying that it's been tripled, but the actual increase is alleged to be only about 50%.

Still, though, to the good.

8:14 AM  

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