In honor of the rain-delayed Republican National Convention, we’re presenting a couple of visual synchronicities (or pseudo-synchros) involving George W. Bush, the last Republican president. We feel it’s important to remind everyone of what happened the last time the Repugs held the White House – two long and costly wars, taking the nation from a surplus to a huge debt, to say nothing of the creation of big government Homeland Security, the Patriot Act, extensive wiring tapping of citizens, and water-boarding prisoners in defiance of international law.
The visual synchros: above, President Bush as commander-in-chief ’views’ the Korean DMZ. But the caps are on the binoculars. Moving ahead with blinders, the pic seems to say. In the lower one, not only was Bush reading A Pet Goat after being told about the attack on the World Trade Center, but the book is apparently upside down. Much like his presidency.
Well, of course, these pics might be photo-shopped. Other photos show the book right-side up. Maybe he realized his mistake after a few seconds and turned it around. Same with the binocs. We’ve all probably done that. But for Bush with the photographers on hand, he was caught looking silly. Whether actual photos or photo-shopped, they are symbolically close to the truth about the Bush years.
Of course, today’s Republicans are against big spending – except for defense, where they offered the Pentagon even more billions than they requested. While they boast that they are all about cutting the national debt, they want to add $5 trillion to it by keeping the Bush tax cuts for the rich and giving the wealthiest Americans even more tax breaks. Go figure.
So how will the Repugs honor their last president and veep? They won’t. Neither Bush nor Cheney will be present at the convention. For shame, dishonoring their own past, while at the same time planning to return to their failed policies, such as de-regulating Wall Street – where greed nearly brought down the nation’s economy in 2008 as W was on his way out.
In the days before the convention, Tampa, Florida was under tropical storm warning, then a hurricane warning, which ultimately postponed the convention by a day. These warnings are looking very symbolic for the future of the U.S. under a Romney-Ryan administration.