Patriot's History: George Bush 1 (Chap 21)

This Land Is Your Land, Anthony Bowman (George H.W. Bush theme song)
God Bless the USA, Lee Greenwood (Gulf War song)
Anchors Aweigh, Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The fall of communism and a dazzling Gulf War victory
were boosts for Bush, until he scrapped his "no new taxes" guarantee.

The Cold War ends, less need for military, Mister Bush
wins 88's election (for the Gipper) with a push
for tax reductions ("read my lips"). A pilot, CIA
director, businessman, and patriot, his resumé
was good enough to beat the troubled Democrats. The fall
of communism happened quickly, and the crumbling wall
would symbolize the moral breakdown of the Soviet
regime, as Lech Walesa's labor backlash would commit
to worker freedom. But despite the global benefit
of peace, demobilizing meant we started to omit
defense expenses -- inauspicious, for Saddam Hussein
decided to invade Kuwait. Despotic, inhumane,
Saddam was threatening free markets, and the domino
effect arose again -- perhaps Iraq would overthrow
the Saudis next. As Bush directed sanctions, anti-war
crusaders cried "no blood for oil." But Bush could not ignore
the lessons of the past, and used a Reaganlike all-out
attack, the "western way of war," a strategy without
delays like Vietnam, and led by power from the air,
precision laser bombing, an immediate affair
that killed a hundred thousand of a shell-shocked enemy
at very little cost. But rather inexplicably
we left Saddam in charge. And then, back home, a big mistake:
recession, and a deficit that's not about to break
the budget -- Bush reacts too strongly, with the largest tax
increase in history. The public's mad, the press reacts
with rancor: "Read my lips, I lied," announced the New York Post.
And now his "kinder, gentler" nation seemed an empty boast,
his "thousand points of light" naive. He rallied civil rights
again, despite the fact that many blacks had reached the heights
without assistance (Jordan, Winfrey, Clarence Thomas). Shame
on us, allowing miscreants like Rodney King to blame
authority and cause a Watts-like riot. Ross Perot
arrived in '92, a businessman, but touch-and-go
on major issues. Clinton won the race, a moderate,
though soon to be revealed, in moral terms, a hypocrite.

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