Real Bushmen Dont Cry,
At Least Not for Anybody Else
America has come a long way since Edmund Muskie was forced from the 1972
presidential race by a forged letter from Nixons dirty tricks
department that got him so mad he cried during the New Hampshire primary. Or maybe
he just choked up, or his voice broke, or something. Anyway, it was in public
and it just didnt look, well, manly.
Since then, though, television news has turned us into such a nation of
whiners and weepers that now its perfectly okay if a fellow
wears his feelings mushy side out. Governor Jeb Bush did it the other day
during a war-on-drugs speech in Tallahassee.
The Miami Herald reported, I want to thank you on behalf of
my wife for your prayers and for your quiet counseling in the last few months
about our daughter Noelle, he said, his voice trailing off and shaking
Bush men always cry, he said, perhaps alluding to his
brothers teary tribute in March to the families of two Florida Army
Rangers killed in Afghanistan. I apologize. Its some genetic
problem I got from my dad, I think.
The Orlando Sentinels man remembered the quote a little differently,
reporting, Its a genetic problem I got from my dad. He cries a
Bushs father, President George Bush, wept on a visit to Hungary
after being handed a piece of barbed wire that symbolized the Iron Curtain
coming down. He recalled in a 1997 interview that I cry too easily. I
did then and I do now.
So there you have it. The Bush men have no trouble getting in touch with their
inner Mr. Softee, and this is not a bad thing. It is a very, very good thing.
We would not want them bawling all over the place, would we? Of course not.
The Bush men are arms merchants and ball club owners and oil men and CIA
directors and governors and presidents and stuff like that. Most of the time
we want them to be strong, like our own dear daddy. And they are!
For example, take when George W. Bush had to execute a murderer who was a
reformed drug addict and born-again Christian just like he was. Her name was
Carla Fay Tucker, and Pope John Paul II and Pat Robertson and all sorts
of other bleeding-heart pinkos thought he should spare her. But he was
governor of Texas, dang it, and right was right.
Did he blub all over the place when he did his duty? I should say not.
Time magazine reported, Although he was anguished by the
decision, in an interview with Talk magazine, writer Tucker Carlson
described Bush mimicking the womans final plea for her life.
Please, Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation,
Dont kill me.
He did, though. He killed another 151 death row inmates, too, which is more
than our real daddy ever did. Lets hope.
But not more than his real daddy ever did. Remember the Highway of
Death in Kuwait? And Remember the U.S.S. Vincennes? Dont remember that
one? The Iranians do.
On July 3 of 1988, Iran Airs Flight 655, on a regularly scheduled flight
from Bandar Abbas to Dubai, was shot down over the Persian Gulf by
trigger-happy gunners on the Vincennes. The 290 people aboard died.
Did President George Herbert Walker Bush cry? Certainly not. I will
never apologize for the United States of America, he said. I
dont care what the facts are.
So Lieutenant Commander Scott Lustig, anti-air warfare officer of the
Vincennes, was awarded two Navy commendation medals for his service on the
cruiser. And its commander, Captain Will C. Rogers III, got the Legion of
Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct during the period of his
Facts being what they are, however, the United States was obliged by the
courts to pay $300,000 for each wage earner killed by the meritorious
captain, and $150,000 for each non-wage-earner (this included the 57 children
aboard). And the Iranians got another $40 million dollars from the U.S.
taxpayer for loss of their plane.
This leaves Governor Jeb Bush, who lost it so notably when talking about his
drug-addicted daughter before the drug professionals in Tallahassee. Its
plain that he has inherited those squishy New Testament Bush genes, but how
about those stern Old Testament ones?
Turns out the governor is okay on that, too. In that same speech, the Miami
Herald reports, he derided the clowns who were until
recently pushing a constitutional amendment that would have let certain
first-and-second-time drug offenders avoid jail and go to treatment.
He seems to have gotten through this part of his speech without a quaver, a
sob, a catch in his voice, or even so much as a hint of the embarrassment you
or I might feel if everyone in the room knew our own daughter had
somehow managed to avoid jail and go to treatment.