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Published on December 8th, 2010 | by Leonard Jackson

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Not all the news is fit to print

President BushWell the Kansas City Star “got” me again. I had promised myself to move on – that there surely must be more interesting things to talk about than the foibles of our home town daily newspaper. I said that after Lee Judge stirred me up with possibly the most disgusting cartoon that I’ve ever seen. His editorial cartoon Friday November 26th depicting President Bush overlooking what appears to be a military cemetery with rows of crosses and the caption which reads: “If George W. Bush really wants to put his presidency into perspective” is a distasteful personal attack that really crosses the line of decency (if the newspaper actually has one) and disrespects the office of the President of our country.

I composed a strong response to this garbage and was prepared to post it when I had this moment of uplifting insight about the quality of the blog and what I should concentrate on and what I should ignore.

But then on December 3rd, only eight days later, there appeared another Bush bashing insinuating that the only way President Bush would know what it was like to make decisions in a complex environment was to ask Dick (Cheney). So much for my uplifting insight.

As I have pointed out many times, I have no strong political allegiance to any group or party. I am not a card-carrying anything, but I do usually take the conservative side of an issue and the Republicans usually come closer to that than certainly the Democrats.

So I am not sympathetic to a group like the left that whines constantly about the supposedly hateful vitriol and meanness of the right, but doesn’t seem to be the least bit offended or embarrassed by their colleague’s complete lack of civility and good taste – not to mention professionalism. I realize that Mr. Bush has just written a book that has brought him back into the public eye, but really, he hasn’t been President for two years now. When can they let it go? When can they move on to someone who is at least in the current political arena? I know that President Obama is off limits, but they need to find someone new to hate. Clinging to this much loathing may be harmful to their health.

I have tried to analyze this obsession that Mr. Judge and his newspaper suffer with about anything concerning our former President or his family and have decided that:

  1. They may not realize that the election is over and their guy won. Sometimes the Star is a little slow to learn about current events and let’s face it, even after the actual election Obama has never stopped campaigning and using the same rhetoric of us-against-them that he uses to keep the people of the nation agitated and divided.
  2. They still have several hundred cartoons ridiculing President Bush and they didn’t get a chance to use them all. Which means, regrettably, we’ve still got many more to come.
  3. After the results of this administration’s first two years they have to try to keep everyone’s attention diverted and keep blaming this mess on the former President and how he left all these problems to be dealt with. I would remind Mr. Obama that the only American President that didn’t inherit an office with an abundance of problems was George Washington.

Maybe one of these reasons, or all three, can explain this outlandish behavior. Last time I saw him all this attention doesn’t seem to bother our former President.


About the Author

Leonard Jackson

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue.
Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today.
In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged.
The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career.
Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market.
Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX
Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO.
The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity.
In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home.
And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!!
By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.



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