“[Bush] joked that his mother, Barbara Bush, told him Clinton has been spending so much time with his own father, former U.S. president George H.W. Bush, that he is “like a son to her.”" You got that yet? The left and the right are a false dichotomy, and neither the east coast nor the Texas oil elite are looking out for your interests. Both are variants of statism. The left, traditionally, has been for controlling your economic life, while the right has been for controlling your spiritual life as philosopher Ayn Rand pointed out. These days, they are indistinguishable. The only real alternative is individual rights and liberty, in the small-l libertarian sense, as opposed to hierarchical state power. (Note that Rand eschewed ‘Libertarianism’ for its big-tent approach and lack of any agreed upon systemic ethical basis.) The amiable jousting of the left and right in our national capitols is no more real than a wrestling script, designed to make you think you have a choice. The entire spectacle is stomach-turning. To pursue this further, look into both Bush I and Clinton’s CIA pasts. You could start here or here.
Flashback: An inconvenient truth: Libertarianism is a counterexample to traditional political categories
May 29, 2009
Former U.S. presidents perplexed by moderator’s passport question
Former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton drew a standing ovation from a packed Toronto convention centre Friday after their mostly amiable discussion touching on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, AIDS programs in Africa and border security at home.
At one point during the event, which was billed by organizers as a “moderated conversation,” both Clinton and Bush admitted they were surprised to learn Canadians and Americans will require a passport or an enhanced driver’s licence to cross into the United States as of Monday.
Clinton, the first to take to the stage at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, joked in his opening speech that the event felt like a “21st-century coliseum,” and the audience might want to see him and his Republican counterpart “devour each other.” He said he and Bush would do their best to “thwart” such a spectacle.
Bush also struck a congenial note when he took the stage, giving Clinton top billing as he told the audience: “Welcome to the Bill and George Show.”