By Patricia Garza, Little Bytes News
Editor and Founder
Do you think George W Bush’s Presidency was most destructive in modern history?
Apparently Trump’s former senior strategist and alt right leader Steve Bannon thinks Bush’s presidency was the most destructive.
According to this report in Time:
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon slammed former President George W. Bush Friday, calling his presidency the most “destructive” in the history of the United States. Speaking at a banquet convention for members of the California Republican Party, Bannon said that “there has not been a more destructive presidency than George Bush’s.” Bannon also…
I disagree, while Bush did give in to Democrats demands for more spending and increasing the debt, Bush also became a war time president after the Islamic terror attack of Sept 11,2001. During that time the United States became more united then I had seen in my lifetime and the congress united to approve the Iraq invasion and the subsequent war on terror.
Many dispute the reasons for the war and question why we invaded Iraq and then Afghanistan. Some think it is a war for oil, although the USA hasn’t taken any oil from those places. Some think we were lied to about Iraq having WMD, even though this has been disproven.
But, what you could say was destructive about the presidency of GWB, is that after eight years of the GOP in power, the nomination and two-term presidency of Barack Obama followed.
The presidency of Barack Obama led to a more divided America after the rise of the progressive, often violent, Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter groups. These groups protested and rioted in the streets of many large cities across America against capitalism, corporations and against our police and justice system. Core American ideals.
After the Occupy Wall Street movement died down, most of them migrated to the Black Lives Matter movement, which grew after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida by Hispanic neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman.
Then the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri gave the Black Lives Matter more strength as they felt the teen was shot without cause. However, after months of media coverage, riots and vandalism of Ferguson the courts found the police officer innocent.
This led to more racial tension and division, despite the USA having elected the first Black-American president. As more police shooting deaths of blacks followed, police became targets of violence from ambushes to increased attacks.
The racial tensions continued to rise as the Obama administration showed bias towards those rioting and met with members of BLM in the White House and vowed to change the criminal justice system.
However, this only led more Americans away from the Obama administration and enabled the rise of the Teaparty, conservatives opposed to Obamacare, illegal immigration and for a limited constitutional government. Angered after the failure to stop Obamacare, DACA, illegal immigration and other Democratic policies, this eventually gave rise to Trump’s core supporters:
White nationalists and groups like the KKK, Alt Right and other White Supremacists and anti Semite groups to become empowered. While it was the ideal time for the election of a constitutional, teaparty conservative, like Ted Cruz, many people who identified with the conservative Teaparty apparently identified more with Trump’s anti immigration, white nationalist agenda.
In result, the election of 2016, led to the rise of Donald Trump. The number of white nationalists, Alt Right and other white supremacists helped Trump win the election, along with the possible interference of fake news and Russian trolls on social media and across the Internet.
Many GOP and those who identified as conservatives felt they had no choice but to elect Donald Trump once he defeated all thirteen other GOP candidates. They feared Hillary Clinton and the Democrats would have been more destructive or dangerous than Barack Obama. While that’s debatable, at this point it doesn’t matter because Donald Trump was elected and is now president.
However, the election of Donald Trump has not united the country, as many hoped. His presidency has been filled with controversy, from the Russia interference investigation to the sexual harassment claims, other missteps and volitile public comments and tweets.
The Trump presidency gave a voice to those who felt they had no voice and to groups who historically failed to vote and stayed out of politics. These nationalist groups, loyal Trump supporters, have since been surrounded with controversy and violence including the death of a young Antifa(anti) Alt Right protester in Charlottesville in August 2017 at the Alt Right “Unite The Right” rally.
In result, the Trump presidency has emboldened divisive, often violent and controversial groups on both sides like Antifa, BLM, Alt Right and others. Trump’s administration has also been unsuccessful in passing conservative, limited government legislation and unifying the country but has also failed to unify the GOP and conservatives, who currently hold the majority in both houses of Congress.
In conclusion, whether GWB’s presidency was most destructive or Obama’s, both led to the presidency of Donald Trump and the empowerment of violent and divisive groups from OWS, BLM and Antifa to the Alt Right, white nationalists, white supremacists and anti semitism. While Trump’s presidency is still fairly new, almost a year into it, our country has not been made better, but has become more divided. I know Trump supporters, Obama supporters and others may disagree, but I don’t see the Trump presidency “making America great again”, as it continues to divide and fail to pass small government reforms. In fact, I fear the Trump presidency may be most destructive and dangerous as his unscripted remarks and tweets could lead to war with North Korea or other adversaries.