Former President George W. Bush warned about nationalism and the rising resentment against immigrants in a speech in New York on Thursday.
No, he didn’t blame Trump – but what did he really say?
Liberals have been praising Bush’s speech as a slam against President Donald Trump, but he never mentioned Trump’s name or the administration. They also seem to have missed when he talked about the dangers of socialism later in the speech.
Here’s what he said:
“There are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned, especially among the young, who never experienced the galvanizing moral clarity of the Cold War, or never focused on the ruin of entire nations by socialist central planning. Some have called this ‘democratic deconsolidation.’ Really, it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers, and forgetfulness.”
Protectionism, nationalism, isolationism: These are the things that Bush was warning us against in his speech.
“They have never ever been a part of American success,” Glenn said on today’s show. “We want to share our values, our principles and our prosperity. That’s what makes us great.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: George W. Bush, in a stunning attack, Bush accuses Trump of promoting falsehoods and prejudice. End quote. That’s the headline. Headline from the LA Times yesterday about President Bush’s speech at the George Bush Institute in New York. Headline is what we might classify as, I don’t know, spin.
George Bush never flatout accused Trump of anything in his speech. But he did call for the awareness of a disturbing trend of nationalism, that has become popular with Trump and the right.
GEORGE: We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. Forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought into America. We see a fading competence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability, and poverty that follow in the wake of protectionism.
We’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened, by the chaos and despair of distant places, where threats such as terrorism, infectious disease, criminal gangs, and drug trafficking tend to emerge.
GLENN: Okay. Everything that he said was true. I don’t think they were directed at Trump. But anyone who participates in the isolationist mindset. Protectionism. Nationalism. They have never ever been a part of American success. Never. We’ve never needed them to be proud citizens of the home of the free and the brave.
Our pride in America emanates outward, not inward. We want to share everyone. We want to share our values, our principles, and our prosperity. That’s what makes us great.
Come over here. Participate. Share in this.
But because they just wanted to kill Trump, his words fell on deaf ears. The left just heard him say, Trump, bad. And now George W. Bush is suddenly a progressive darling, which I can’t take anymore. How is George Bush all of a sudden a leftist hero?
I guess it happens when you completely ignore the later comments in the same speech, where he excoriated their side as well.
GEORGE: There are some signs that the intensity of support for democracy itself has waned, especially among the young, who never experienced a galvanizing moral clarity of the Cold War, or never focused on the ruin of entire nations by socialist central planning.
Some have called this Democratic de-consolidation. Really, it seems to be a combination of weariness, frayed tempers, and forgetfulness.
GLENN: Look, here’s the deal, both the left and the right are facing philosophical and ideological challenges at the moment. Both sides. It took George W. Bush to sit us down and explain why we’re both looking at American democracy in the wrong light.
I fear, however, the right and the left will only listen to his words when it suits them. Before you trash or exalt Bush for the edited sound bite that you heard, that might have been promoted in your carefully selected news feed, I implore you, it’s 15 minutes long, listen to the entire thing.