I saw this post on Upworthy and really liked it. I know my husband will like this post more than most of my other ones because he is a big fan of George W. Bush.
So here are 7 quotes from the former President that we need to remember in the coming year, or four, as we travel into the unknown of the Trump Administration.
- We must fight bigotry:
“America rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith. …America values and welcomes peaceful people of all faiths – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and many others. Every faith is practiced and protected here, because we are one country. Every immigrant can be fully and equally American because we’re one country. Race and color should not divide us, because America is one country.”
Let’s reread that last sentence: RACE AND COLOR SHOULD NOT DIVIDE US, BECAUSE AMERICA IS ONE COUNTRY. I think every single person could use this reminder every now and again, some more than others obviously. Let’s build on that and go back one more sentence: EVERY IMMIGRANT CAN BE FULLY AND EQUALLY AMERICAN BECAUSE WE’RE ONE COUNTRY. What about this is difficult to understand? Honestly? Absolutely, fucking nothing. We are all equal. We are all human beings.
- We need to be civil.
“There were moments of bipartisanship. But the tone was rough. …I tried hard not to call people names and bring the office down during my presidency.”
Let’s just piggy back on the first quote. We are all human beings! The fact that some people don’t see that just blows my mind. Not a single one of us is better than another. No matter what our President Elect seems to think.
- Prisoners deserve a second chance.
“America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.”
This has many different layers. To keep it short and sweet; when prisoners are released into the general public we need to make sure they have opportunities and are treated fairly. We also need to educate our prisoners. If they don’t have opportunities they will most likely offend again just to make ends meet or because it’s the only life they know. And if that’s the case we are not doing our job in prisons.
- We need to be tolerant.
“Some of the comments that have been uttered about Islam do not reflect the sentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans. Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others. Ours is a country based upon tolerance, and we welcome people of all faiths in America.”
You go GWB! He went through one of the most difficult times as a president with 9/11, yet he encouraged the American people to be tolerant. To be accepting. To be welcoming to all people. I can’t even imagine how difficult his job was after 9/11 and he kept his shit together and tried to keep the American people together.
- Gun safety.
“We ought to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them; that’s why I’m for instant background checks at gun shows. I’m for trigger locks. …I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.”
Yes. Yes to all of this. I am all about stricter gun laws. I will be the first to admit I am not intelligent when it comes to politics and gun laws but something does need to be done. Mass shootings need to end. People are dying for no good reason.
- Racism needs to end.
“I can’t imagine what it would be like to be singled out because of race and harassed. That’s just flat wrong. So we ought to do everything we can to end racial profiling.”
I really only have one thing to say to that; #blacklivesmatter
-If you want to argue that #alllivesmatter we can discuss that in another post. Just let me know.
- The American dream is alive and well.
“We have a place, all of us, in a long story, a story we continue, but whose end we will not see. …It is the American story, a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals.”
We need to stay united. We need to raise our children to be united. We need to continue to believe in the American dream. We need to raise our children to believe they can achieve anything.
You can read these quotes and see the photos on Upworthy.