Maybe you knew all about this, since Trump issued the proclamation last Saturday. But none of my newsfeeds informed me.
Only when I stopped at the post office a few minutes ago did I get the memo. They’re going to be closed tomorrow (in the midst of the Christmas mailing crunch) and they ask us all to join them in a day of mourning for Bush the First.
Yeah, I’ll just bet those employees who get a surprise day off with pay will spend all day keening in grief and wearing sackcloth and ashes. Suuuure they will.
Looks like this is going to affect all of the fedgov, some banks, and the big stock exchanges.
What is this, anyhow? A national day of mourning for a 94-year-old who managed a one-term presidency 30 years ago??? Are you kidding me? Oh sure, he was also a war hero, and by all accounts a brave and decent man. But if they’re closing down the fedgov for those, it would be a permanent shut-down. (Hey, now there’s an idea …)
Nope, it’s all for that notably unsuccessful one-term presidency in which we all read GHW Bush’s lips and discovered he was lying. It’s all because our living president, in his hopes for glory, wants some future commander-in-chief to do the same thing for him.
Don’t count on it, Donald.
On the other hand, we do behave more slavishly to those glorified ward bosses with every passing year.
Preserve their organs in jars, wrap their empty hulks in chemically saturated linen and build giant pyramids over them?
This is preposterous. This isn’t how free people regard politicians. Okay, maybe a Lincoln (freedom destroyer though he was) or a Washington. But George Herbert Walker Bush, professional nonentity, aggressive war-maker, DEA worshipper, gun-banner, and most famously one of the few politicians ever booted out of office for doing the most common thing politicians do — making phony promises???
What a graphic demonstration of how far we’ve fallen.