Mrs. Laura Bush is a lady who is a role model. She understands America, and she
understood the role criticism of the president plays. Our current president
does not understand that when he dishes out vitriol, he must be prepared to take
it. He does have the convenient excuse of racism, but he would be better off if
he wondered if he and his actions have something to do with his critics’
It was a very nice program with a very gracious lady.
A timely message indeed. Criticism, though never sought after, is a key element
to our society. That we have the right, and sometimes even responsibility, to
voice our concerns and to express our frustrations when we do not like what is
happening. I hear frequent rumors and I hope they are just that,
that when the current administration is criticized that strong efforts are made
to silence the non-compliant. As Laura Bush explained, criticism is part of a
free society and hopefully, collective voices help keep the country steered in a
positive direction.With regards to other comments here. I
appreciate that we have the freedom to speak out, but there are ways of doing so
which enhance the setting rather than to bring about self defamation.
I've always respected Laura Bush and appreciate her graceful way of leading
through example. In this case, she has shown how rudeness and criticism can be
redirected into a positive support for Democracy.We have too much
partison bickering going on, and it weakens us as a people. Honest differences
of opinion must be expressed with respect and in the spirit of cooperation. Brigham Young said about divisive parties: "Where such disunion
exists in any government, it ultimately becomes the means of the utter overthorw
of that government or people, unless a timely remedy is applied. Party spirit
once made its appearance in heaven, but was promptly checked." (Journal of
" Our current president does not understand that when he dishes out vitriol,
he must be prepared to take it."Really? When? Where? What
vitriol? There has been NONE. If, so, then let's see some quotes."I hear frequent rumors and I hope they are just that, that when the
current administration is criticized that strong efforts are made to silence the
non-compliant."Yes, they are RUMORS. But they are not just
that. They are deliberate lies and distortions spread by radio commentators and
other conservatives in malicious attempts to discredit this president and to
ensure, as they stated at the beginning of his first term, "that he will be
a one-term president."They failed in that initial goal, but they
haven't given up. Trouble is, that in their zeal to advance whatever
twisted objectives they may have, they have denied all of us the opportunity to
realize GOOD things that would have benefited all of us for years to come.GW Bush probably was not an evil man, but he allowed himself to be
manipulated by one.
I have talked to 5 different people who work and live in the State of CA along
with other states in the last month. They all agree what a business mess CA
currently is. A charter school that is funded by the tax payer in AZ and my
brothers kids go to is moving to my rich area here in CA. He called me to get
on the list fast for my kids. This same school because of all the regulation
here in CA has to be private. The price tag in CA for the same school is 32,000
per kid, per year. The CA Union teachers want NO out side competition. I have
graduated from BYU and 2 police academies in UT and CA. I could go on about
state laws. I will say CA heavily voted against Bush and Romney these #'s
speak volumes. I have read the book "The Faith of George Bush" the
author is a preacher and wanted to show Bush didn't really believe. Gov.
Leavitt and Bush even kept moments between themselves on the shores of Galilee.
The Bush's believe in Jesus Christ and this is the biggest reason they are
I am sure that Mrs. Bush is a nice woman and a good mother. She stood by her
man, and still does. However, she has not had a paying job in decades and is a
easy living stay at home -papered woman of a very rich man. An oil family from
Texas. For what could a woman such as her want? She is out of touch with
working folks, specially those who are single parents who are not benefactors of
Oil money. The show could have paid Martha Stewart or Marie Osmond and had just
as good a speaker.
During my short time here on earth I have learned one thing: our elders are have
wise words to share if we will listen. We would be wise to find the wisdom in
the words shared from a former First Lady, one who went through some of
America's darkest days. God Bless America!
Now all BYU needs to do is invite a democrat like Hillary Clinton or Michelle
Obama to balance things out
@ GaryO:Once again your anti-conservatism vitriol shines through.
It's called tunnel-vision and single-mindedness. You and like-minded people
with an ultra-liberal agenda don't seem capable of understanding that good
can come from various factions of our government and our people. Proper
diversity is more than just various skin colors.How is it that you
can possibly still be blaming former President Bush for 9-11 and the havoc and
tragedy that those extremist militants caused? They were the
"destroyers"... not President Bush or the Republicans who acted based on
the best intel available at that time, even though it was later proven to not be
entirely accurate. Such a current view seems ridiculous. Bush simply retaliated
and with a nearly full support of a bilateral Congress, including Harry Reid and
Nancy Pelosi, and even Hillary Clinton... using the same intel.But
you and a few other liberals are now trying to lay it all at the feet of
President Bush. I truly wish you could see and understand how ridiculous that
appears from the viewpoint of objective, independent people. And yes, you are
being way "overly critical" with such one-sidedness.
Trying again since you deleted the last one on ground of: ¨Comment included
personal attacks, name-calling, epithets, racial slurs or other derogatory
statements¨ (wonder what the deseretnews found offensive here) It is nice that Laura Bush was invited to BYU. Seemed an interesting discusion
and her sacred music, or at least the clanking of gears of democracy phrase was
simply brilliant.Now all BYU needs to do is invite Hillary Clinton
or Michele Obama to speak and all will be forgiven.
What a great speech and a very gracious lady. But I wish occasionally they would
invite a democrat to speak. I'm not a democrat, but those folks are
@ bullet56:So according to your philosophy, colleges need to find
people to speak who relate more to America (than former First Lady Laura Bush)
by being a single mother who works someplace like McDonnalds. Wow!
Do you honestly believe that such a viewpoint is anywhere close to relating most
to how American really is and the way our leaders need to be? Personally, I felt Mrs. Bush's viewpoints were spot-on and totally
accurate. It's too bad more people don't have the same insightful
viewpoints of what can and does make America great. It's truly sad that so
many liberal universities don't welcome actual political diversity and
especially such proven and practical viewpoints as Laura Bush's.
@ AllBlack:How do you know Hillary Clinton or Michele Obama
haven't already been invited to speak at BYU? It's not uncommon for
liberal speakers to turn down invitations to speak at conservative institutions.
One valid reason for not inviting Hillary to speak is her $200,000
(or more) speaking fee. BTW: There isn't anything to "be
forgiven"... as you stated.
Hey Brio –“Once again your anti-conservatism vitriol
shines through.”No . . . Once again I speak the truth . . .
And facts are extremely irritating to Right Wingers who rarely get the facts to
match their prejudices.And yes, Demorcrats in Congress were wrong to
believe the WMD lies so heavily favored by the GW Bush administration. But
fortunately, we Democrats learn from our mistakes.In the meantime
facts remain facts, and the “sacred music” generated by the GW Bush
administration will no just go away, no matter how much you want it to." . . . a chorus of complaint (when it) is in reality a kind of sacred
music . . . "The music is even more sacred now that a growing
number of people (except for those completely disconnected from reality) are
realizing just how horrible the GW Bush administration really was for this
nation?Bill Clinton's hand off to GW consisted of a nation at
peace, with strong international allies, a strong economy, and a history of four
consecutive balanced budgets.And the Republicans, led by GW Bush,
DESTROYED IT ALL.No, I'm not overly-critical . . . I'm
just harmonizing with the sacred chorus.
@ GaryO...Facts aren't irritating to Conservatives, as you
wrote. It's actually prejudiced left-wing rhetoric that is irritating to
right-wing people... and nothing more. But at least you did speak one truth.Thank you for admitting that Democrats in Congress were wrong. I, and
many others can actually agree with you on that. In fact, that's a rather
easy statement to make, since they are often proven to be. I'm genuinely
happy to see you are beginning to see the light in some respects. Baby
@brio"But you and a few other liberals are now trying to lay it
all at the feet of President Bush"If Bush led the drive to war,
shouldn't he be the leader who's prepared to justify the costs of that
war? Not only is he not being held accountable for those war costs, but the
right-wing actually has the gall to now blame Obama for that debt.This is exactly the aversion to facts that GaryO speaks of.Another
example. Bush's advisers provided talking points to justify the Iraq war
(WMD's), yet when those talking points turn up incorrect, you lobby for
Bush's innocence. In your eyes, he didn't lie, he was simply making
decisions on the intel he received at the time. Yet you'll insist in the
same breath that Obama straight up lied about Benghazi, even though his
statements were taken directly from the initial intel he received.Yet another example. A large portion of the right wing voters are convinced
that Obama has used 'unprecedented' power in signing executive orders.
Some websites claim he's issued almost a thousand of them, which is
@One Old Man--GW Bush probably was not an evil man, but he allowed himself to be
manipulated by one. Are you saying GW Bush was manipulated by
Not Obama. Cheney. President Cheney. The one who lied us into Iraq to enrich
his cronies at Halliburton.
Laura Bush is a role model for President's wives and how they should act
and support their husbands in office; having said that, she is no "yes,"
woman. She has a mind of her own, but not disrespect the fact that the voters
did not vote her into office, as some have in the past.God bless her
and George W. in all the good they do for education and veterans, long after
they were asked to do anything for their country.
Laura Bush is a lady in the true sense of the word..Others need to take a look
at what a fine lady is all about
RE one old manYou are so correct on your comment about Halliburton.
If American's really knew the whole truth on that deal... Cheney would be
in jail! I have a degree in history and political science...I know
this topic well. Cheney's action would be a scandal greater than Teapot
Dome from the past. It wasn't just his cronies who added to their
wealth.I rarely agree with you... but you're spot on with this
Some commentators seem to feel that this event was sponsored by BYU. Actually,
isn't it a Freedom Festival event? Does BYU have any hand in it other than
providing the facility?