The Big Ideas of 2009

Legacy

How will the 43rd President of the United States be remembered? Chances are, as the Torture President.

For a span of 225 years after George Washington so eloquently and publicly opposed the practice of torture, the United States maintained a standard of human rights that protected even the most hated of her enemies. But in his attempt to wage war on terror, the 43rd President of the United States, George Walker Bush, subverted the constitution and denied the writ of habeas corpus to government prisoners. President Bush vetoed a bill that sought to establish a single standard of integration for US forces. He supported the practice of waterboarding as a means of extracting information from suspected terrorists. And despite the effort of human rights groups around the world, President Bush, in an attempt to circumvent the Geneva Convention, refused to characterize this practice of simulated drowning as torture. Bush may well go down in history as the torture president.


What do you think George Bush's legacy will be? Comment below.

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Anonymous

Criticising George Bush is extremely lame. Yes, he is an idiot, but did not around 50 million people vote for him, twice? why blame him?

Anonymous

Criticising George Bush is extremely lame. Yes, he is an idiot, but did not around 50 million people vote for him, twice? why blame him?

Anonymous

Because they were his policy decisions. I also blame drunk drivers for crashing their cars, not the bartender or the brewing company.

Anonymous

Because they were his policy decisions. I also blame drunk drivers for crashing their cars, not the bartender or the brewing company.

William

It is tragic that Bush was voted in as president, twice; but the whole system in the United States is bullshit. People are forced to vote for the lesser of two evils, and for once now they are finally making progress with Obama being elected. That being said, Hopefully the majority of Canada can get their heads out of their asses and realise that economy is not the issue, the health of our planet is far more important. I agree with an article in adbusters that a Conservative government is not going to make things better, only worse. Case and point, Canada's Alberta provincial conservative government endorsed cutting green initiatives in order to avoid a "deficit". As for Bush's legacy, I think it can be likened with any other totalitarian.

William

It is tragic that Bush was voted in as president, twice; but the whole system in the United States is bullshit. People are forced to vote for the lesser of two evils, and for once now they are finally making progress with Obama being elected. That being said, Hopefully the majority of Canada can get their heads out of their asses and realise that economy is not the issue, the health of our planet is far more important. I agree with an article in adbusters that a Conservative government is not going to make things better, only worse. Case and point, Canada's Alberta provincial conservative government endorsed cutting green initiatives in order to avoid a "deficit". As for Bush's legacy, I think it can be likened with any other totalitarian.

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