My Facebook feed was lit up today with a bunch of people saying what a saintly old lady Mrs. Bush was because of her book program or whatever, and a bunch of others saying good riddance to her because she and her family dynasty systematically dismantled US education and human rights for decades.
In the meantime, my man Aaron shared a sad little story from his home town, where his daughter’s school bus driver passed away.
We don’t have regular bus route drivers in Finland, they rotate a bunch. It’s a hard job, and bus drivers are much maligned. I’ve done my share of maligning. And yes, they can be grumpy and obnoxious and I’m sure they brake hard on purpose to make passengers fall over.
Mr. Menking worked all his life and it didn’t seem like sick leave or retirement were economic possibilities for him. How much of this was Barbara Bush’s fault, I don’t know. It sure was somebody’s fault.
And yet, now they’re both in the same place. The morgue.
And if there’s an afterlife, I hope Barbara is driving a bus full of screaming smart-mouth kids from one side of it to the other. And okay, Don can also be a passenger and she gets to hit the brakes and make him fall over occasionally. Just to keep it interesting.
But mostly I just hope they were both happy and free of pain at the end of this life. Because this life is the one that actually counts, and bus drivers and the wives (and mothers) of monsters deserve to leave it with dignity.
– Posted from my Huawei y’know.
Well said. I’ve never seen anything in particular from Barbara Bush that makes her despicable, though I am an open-minded guy. So I too wish she is at peace, which she is because she’s not anywhere, hell or heaven, so mission accomplished there. As for the bus driver, I’m fairly confident he and his progeny have harmed the country and American people less than her and hers, so all the best for his survivors. I hope they use his story to activate and show where our country falls far too short.
Thanks for mentioning our bus driver!
From a friend on Facebook:
Admittedly very harsh and more than I would have said … but this is an established-ly dramatic friend.
Mostly blaming her for the deeds of the son she raised, which I already said I wasn’t comfortable doing. Also, yeah, I knew her views but she didn’t make policy.
“Oh, and taking credit for a literacy program that didn’t do one percent of what public schools used to do before she and her family permanently defunded them all so they could take the money and give it to churches to teach kids to hate gay people and that everyone who has sex outside of marriage deserves to die is not in any way praiseworthy.”
How did she defund anything, I’d like to know. I understand, these were their GOALS and remain Republican goals, but Barbara didn’t defund shit as far as I know.
I tend to agree.
Again I will say, in case this person reads your blog, that I am fully open to actual actions she took, if anyone has any to present. But thoughts and words and “that shit what her son did” will not make me speak ill of the dead.
I don’t think he does, unless I specifically share a post on Facebook. But yeah.