About the not liking President Bush- I guess can you explain both maybe?
I’ll stick to the kiddo:
1. He stole the presidency in 2000. People may forget that Republicans in Florida purged more than 50,000 African American voters before Election Day, and then went to the Supreme Court where the GOP-appointed majority stopped a recount that would have awarded the presidency to Vice President Al Gore if all votes were counted. National news organizations verified that outcome long after Bush had been sworn in.
2. He covered up his past. He was the scion of a powerful political family who got away with being a deserter during the Vietnam War. He was reportedly AWOL for over a year from his assigned unit, the Texas Air National Guard, which other military outfits called the “Champagne Division.”
3. As Texas governor from 1995-2000, he signed the most execution orders of any governor in U.S. history- 152 people, including the mentally ill and women who were domestic abuse victims. He spared one man’s life, a serial killer.
4. He embraced global isolationism. He withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, over Russia’s protest, taking the U.S. in a direction not seen since World War I.
5. He ignored warnings about Osama bin Laden. He ignored the Aug. 6, 2001 White House intelligence briefing titled, “Bin Laden determined to strike in the U.S.” Meanwhile, his chief anti-terrorism advisor, Richard Clarke, and first Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neill, testified in Congress that he was intent on invading Iraq within days of becoming president.
6. Bush turned to Iraq not Afghanistan. The Bush administration soon started beating war drums for an attack on Iraq, where there was no proven Al Qaeda link, instead of Afghanistan, where the 9/11 bombers had trained and Osama bin Laden was based. His 2002 State of the Union speech declared that Iraq was part of an “Axis of Evil.”
7. He flat-out lied about Iraq’s weapons. In a major speech in October 2002, he said that Saddam Hussein had the capacity to send unmanned aircraft to the U.S. with bombs that could range from chemical weapons to nuclear devices. “We cannot wait for the final proof- the smoking gun- that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud,” he said.
8. Bush launched the second Iraq War. In April 2003, the U.S. military invaded Iraq for the second time in two decades, leading to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and more than a million refugees as a years of sectarian violence took hold on Iraq. Nearly 6,700 U.S. soldiers have died in the Iraq and Afghan wars.
9. Bush ignored international ban on torture. Suspected terrorists were captured and tortured by the U.S. military in Baghdad’s Abu Gharib prison, in the highest profile example of how the Bush White House ignored international agreements, such as the Geneva Convention, that banned torture, and created a secret system of detention that was unmasked when photos made their way to the American media outlets.
10. Bush violated U.S. Constitution. The Bush White House ignored basic civil liberties, most notably by launching a massive domestic spying program where millions of Americans’ online activities were monitored with the help of big telecom companies. The government had no search warrant or court authority for its electronic dragnet.
11. Assault on reproductive rights. From the earliest days of his first term, the Bush White House led an assault on reproductive rights. He cut funds for UN family planning programs, barred military bases from offering abortions, put right-wing evangelicals in regulatory positions where they rejected new birth control drugs, and issued regulations making fetuses- but not women- eligible for federal healthcare.
12. Said evolution was a theory. One of his most inflammatory comments was saying that public schools should teach that evolution is a theory with as much validity as the religious belief in intelligent design, or God’s active hand in creating life.
13. Millions more lacked access to healthcare. Following these poverty trends, the number of Americans without health insurance was 38.4 million when Clinton left office. When Bush left, that figure had grown by nearly 8 million to 46.3 million, the Census found. Those with employer-provided benefits fell every year he was in office.
During World War I, over 12,000 American Indians served in the armed forces of the United States. In the army, they served as gunners, snipers, patrol workers, messengers, scouts, medical personnel, radio operators, and code talkers.
American Indians were integrated into numerous divisions of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). A few units, however, like Company E of the 36th Division, were all Indian.
This drawing, found by a volunteer, shows the symbolism of the 36th Division’s insignia, adopted in January 1919. The letter “T” represents Texas and the arrow head represents Oklahoma. Because the Division was made up of officers and men formerly of the National Guards of Texas and Oklahoma, its official name became “The Lone Star Division.”
A combat medic with Security Force Assistance Team (SFAT), 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Texas Army National Guard, keeps watch on a road during a logistics inspection in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, June 4, 2013.
Sandra Bland’s family lawyer said that a former Waller County, Texas, jail guard admitted under oath that he did not check on Bland in the hour before she was found dead and falsified the log saying that he did. However, Waller County’s legal representation claims something entirely different.
Darryl Davidson watches his pot-bellied pig eat a snack on April 22 at his home in San Antonio, Texas. His family also owns five dogs, four cats and two bearded dragons.
Davidson was in the National Guard for 17 years before retiring in 2011. He completed two tours to Iraq, and struggled to receive help for his post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Although none of his pets are service animals, Davidson says they help him emotionally.
Paratroopers from the 1st Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry Regiment and Charlie Troop (LRS) 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment conduct airborne operations at Fort Hood’s Rapido Drop Zone on April 17, 2015. The 314th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., provided the C-130 aircraft for the 36th Infantry Division Soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger)