Bush doesn’t tell it straight.
He was AWOL.
George W. Bush’s missing year
The widow of a Bush family confidant says her husband gave the future president an Alabama Senate campaign job as a favor to his worried father. Did they see him do any National Guard service? “Good lord, no.”
Plus, Ben Barnes of Texas worked to get wealthy, well-connected families’ children out of Vietnam Service, and into some cushy state-side role.
The contemporary national party is not the Northeast’s Grand Old Party of old. It is basically the politics of the South, nationalized:
lies and demonization about the other party
vast sums of money funneled into the South to subsidize a lifestyle those people really can’t afford
a lot of flag waving (for now it’s the American and not the confederate flag!)
the party’s convention is always a “trick” to get moderate voters to think that the Republicans are more favoring of their concerns, than they really are!