Politicians who shaped my political views when I was an undergraduate were our Connecticut Senator, Prescott Bush, and our first Jewish Governor of Connecticut, Abraham Ribicoff.

To give a bit of background here, one of the dirty little Yale secrets was that that WASP dominated institution was anti-Semitic — it had a Jewish quota for admissions of students (Germanic names preferred) well into the 1950s when I blew the cover with an editorial and Jewish faculty were few and far between — mainly in our philosophy department — Paul Weiss and Chet Lieb, among my favorite teachers and mentors there who alerted me to the anti-Semitism!  See the Morris R. Cohen reports (distinguished CCNY philosopher who told it like it was when he was finally offered an invitation to teach at Yale which he declined):

Cohen, too, was indirectly one of my mentors, as his brilliant CCNY students from Brooklyn who were not in their days welcomed into the Ivies — Ernest Nagel and Paul Weiss — steered me into my fields of interest in social/political/legal philosophy.

Let us never forget that there existed a powerful pre WW2 U.S. disposition towards the Nazis which was manifested by an “America Firsters’ movement of which Charles Lindbergh was a prominent member:

Back to Prescott Bush, I met him as an invitee to one of our Yale Daily News events to honor a distinguished NY Times editor.  Bush was obviously a hale fellow well met and none too brilliant along the lines of his current grandson, our Decider-in-Chief.  The brains that Bush I presumably inherited were most likely from his mother’s side of the family.  Abe Ribicoff, as our Democratic Governor, was a breath of fresh air in comparison and the contrast led me to switch parties from my family’s Republican roots.  Quite literally when I first split my vote in Farmington, Connecticut, there was a great stir because the election folks literally had to disconnect the levers to allow a split vote.  They were set so that one pulled a single lever to vote for the entire slate — Republican or Democratic — which reflected the divided  ethnic worlds of the town citizens — old WASPS vs. new immigrants (mainly Italian, Irish, and Polish) who rarely did anything together except attend public school.

Given the background of the Bush family connections with Nazi Germany set out in the initial websites to this posting, it is entirely reasonable to ask exactly what Nazi tactics rubbed off on Bush II.  Torture, lying, secret maneuvers behind the back of the public, ethnic hostilities, corporate interests versus human rights, etc.  One of Bush’s teachers at Harvard Business has reported that he sat in the back row of his classes and voiced the view that the New Deal should be repealed.  One cannot but wonder in the face of the criminalities of the his administration what other features of the rule of law Bush also wanted repealed as a reject from the U. of Texas Law School to which he had applied.

People may think it is far out to ask what Hitler/Bush parallels may be embedded in our current national policies, but a close glance at the Bush family Nazi ties is a bit scary, if not necessarily determinative.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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