Who is he: George Bush Sr., not to be confused with his son George W. Bush, is most famously known for vowing not to raise taxes and then doing so once he won election to serve as the successor to President Ronald Reagan. Bush served as US president for four years, from 1988 to 1992.
Once a CIA chief, Bush Sr. was the consummate insider and a valued member of the Anglosphere power elite. There is an apocryphal story that claims Ronald Reagan was visited by Henry Kissinger on the night of his nomination and threatened with various personal and political consequences if he did not name Bush Sr. as his Vice President.
While Reagan had often claimed that he would set the presidency free from the reign of insiders from the globalist Council on Foreign Relations, he surprised his supporters by giving in that same night and placing Bush Sr. on the ticket with him.
Reagan went on to win election and began to implement some of his free-market oriented ideas. There remains the abiding suspicion that somehow the Bushes and their insider friends had something to do with Reagan's shooting by John Hinkley in 1982.
The Bushes were friends with the Hinkleys and one of Bush's sons had lunch with Hinkley's father the day before the shooting. Additionally there remain questions about the shooting itself.
Hinckley was standing when he opened fire and would have needed to shoot through a car door to hit Reagan. Thus, it is said that Reagan was hit by a bullet that "ricocheted." Others claim that Reagan was shot from a nearby "knoll" as John F. Kennedy may have been shot by someone other than Lee Harvey Oswald.
Whatever the truth of the matter, questions linger and Reagan himself was never the same. A good deal of his political determination seemed to leak away. Publicly, he was oriented toward entrepreneurial, free-market efforts but privately he apparently retreated from them.
Background: George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, in 1924 to former US senator Prescott Bush. After attending the private Exeter high school, Bush Sr. joined the military at age 18. He flew 58 combat missions during World War II and was shot down over the Pacific by Japanese fire. He gained the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery as a result.
It is said that one reason for Bush's bravery was because he felt the need to show that the family itself was dedicated to the war effort – and was both anti-Japanese and anti-German.
This was necessary in large part because of his father's involvement in the Nazi war machine. The late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies deeply involved in pre-war Nazi Germany.
US National Archives show that a company in which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism. Bush's business dealings continued until assets were seized under the 1942 Trading with the Enemy Act. In the mid-first decade of the 2000s, the Bush family was sued by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz over the family's alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.
George H. W. Bush may have been motivated by his father's setback to pursue a life of "public service." Certainly he had the connections for it. Bush Sr. would eventually become CIA chief and then begin a quest to win the presidency.
Bush Sr. ran in 1980 and came close to winning, but was ultimately bested by Ronald Reagan. He would become Reagan's running mate and only win the presidency successfully on his own in 1988.
Like his son, who was to be president from 2000 to 2008, Bush's defining moments as president probably came during wartime when he invaded Iraq after President Saddam Hussein occupied Kuwait in an oil dispute.
There are numerous angles to this story, as well, with some maintaining that Hussein was baited into invading Kuwait by the Bush Administration, which sought a war to begin a revitalized process of implementing what Bush himself called a "new world order" in one infamous speech.
It seems fairly clear that Bush used his insider connections to continue to push ahead the global governance that Anglosphere elites continuously seek. Like his son, Bush did nothing to reduce the federal Leviathan and merely used its power to foment an overseas war.
Eventually, George H. W. Bush was undone by his own partiality to big government. Failing to keep his promise to reduce taxes, Bush Sr. alienated his base and had no answers for the recession of the early 1990s. In 1992, Bush lost his bid for reelection to Democrat William (Bill) Clinton.
Bush Sr. left behind a legacy of warmongering and fiscal irresponsibility that was not as brutal and obvious as his son's, but was nonetheless damaging to US civil liberties and what was left of the nation's free markets.