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Ellen and George

I have always been a fan of George W Bush and in answer to your obvious question. No, this is not a joke, it is not clickbait and I am not crazy.

Well actually I can’t verify the last one, as if I am crazy then, of course, I wouldn’t know I was crazy. In my experience it’s the sane who question their sanity, only the insane are convinced of theirs. I’m fine. My mother had me tested!

Now I know George Bush (Dubya) has had a bad rap and many consider him a war criminal and a despot but I have yet to hear credible compelling evidence that he was anything other than a pretty decent guy who did the best he could under difficult circumstances with the information he had.

I have found it is no use to try and convince people out of their opinions of him, like me, you will believe what you want to believe, and facts, logic and evidence are seldom any use against opinions, rumour and conjecture.

A lie can run around the world before the truth has even put its sneakers on!

Of course, I may be wrong. I may be very wrong but if I am, I can assure you it is not from lack of research, a search for truth, or my examination of facts. For all that though, I freely admit I will have my own blind spots (the problem with blinds spots is you can’t see them) and my reasoning may well be flawed.

The reason I bring up the subject of George Bush and open myself up for the expected ridicule is that just recently he made the news for sitting beside Ellen DeGeneres, a left-leaning liberal lesbian talk show host from America.

She is someone who I have always felt was one of the more decent, intelligent, pragmatic and genuinely good people on the planet.

Well, poor old Ellen has been monstered by all and sundry for sitting beside George and had her values and integrity called into question. “How could you sit by him?” came the bleats (sorry I meant tweets) from the new morality police, who can see hypocrisy clearly in everyone but themselves.

Ellen’s response was gold, pure gold, and gave me hope that if others follow her example, the divide between left and right might start to shrink and the world, just maybe, might become a better place.

Ellen said, and I quote.

“Here's the thing: I'm friends with George Bush, In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have. We're all different, and I think we've forgotten that that's OK that we're all different. When I say, 'Be kind to one another', I don't mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean, be kind to everyone. It doesn't matter.”

2000 years ago, Christ said words virtually identical to Ellen. “Love your neighbour and love your enemy.”

“Well said” to both of them!

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