The Bush Betrayal: Maybe He`s Not Thinking But Feeling—Family Feeling, Mexican Style

The more you study the details of the new

White House immigration plan
, the more the question
resounds: What is Bush thinking?

Forget the

amnesty
for a moment. Just consider Bush`s "temporary
worker"
program. Judging from the three White
House statements this week, as I wrote in a

UPI article
, anybody on the face of the Earth
(not just Mexicans) will get the right to move to
America country for an indefinite number of years,

with their families
, as long as they have a job
offer paying the minimum wage of $10,712 per year.

That would mark the

end
of the American people`s traditional patrimony
of

relatively high wages
and low land prices. Indeed,
it would rapidly mean the end of America as a coherent
community i.e. a nation. 

The ramifications of the plan are ridiculous. For
example, an

immigrant businessman
could immediately import his
entire extended family by offering them all jobs in the
family operation.

Quite obviously, nobody in the White House has thought
this topic through at all.

Even on a

political level,
Bush`s plan to drive a

wedge issue
into the heart of his own party seems
bizarre. Orange County Congressman

Dana Rohrabacher
told me,

"I can`t see that it would play well at the polls. I
personally don`t see this as good for GOP. The proposal
being made will keep wages down and that won`t be
popular with the American voters."

[Conservatives
question Bush immigrant plan
By Steve Sailer,
UPI, January 8, 2004]


What is Bush Thinking? Two Answers

So what is Bush thinking? Let me give two answers, one
personal and the other dynastic.

  • Answer # 1, three years into his term,
    now seems obvious:

Nothing.

Mr. Bush simply does not like to think.

That`s one of the two
main lessons in the first and probably most objective
biography of the man,

First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty

by reporter

Bill Minutaglio.
He interviewed 300 people who had
known George W. So far as I can tell, he couldn`t find a
single one who remembered the future President ever
saying anything interesting.

I`ve often wondered why
Bush rarely fires any of his advisors, no matter how
incompetent they prove. This weekend the reason became
clear when one of the few important figures he`s dumped
went public.

Jonathan Weisman
reported in the Washington Post
on Saturday:

“President Bush showed
little interest in policy discussions in his first two
years in the White House, leading Cabinet meetings `like
a blind man in a roomful of deaf people,` former
Treasury secretary Paul H. O`Neill says in an

upcoming book
on the Bush White House … Bush was so
inscrutable that administration officials had to devise
White House policy on `little more than hunches about
what the president might think.`”

Discussing complex
matters of state with the President was like talking to
a blank wall:

“In the 60 Minutes
interview, O`Neill described his first Cabinet meeting
with the president: `I went in with a long list of
things to talk about and, I thought, to engage
[him] on. And as
the book said, I was surprised that it turned out to be
me talking and the president just listening . . . As I
recall it was mostly a monologue.`”

This is why Bush doesn`t
want to fire anybody: He is reluctant to let anybody go
who has been intimately exposed to his vacuity. He can
count on his current minions to keep up the charade.
But, if he fires them, they might, like O`Neill, reveal
to the world what a zero the President is.

Bush

isn`t stupid,
but he is extraordinarily
intellectually lazy. Minutaglio`s book documents that
the only topics that have ever engaged his interest for
long are

baseball
and the study of how to

organize and manipulate people
.

He
has spent his life in a long series of seemingly
interesting jobs arranged by his father and father`s
friends—all of which have rapidly paled on him.

For
example, to avoid the risk of being drafted and sent to
Vietnam, he was handed a coveted

Air National Guard gig
. You might think that being
given the ultimate toy, a supersonic fighter jet, would
have held his attention. But Bush eventually just
stopped showing up.

You might think that George W. would find being
President to be a mentally stimulating occupation. Yet
not only does he take less interest in his job than
millions of people take in their own jobs … he shows
less interest in his job than millions of citizens show
in his job!

  • Answer # 2 to the question of what Bush is
    thinking, or feeling:

Dynasty.

One
thing you can say for sure is that the Bush-Walker
family is truly a self-conscious

dynasty
, operating at the highest levels of American
society for four generations.

Mario Puzo
, author of

The Godfather,

noted, "Any family—nuclear or otherwise—that wants to
learn how the game is really played should study the
Bush dynasty."

(For an

outraged history
of the Bush family, see

Kevin Phillips`
new bestseller


American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics
of Deceit in the House of Bush.

A more upbeat account can be found in Richard Ben
Cramer`s

What It Takes
. My bemused essay on the return of
dynasticism to

world affairs
, "Revolutionary Nepotism," can
be found in the Winter issue of

The National Interest
.
)

The
Bushes have always been ultra-ambitious and
ultra-competitive, including with each other in their
nonstop sports. Constant competition comes with costs,
though. The great psychological burden of George W.
Bush`s life has been his consciousness of his
inferiority compared to his father.

The
former President is not a great man, but he`s a fairly
superior
individual. When he arrived at Yale in 1945, he had
already been the youngest pilot in the wartime Navy. He
proceeded to graduate Phi Beta Kappa in only two and
half years, yet he had time to also

captain the Yale baseball team,
be tapped for the
ultra-elite

Skull and Bones
fraternity, and father his first
son, George W.

In many ways, the current
President reacted to his father in the same ways his
hard-drinking twin daughters are now doing to him.
The Times of London


reported
on Friday:

"The
US President, once a party animal himself, has little
success in reining in their wild behavior, which has
included arrests for underage drinking…


The Perfect Wife,

by Washington Post reporter Ann Gerhart, claims …
`These girls have all the noblesse, and none of the
oblige,` she writes. `They are rich, blessed with
intelligence, good looks, trust funds, loving parents,
boundless opportunities, freedom from many of life`s
daily vexing challenges, yet they persist in seeing
themselves as victims of Daddy`s job.`"

Still, despite the sizable chip on his shoulder George W. has
carried over his inadequacy relative to Poppy Bush, the
two men have had an ultimately positive dynastic
relationship.

The father repeatedly stuck with his often sullen son, finding him
new jobs to play at. And the son was there for his dad,
helping him in his campaigns. Most notably, on January
1, 1987, George W. stopped drinking to avoid
embarrassing his father during his 1988 run for the
Presidency.

So it`s likely that the dynastic urge burns as brightly in George
W. as in the previous generations of Bushes.
Unfortunately, his decadent daughters appear to be

worthless
. In the next generation of Bushes, the one
kid who appears to have the

good looks
, the

confidence
, and

the fire in the belly
is his nephew,

George P. Bush
, the son of Florida governor Jeb
Bush.

Indeed, George W., who calls himself "43" and his father
"41,"
has labeled George P. "44."

At only 27 years old, George P. is too young under the Constitution
to become the 44th President. But he could be ready to
run in another 20 years or so, by which time his uncle`s
policy of

"electing a new people"
has altered the voting
population in ways favorable to him.

You see, what`s distinctive about George P. is that he`s Mexican on
his mother`s side. His father, Jeb, was an Andover
student who went on to get a degree in Latin American
studies. He spent a semester in central Mexico and fell
in love with

Columba Garnica Gallo
, the

daughter of a modest mestizo family.

George P. campaigned in
Spanish for his uncle in 2000 like this:

“`This is a President
who represents the diversity of our society, who we can
count on to change the Republican Party to represent our
views.`" … He told the rally his mother had instilled
him the values of Cesar Chavez, the Chicano activist who
fought for the rights of migrant farmworkers in the
United States. `She told me we have to fight for our
race, we have to find the leaders who represent us,` he
said in fluent Spanish.`



Reuters, August 2, 2000.

Dubya has loudly
proclaimed that his close ties to Mexican-Americans
shows that he is a

new kind of Republican
.

Confirming this, his
nephew

George P. Bush told reporters
, "Our biggest
challenge will be to separate my uncle from the rest of
the Republican Party."

This, then, could be why
George W. has spent so much effort promoting a wedge
issue that can only

split his own party.
He thinks the

long-run fate of his dynasty
demands a new, improved
Republican Party —and a new, debased America.


With friends like these, does Bush need Americans?

George W.`s plan to break
down the

border
between the U.S. and Mexico is not at all out
of character for the Bush dynasty. The decades-old
connections between the Bush family and Mexico`s ruling
class and its Texas offshoots have not elicited much
attention in the United States. Yet they are highly
relevant to understanding both the new

President`s attitude
toward Mexico and exactly what
he means when he talks about his outreach to the
Hispanic community.

Bill Clinton notoriously had his "FOBs"
(Friends of Bill). It`s finally time to review some of
the "AOtGs" (Amigos of the Georges).

The Bushes are an extremely friendly
family. To a remarkable extent, that`s the source of
their power. They`ve been acquiring pals for decades.

Needless to say, most of the Bush
family outreach toward Mexicans has been directed toward
that nation`s

largely hereditary overclass.
Since 1960, the Bushes
have become friends with many rich and powerful Mexican
oligarchs and their Texan kin and business associates.

When referring to the Mexican overclass,
the words "rich" and "powerful" are
synonymous. As former New York Times
correspondent Alan Riding wrote in his 1984 bestseller


Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans
,
"[P]ublic life could be defined as the abuse
of power to achieve wealth and the abuse of wealth to
achieve power."

And the Bushes have apparently felt
right at home with the life-style of the Mexican rich
and famous.

There is, of course, a certain problem
with the Bushes` transnational amiability: A significant
number of the dynasty`s friends south of the border
appear to be crooks.

This doesn`t necessarily reflect badly
on the Bushes—particularly. After all, a large
percentage of anybody who is anybody in Mexico is a
crook. Still, some of the First Dynasty`s favorites have
been criminals on a scale so extravagant as to
scandalize even the long-suffering citizenry of Mexico.

Take Jorge Diaz Serrano. Jonathan
Kwitny reported in a long exposé in Barron`s ("The Mexican Connection of George
Bush,"

September 19, 1988, requires Dow Jones`

subscription
to access):

"Without breathing a word to shareholders in his Houston
oil-drilling company, Zapata Off-Shore Co., George Bush
in 1960 helped set up another drilling operation
employing Mexican front men and seemingly circumventing
Mexican law. And he did so in association with Jorge
Diaz Serrano, a now-convicted felon who has become a
symbol of political corruption in a country with no
shortage of contestants for that dubious distinction. In
helping to launch … Permargo, Bush and his associates at
Zapata teamed up with Diaz Serrano and a Mexican
associate in camouflaging the 50% American ownership of
Permargo."

George H.W. stood by his old partner:


"`I have high regard for Jorge,` Bush
was quoted as saying in People magazine in 1981.
`I consider him a friend.`"

Diaz went on to bigger, if not better,
things.

"Eventually, Diaz Serrano would take
control of Permargo, before moving on to head Pemex,
Mexico`s government oil monopoly. Shortly after his
five-year stint at Pemex, he would begin a five-year
stint in jail, having defrauded the Mexican government
of $58 million it is still trying to get back…"

Yet, today, Serrano seems like a quaint
figure from Mexico`s more innocent past. He was a public
servant who merely feathered his own nest. Worse was to
come.



All this and drugs too

The big difference between the nice
clean corruption of the 1970s and today is the new
pervasiveness of drug money, and its accompanying
violence, among the Mexican elite.


"The problem with Mexico
is you don`t know who the bad guys are,"

said Robert Stutman, former head of the federal Drug
Enforcement Agency office in New York, in an

interview
with PBS` Frontline.

Stutman elaborated:

"Both Colombia and
Mexico are basically

controlled by narcotics traffickers
… They got there
by very different means. And therefore I look at the
countries very differently. I think basically, for
years, the Colombian government and Colombian officials
have tried to fight the cocaine war. They are simply
out-gunned, and out-manned. I look at that country very
differently than I look at Mexico, which has been bought
off."

One of the few American periodicals to
pay much attention these days to the Bushes` amigos is


El Andar
, a brave little bilingual quarterly
based in Santa Cruz, CA. Because most Latino-American
publications are preoccupied with either

celebrities
or

ethnic cheerleading
, El Andar has the fertile
field of

cross-border muckraking
largely to itself.

And what a vast and odiferous field it
is!

The Bush family`s most important
Mexican friendship was with the Salinas family, whose
scion

Carlos
ruled Mexico from 1988 and 1994, before
fleeing to exile in Ireland to avoid being lynched by
his furious countrymen. (For the lurid details on this
depraved brood, see my article

"Mexico`s Corrupt White Elite."
)


El Andar noted
, "Bush Sr. met Carlos Salinas`s father,

Raúl Salinas Lozano,
back when the latter was
Mexico`s commerce secretary. The families` friendship
has continued through the years. Raúl Salinas, the
president`s brother, has told investigators that Jeb and
Columba Bush joined him three times for vacations at his
hacienda Las Mendocinas."

Jeb`s host Raul is currently serving 27
years in the slammer for the assassination of PRI
chairman Francisco Ruiz Massieu, his ex-brother-in-law.

Dubya`s amigos in Texas, however, are
not exactly migrant farm workers. As Julie Reynolds,
assisted by Victor Almazán and Ana Leonor Rojo,

wrote
in El Andar:

"It was during those
campaign years

[of Bush the Elder]
that George Junior bonded with many of his Latino allies
in the state
[of Texas] and made the friends he
would later lean on when his political ambitions got
into gear. By and large, the Latino alliances Bush touts
so loudly these days are not social workers or school
teachers, and they are certainly not working-class. Like
most in W`s circle, they are

Texas heavy-hitters
who got rich from their astute
blending of business and politics."

In a long, complex El
Andar
article entitled “LOS
AMIGOS DE BUSH: The disturbing ties of some of George W.
Bush`s Latino advisors
," Reynolds amassed
evidence to back her allegation that two of Bush`s top
Mexican-American backers in Texas are palsy-walsy with
individuals linked to Mexico`s feared Gulf narco cartel.

As George W. said

numerous times
in response to questions about
illegal aliens,

"Family values don`t stop at the Rio Grande."

(America, of course, does.)  Here`s

one touching example
of his assisting an

undocumented worker
in his struggle with the
uncaring INS, as reported by in El Andar by
Reynolds and Eduardo Valle of Mexico City`s El
Universal
newspaper:

"In the fall of 1991, George W. Bush asked his father,
the President, to `help out` on behalf of Enrique
Fuentes León. … Fuentes León was living in the United
States on a tourist visa that was about to expire."

What "family values" had brought
this lawyer

north of the Rio Grande
?

"He had fled Mexico in 1989, after a highly-publicized
case in which he was charged with bribing two judges in
order to free a wealthy Acapulco businessman convicted
of the rape and murder of a young child…"

"He remained free in the U.S. for three more years on an
expired tourist visa, even though the Mexican government
made an official extradition request on October 21,
1991. … By 1994, he had purchased more than $6 million
in San Antonio real estate, and together with Texas
publisher Tino Durán made moves to purchase the
now-defunct San Antonio Light newspaper…"

When the INS was pestering Fuentes Leon
in the early 90s, Duran, who calls himself "a friend
and supporter of the Bush family,"
set up a meeting
between the notorious fugitive and the future President
of the United States to get him to intercede with the
current President of the United States. Duran said:

"`I had sent him
[George W.] a
letter so he would know what it was all about, so he
could decide if he wanted to help," Durán said. `And he
called me and said, `Sure, come on down and let`s talk
about it.` `Enrique and I went down to his office and he
called the President." George W. Bush asked President
Bush if he could help Durán and `his friend here.` Durán
says President Bush then asked Durán to send him a
letter and said he would direct the information to the
State Department."

What happened next?

"Fuentes León … was finally extradited to Mexico after a
1994 arrest for allegedly attempting to

bribe an INS agent with $30,000
… A courthouse
employee said that Fuentes León showed up every day in a
$200,000 car, followed by `around 25` other vehicles…"

How could he afford that?
Fuentes León is alleged by El Andar to be the "consigliero"
of the Gulf narco cartel.

"Today, Fuentes León is again imprisoned in Mexico. This
time it`s for a case in which he is charged in relation
to the kidnapping and death of Nellie Campobello, 85, a
famous former ballerina whose 13 year-old grave was
found last year. The title to Campobello`s house has
mysteriously appeared under the name of Fuentes León`s
wife."


Conclusion: a special relationship for whom?

Reynolds ended her
article, written before the last Presidential election,
with these thought-provoking inquiries:

"But the question has
to be asked: if some of us far outside of the Bush camp
know about those connections, how come Bush didn`t?
George W. Bush has made his lust for the

Latino vote
clear. `If
you say a million, I want you to spend two million. If
you say you need four million, I want you to spend
eight,
` W told Lionel Sosa, head of the Bush Latino
media campaigns.

"What is not clear is
whom Bush will be willing to consort with to earn that
vote. And, if he wins the presidency, what is the true
nature of the special relationship he will forge between
our two nations, the US and Mexico, in the coming
years?"

Last week, we started to find out what Bush thinks (or
feels) that special relationship between the U.S. and
Mexico should be—and, perhaps, the role that his family
might play.


[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website


www.iSteve.blogspot.com
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blog.]