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A Stamp for Disapproval

11/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

According to my Wickedpedia -- President Bush deserves the stamp of disapproval.

According to Wikipedia, George Walker Bush, the forty-third President of the United States, will relinquish his current term of office at noon (ET) on January 20, 2009.

In his final days, even hours, he must be preparing for his exit. Throughout his eight year term, one can only imagine the number of paperclips which have passed through his callused fingertips. Assuming his desk in the oval office had a top drawer -- don't you wonder what he kept inside it? Did he have a pile of multicolored stickies with scratchy reminder notes made to himself so as not to forget himself? A stack of query's. Nothing less but more of George W. Bush hieroglyphics?

Could he have ever imagined before taking the oath of office, the highest and most powerful in our land, that unlike Winston Churchill, his reputation as a warring president, would never raise or lower a flag -- until the day comes when it will ceremoniously and for pomp and circumstance, cover his coffin.

I see the face of our departing president, as some might propose or he himself might even suggest, for postage.

But what I can't buy into is: why would Americans spend their hard earned cents on purchasing the George W. Bush stamp? It will never stick!

That face does not deserve the honor or begin to compare to the history or bravery of the carriers of the United States Postal Service. It is for all intended purposes, the forerunner of communication, having been served by countless individuals, of all faiths and denomination, of every ethnic origin, female, male, homosexual, transsexual, trans gender, people, immigrants, parents, grandparents, rough riders, cowboys, cowgirls -- it started with the Pony Express, and the dire need of people wanting to reach people with news.

Letters bound and sealed, some with waxed insignia's, the contents and subject matter no doubt personal and pressing. Letters about the loss of loved ones, some about unrequited love, others about disastrous or cataclysmic events; shootings, robberies, adultery,
hangings, lynchings, births, and weddings. All letters were bound and bundled in leather satchels which stayed affixed to the sweaty flank and ribs of an equine, a noble steed whose race against time itself was his primal duty.

In 2009, would I want to affix a stamp bearing the face of ex-president Bush, on a letter to a friend, the Department of Water and Power, Sprint, American Express, MasterCard, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Human Society, Greenpeace, the IRS, People for the American Way, Another Mother for Peace, GridPoint Solar, Blue Shield, Childrens Defense Fund, The Audubon Society, Ralph Nader for President, and my favorite, Andy Rooney at 60 Minutes?

I don't think so. Why? Because he hasn't earned a dime -- he just inherited his wealth which is tainted.

For George W -- the eldest son of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush -- after graduating Yale University he proudly took part in his family's business. Oil. Having lost a seat in United States House of Representatives in 1978 -- his families money helped him buy a part of the Texas Rangers, a baseball team, whose popularity helped to defeat a stalwart politician -- one of the first women to have mounted an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. Did George senior buy that race for his son?

Then in 2000, Bush was elected to the Presidency, a Republican candidate, who received a majority of the electoral votes but having lost the popular vote. Doesn't that tell you that his stamp would be a wasted investment? A self-adhesive addiction?

But I guess this warring ex-President would want his stamp to be a special commemorative September 11th edition. One of a kind. One that never lets us forget that he announced a global War on Terrorism and ordered an invasion of Afghanistan that same year, and an invasion of Iraq in 2003. And we are still there in 2008.

I wonder if commemorative stamps can be sold as a roll. And instead of roll call announcing the names of dead soldiers who gave their lives in vain for our freedoms, maybe they would prefer if they had been asked, whether or not George W. Bush should be pardoned or prosecuted for war crimes -- and if and when he gets a life sentence behind bars -- would his stamp get world wide attention and unilateral approval from every nation in the world -- and if so -- would he get what he deserves.

Never to be forgiven. That's an idea that will stick!

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