In the left-leaning reaches of the wishful thinking community, it was hoped that George W. Bush would become a pariah in his retirement, a lonely fellow left like a hermit in a cave as his various sins weighed down on him, bringing him by degrees to recognize the grim reality of what he had wrought over eight troubled years in the White House.
To those well-wishers who thought like this, I say: Pull my other leg, it's got a bell on it. The sad truth is that Bush will never get it and, unfortunately, fawning armies of admirers stand ready to help him not get it.
When he returned to Texas on Tuesday night, he was greeted by thousands of cheering people. I am not in the least surprised. But what the heck is wrong with these people? Why would anyone want to do such a stupid thing? Frankly, I don't know. I am not afflicted by this particular type of perversion.
I do know that reactionaries cannot help being reactionary and that the more sensible people assert the truth, the more insensible people cling to fantasy.
Sadly, this is the way of the world. Ignoring reality is how Flat Earth Societies continue to exist. I remember that nostalgic groups used to gather at the Kremlin to pay homage to the good old days of Stalin - the mass murderer Stalin! (And, no, I am not comparing Bush with Stalin, just pointing out to what depths human folly will descend.)
I just hope that future displays of gratitude to the 43rd president will be kept out of sight in deference to those Americans who have not lost their minds.