Chapter 1, page 12: "We must not allow race to divide us, I warned [in my Texas governorship inauguration address]. 'There's a trend in this country to put people into boxes. Texans don't belong in little ethnic and racial boxes. There are such boxes all over the world, in places with names like Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda; and they are human tragedies. As we head into the twenty-first century, we should have one big box: American.'"

Ugh. He is THE WORST.

Spoken like someone with undiluted privilege, whose race, sex, gender, sexuality, stature, size, class, ability, and religion are all considered the default norm by the kyriarchy.

That is such classic conservative claptrap: It's the people who proudly identify with their marginalized class who are the problem, not the institutional oppression that marginalizes them.

This is a particularly timely quote, given the Trayvon Martin murder. Was the problem that Trayvon Martin didn't view himself as an American, or that George Zimmerman didn't view him as one? I think we all know the answer to that.

[From George Bush's A Charge to Keep, gifted to me by Deeky, because he hates me. In the US, all people who plan to run for president write a shitty book. (Some are less shitty than others, by which I mean the Democrats' books.) A Charge to Keep was George W. Bush's shitty I-wanna-be-president book, published in 1999. I am blogging one random quote per page every day until I have either made my way through the book or lost it behind a couch.]

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