"Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions."
That describes at the top the anti-gun liars and their fellow travelers, and it describes the cop-haters and, who are some of the same people. It describes those who paint a broad brush when pointing out corporate greed as a condemnation of the very natural economic principle of capitalism.
This insightful statement is in fact, whether intended or not, a clear indictment of the political left.
HOWEVER, it speaks to those of us at the other end of the spectrum as well, to our faults, as it is clear that_ police sometimes overstep dramatically, blacks and other minorities are unfairly targeted, abuse of our great land and natural resources does take place, and this great country (with a great history and wonderful founding principles) did (at the very least) handle three historical issues completely wrong_ (1) the use of land; (2) the clash between whites and the indigenous natives; and (3) the importation of slaves. We must remember though that our ancestors acted in the way of the world at the time they lived. They, unfortunately, acted normally for their era.
These three epic fails were followed by the completely unjust invasion of the Philippine Islands in 1898 on the pretense* of helping the native peoples there, and act that resulted in the death of between 200,000 and 600,000 non-combatant Filipinos, many of starvation and sickness in American concentration camps in their own native land. It was all done with the best of intent (to reference the former president's point).
President Bush's insight peers deeply into our souls.
* [The Filipino rebels had already almost subdued the Spanish colonial forces when we arrived, and they needed only our naval protection from the Spanish fleet and those of other European powers.]