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Ricky Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Ricky Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Ricky Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

His columns are archived here

Posted 03.14.05

RICKY BLUE

What if George Bush is right? What then?

I remember when Ronald Reagan became president. A Republican. A right-wing conservative. A numbskull. A cowboy. The caricature was complete. We mocked him. The very mention of his name would send my friends into hysterical rants.

He invaded Grenada. Then he came up with the Star Wars program. He's a warmonger, an imperialist, we all shouted.

A new wave of self-righteous anti-Americanism infused us with the warm feeling of moral superiority.

Then came Perestroika. The Berlin Wall fell. The Cold War ended. Ronald Reagan had won.

Years after that I sat in a hotel bar with a Polish couple at a medical convention in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They described how they had grown up in a Poland where it was illegal to drink Coke or listen to jazz. Where, as they secretly huddled in their basements around Radio Free Europe, their hero was the same Ronald Reagan. Because he stood up to the communists when no one else would. Because it was thanks to him that they were free today. We drank a toast to him. I realized how wrong I had been.

Now George W. Bush is president. A Republican. A right-wing conservative. A numbskull. A cowboy. The caricature is complete. We mock him. The very mention of his name sends my friends into hysterical rants.

He invaded Iraq. Now he has come up with the Missile Defense Shield. He's a warmonger, an imperialist, we all shout. Another great wave of self-righteous anti-Americanism infuses us with the warm feeling of moral superiority.

But what if the elections in Iraq actually are destabilizing the grip of terror that the Islamic murder brigades, Baathist dictators, and medieval mullahs have on the Middle East? As Reagan's tough policies brought down the communist bloc?

What if I find myself in a hotel bar at a medical convention in Niagara-on-the-Lake ten years from now and an Arabic couple describes the oppressive regime they grew up in?

And what if they tell me that all during this tumultuous time that George Bush was their hero? Because he had stood up to Islamic fascism when no one else would? Because, thanks to him, they were free?

Could this happen? And if so, will we admit that he was right and we were wrong? And give him credit for risking his presidency and his place in history to fight for what he believed? Like Reagan did? Against all the accusations and personal insults of his enemies?

Reagan was no genius. Neither is Bush. But that is their strength. They do not second-guess. They do not analyze. They decide and they persevere. Perhaps that is how history is made.

I'm not saying that Bush is right. I don't know that. How could I? I am not a clairvoyant. I am just saying that he could be. No one I knew thought Reagan was right. But he was. No one I know thinks Bush is right. But he could be.

Nizar Hamzeh, political scientist at the American University in Beirut, says that the surge of People Power now happening in Lebanon is because of the policies of George Bush. The Americans are giving hope to those all who oppose the oppressive regimes of the Middle East.

If Bush is right, let's at least have the grace to admit it.

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