April 22, 2004
BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
I caught the tail end of Bush's press conference where the PBS reporter, who never gets called on, wasted a question by asking Bush if he could think of any mistakes he'd made concerning Iraq. And Bush started dancing, finally saying that his handlers hadn't anticipated that question so he didn't have an answer, and couldn't think of one, and felt he'd been put on the spot, but no, he couldn't think of any mistakes.....
Now some, few people are natural born thinkers (not Bush), and most people by necessity learn to think because if they don't, they don't survive. Bush, on the other hand, prides himself on not thinking, not reading a book, or a newspaper. For him, thinking isn't that important. And why should it be? He's gotten into three of the best schools in the world without thinking, run numerous businesses in to the ground only to have another one given to him without thinking, and gained a governorship and become president without thinking. So, the mistake Bush made in Iraq is central to his character, he doesn't think. And he didn't think before invading Iraq, and this time Daddy's money and influence can't buy him out of the mess he's made.
In a sense, one can't make a mistake unless one thinks before acting. Bush is like a mallard duck. It's all instinct. I've read in more than one place that Bush feels god chose him for this moment in time. That god talks to him. I don't think that Bush hears voices (maybe he does!), but he is arrogant enough to believe that every word that comes out his mouth was placed on his tongue by god, and god, being all knowing and such, can't be wrong so Bush can't be wrong. It would be sacrilegious for him to question himself. If I believed in such things, my guess would be that Bush is being punished for the sin of hubris by being tricked into believing that he's channeling god when, in fact, he is really channeling satan.
The thing that frightened me most was when he said that freedom isn't America's gift to the world, it was a gift from the almighty, and that it was America's responsibility to spread the holy gift of freedom to the world. It's a crazy idea. It can't be done. And even if it could be done, we can't afford to do it. No country can. Perhaps Bush thinks sacrificing America (not the top 2% of course), to god's will is a good and noble thing. Perhaps Bush intends to save America by destroying it. Perhaps he and his cronies are not corrupt, but insane.
Speaking of spreading freedom throughout the world, the days following his press briefing were spent lobbying to make the patriot act permanent. You can't make this stuff up. And as the boy king once said, "It would be easier to manage America if it was a dictatorship, but unfortunately, it's not."
(Robert) Austin Porter
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