|January 11, 2005||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
Note: This January 11, 2005 BuzzFlash Editorial marks the eleventh in 20 consecutive editorials BuzzFlash will be publishing through January 20th.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
At the center of a number of theories surrounding the blind loyalty to Bush among some 90% of Republicans is that he represents the father figure for the nation. A patriarchal hierarchy reveres the father no matter what errors he makes, because he -- well -- sits at the head of the table and is the "leader" of the family.
So the father could go out on a bender and sleep with a couple of tarts, go to church and ask repentance, and all is forgiven because he is the father, the provider, the protector of the family.
Perhaps that's why Andrew Card, Bush's Chief of Staff, told a group of Bush Maine supporters last summer that George regards the citizens of America as 10-year-olds (we are not making this up) who need to be led. The irony that Bush may be the 10-year-old defying the law of majority rule that comes with democracy did not go unnoticed by BuzzFlash.
If you're not into the patriarchy model, you just see Bush's worldview as arrogant, elitist, and toxic. This is one father figure who is so bumbling that he wears the word "failure" out. Indeed, the only thing he is successful at is failing -- and, of course, lying about his failures.
That's some father figure. It reminds us of the male counterpart of "Mommy Dearest." It's the "Godfather" if Fredo ended up running the Corleone crime family instead of Michael.
In Bush's patriarchal hierarchy, a Christian God has chosen him to lead America onto "a righteous path." Bush's primary mission was not to be elected. He has told staffers, as documented in many articles, that he believes that the almighty picked him as president and to lead the crusade against terrorism. It wasn't an election in 2000, according to George; it was divine intervention.
There are two kinds of people in the world, the old saw goes: people who believe there are two kinds of people, and the rest of us. George W. Bush falls into the first category. Let's try this theory out:
Islam: bad. Christianity: good.
Are you getting the picture now?
That's our national Daddy: a simple-minded elitist who believes that he is divinely inspired.
His icon is everywhere now, even, as Paul Krugman has pointed out, including multiple photos of "our father figure" in the United States budget. (No presidential photos have ever appeared before in the budget.) Like Mao or Castro or Stalin, his propagandists are branding him as the "mighty leader" fighting to "protect the homeland." Large billboards are already popping up with Bush's photo and the simple title, "Our Leader." No doubt, statues and marble busts will soon be springing up around the nation of "our president leading the valiant struggle against the terrorist enemies who hate freedom."
Bush almost isn't a real person anymore. He is a branded image.
The White House markets Bush like a product, and the press treats him as if he were advertising copy.
But, truth be told, he is just a chronic failure in three thousand-dollar suits.
He is a dangerous man in a dangerous time.
What does a nation do when its father figure turns out to be an inept, inflexible child who doesn't understand his limitations?
Perhaps, people begin to pray.
George W. Bush sure is bringing a lot of people back to religion.
Prayer may be all that's left after he's done dismantling our Constitution and our infrastructure as a national community, not to mention bankrupting our nation and conducting an unnecessary war that has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people and the radicalization of more terrorists.
Pray for "your President," our soldiers are told.
Pray for America to survive this president.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL