Friday, August 12, 2005

Why Real Men Won't Talk to Cindy Sheehan, Day 7

From Ron Suskind's article "Without a Doubt" New York Times Magazine October 17th 2004.

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend-but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The aide said that guys like me were in what we call the reality-based community, which he defined as people who believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism.

He cut me off. That's not the way the world really works anymore, he continued. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality-judiciously, as you will-we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

I was relaxing last tonight, reading the interesting posts on the Intelligent Design controversy, over at Societas, and decided to try a link in his enticing Science sidebar, Stranger Fruit. The above paragraphs were sitting in the middle of the SF blog, just waiting to be brought into the public eye again. The entire article should be required reading for Americans. Not that it will make a difference in the thoughts and actions of the Gevangelical crowd. For them, it will just confirm GWB's status as the chosen one even more so. They need to believe...

But for all of those middle of the road average Americans who are wondering about the state of their country right now, and about how GWB can just keep sending more and more people off to be slaughtered and to slaughter, all the while talking about "noble causes" when the whole world can see that Iraq has imploded into a bloody carnage. For those people, this article has explanations for the irrational behavior. A behavior that refuses to confront reality.

Ever wonder how can he so arrogantly bypass the American public, the Senate, and plain rational human thought and behavior, and make this land over into what HIS vision of America should be, steamrolling his backwards vision into place no matter what the cost--to others and to the physical world that we live in and on? Ever wonder why he seems so determined to destabilize politically unstable areas even more, and possibly send us all into WWIV?
Ever wonder why he makes those terrible decisions to allow the continued pollution of our environment to the point where we will all be so warmed up, we'll soon roast?
Why he not only allows the pollution of our environment, he supports the earth's destruction through his policies and by publishing false scientific information?
Why he doesn't seek alternate energy sources?
For all of those Americans who are very busy working long hours at one or more jobs, and don't have the time or the energy left to sort out where the madness is coming from, here is a look into a religious addict's brain. Google religious addiction, and more than a million hits come up. From one of many similar sites, this list of characteristics gives insight into GWB"S political and social behavior.
1. "Special" claims about character, abilities, or knowledge.
2. Dictatorial and authoritarian leader.
3. An "us versus them" mentality
4. Punitive in nature
5. Overwhelming service
6. Followers in pain
7. Closed communication
8. Legalism
9. No objective accountability
10. Labeling
People who have addictive personalities quite often replace one socially unacceptable addiction with another, more socially acceptable one. The ability to keep from relapsing into the socially unacceptable addiction requires a constant feeding of the acceptable one.

People go on diets and lose weight, but then smoke incessantly. People give up alcohol (mmm) and or drugs and whoah, thank you jesus, they are now saved, faithful followers.

But unfortunately, the new vein has to be fed same as the old one. And same as the old one, the new addiction will require behaviors to support and maintain it. Behaviors that are not the norm and can be exceedingly dangerous not only to the individuals, but those within his environment. GWB, unfortunately for the world, is in a position where the feeding and maintenance of the vein of substitute addiction, religion, has free reign.

And the fiercer that he works to feed his vein, the more it needs to stay on top of the other addiction. Addictions are like that, you always need more and more to get high.
All of his right wing power plays are built on religious beliefs, just like any fanatic Muslims actions are built on their religious beliefs. They are both feeding the same vein of religious addiction. And they're bingeing right now.

In his addiction altered mind, the time he is shoving us backwards into, is the chosen way of life. He knows this is TRUE, because god has picked him as his special messenger and told him so.....
But I think his pushers are getting a bit worried about all of the recent public attention on him. Pushers always like to stay in the background, giving you the fix, plus some extra for your friends (new customers) and pocketing lots of illegal dough. They don't like the spotlight at all. It's bad for business.

Until the addiction behind the addiction is acknowledged and confronted, the aberrant behaviors will continue. Barring the type of honest soul searching that a Gevangelical preacher won't assist him with, and that he will not commence himself, the only way to stop his path of religious addiction madness is for the legal system to step in.
Put his butt in jail. Confine him somewhere. Dry his ass out. Make him confront the truth, reality.
Kinda like
Cindy Sheehan is doing right now.
And that's why he won't talk to the mother whose son was blown apart because of a war he started. Because he would have to start the process of actually confronting himself.


Anonymous ThomH said...

Thanks for the ref--just making my belated blog rounds. John Lynch @ Stranger Fruit has a shocking good site on both science and sanity in politics.

12:29 PM  

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