The greatest myth of our time is that George W. Bush is not just an exception to the rule that all politicians are liars, but that he is a true "talk-walking" Christian doing his best to obey the teachings of Jesus in all aspects of his life.>
Or is that the 2nd greatest myth? Other competitors for #1 include "The Constitution is the highest law of the land", "America is a rich country", "America is a free country", and "The Democrats have a cure for what ails us.">
It isn't really fair to pick on Bush's religious failings. No one is
perfect! Unfortunately however, the media is spending far more time
attempting to "dis-authenticate" documents about Bush's cover-up about
his national guard service than they spent examining the
administration's (false) justifications for the Iraq War. The truth
about George W. Bush's guard service
is fairly obvious even though he has spent the last 30 years trying to
hide it: George W. Bush was trained as a fighter pilot and was a
capable pilot -- with many solo flights above the Texan homeland to his
credit -- until his partying started to interfere with his flying. So
he chose partying over flying. End of story, except for the cover-up.
The real story is about Bush's honesty, not his basically useless
service protecting Texas against the Viet Cong.
In AA/NA (etc.), there is a concept called "cash register honesty".
It refers to being scrupulously honest about things that don't matter
very much, like being handed an extra quarter at the grocery checkout
line. There is another sort of honesty which is much harder, and it
involves being completely honest and not deceptive or misleading when
the truth is likely to be damaging to one's future prospects. Most
people tend to rationalize little fibs about the past when being
interviewed for a job...or dating...or whatever. We tell ourselves,
"The past is the past, and what this person doesn't know won't hurt
him; but it will hurt me!" So the lie comes quickly to our lips. Later,
when the danger is past it is easy to confess the truth and pray for
forgiveness. The Christians have a term for that: "Cheap Grace".
You will know for sure when George W. Bush either A) no longer wants
something from you, or B) has become a sincere Christian and is on the
road to recovery from his alcoholism/drug(s) addiction. The truth will
be obvious. You will know it when he admits to past use of illegal
drugs such as cocaine, and admits to blowing off his military flying
career because of his "partying".
In the meantime we are left with other congenital liars, the
Democrats and nearly every high-level official in the U.S. government!
After the election in November perhaps the Camel's Nose of truth will poke into our desert tents of ignorance. ("Truth is so valuable that it often must be safe-guarded by a host of lies." ).
The Democrats are going to lose in November because their man Kerry
has nothing to run on. The Democrats have spent the last 3 years and 8
months actively participating in George W. Bush's policies. They voted for the PATRIOT ACT and the Iraq War, and put up feeble opposition to Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy. And they voted for the new Medicare drug benefit,
knowing full well that there is no money to pay for it. In other words,
they helped Bush gut the Bill of Rights, loot the Treasury, and bleed
America's military for no honest reason on the sands of Iraq. So what
can Kerry debate about now? The method of war...the rate of
looting...the amount of blood...Bush's national guard cover-ups...
Kerry has Nada. Zip.
I'll vote for Kerry. This will be my first vote since I voted for
McGovern. And it may be my last vote unless a credible third party
enters politics. The problems facing any third party seem
insurmountable now but when the epic scale of the problems facing
America become obvious to all and the crisis is upon us, there will be
an opportunity for change. Unfortunately, even to the bitter end,
powerful vested interests will fight bloody battles to retain their
perks and entitlements (note the powerful emotional connotations in the
trigger word, "entitlement"!) For example, even the simplest, most
reasonable partial solutions to our chronic budget deficits, such as
decriminalization of soft drugs like pot, will run into opposition from the powerful prison guard union
(not to mention the police unions!) Imagine that -- remedying an
injustice and freeing millions of non-violent people from "The System"
would mean job losses for prison guards. Can't have that, eh? And
imagine the confusion we'll face! Can we have "worker solidarity" with
prison guards? Will we take to the streets in protest to re-imprison
weed smokers so that our badge-wearing brothers can continue to earn
$40,000 a year plus full medical, pension and vacation benefits?
That is just one example of society's dependence upon the status quo of government spending. No matter how wastefully stupid
and backassward the government policy may be, there are sure to be at
least a million people who count on it for a paycheck. In this era of
outsourcing, "good" jobs like "Correctional Officer" are not easy to find.
I wish that I had some simple answers right now. Or even complicated
answers. Many futures are possible, and the roads we will take to get
there are not on the map. I could say that I don't believe government
will solve our problems, but even that cannot be universally true
because there are always going to be people receiving government
paychecks who see their life work as "public service" (i.e. doing well
by doing good.) Instead I offer only these well-worn tokens:
"Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light." -- Thomas
"Be excellent to each other" -- Bill and Ted
"Logic, logic, logic. Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end."