I Watched and Listened

It’s a true shame to replace the last picture with this one. But I do like this picture of Bush. It makes his shirt and tie glow with an almost holy light. Still, it was nicer looking at the speedos with a smile.

This morning, or evening, depending on your perspective, during my workout, a Bush press conference appeared on CNN. With all the maddening things going on, I thought I’d listen to him. Intently.

I think it’s possible he might be brain damaged. Perhaps from all the alcohol and partying – I’m not sure. But it’s certain there is something unright in the way his brain works.

It is a common characteristic of brilliant people to jump and gloss through subject matter when communicating with people who do not share their frames of reference within a detailed subject. Bush exhibits these characteristics but without an indication that it’s related in the least to areas of subject depth and complexity.

I have seen similar behavioural patterns in people who speak to large groups, though. It’s usually when these people have no idea what they’re talking about yet must remain authoritative. This would also explain the narrow and repetitive subject matter.

It was interesting – one of the reporters asked President Bush a question about an Amnesty International report on the United States’ “secret” locations around the world where they continue to “disappear” people to when they need to escape US Constitutional protections.

This reporter asked, is this true? And also, is there any way that President Bush can explain or shed some light on the growing number of countries in the world, including our allies, that view America in such a harsh and distrustful light lately? Why does he think this is happening?

Bush’s reaction was to laugh, and call the Amnesty International report “absurd”. He said that Amnesty International was getting all their information from people who hate the United States and who are trained to lie.

Then he quickly left it at that – did not address why he thought our international image has slipped so far, and went on to the next question.

However, every other question he could ramble on for a very long time, mostly repeating himself over and over.

When asked if he would consider a less radical judge for nomination to the Supreme Court, he responded that we’d have to wait and see if the Senate will approve his current highly controversial appointee to the US Ambassadorship to the U.N.

I thought, this is such a petty little man. So insecure in his own sense of self that he compensates by placing his own ego as the Prime Mover instead of the larger interests of All.

He hides from questions that bring light to the darker side of things, and becomes agitated and angry when he senses it.

And to compensate for that, he touts a glorious moral center that is founded upon his respect for life and the love of God – as if simply saying these words absolves all wrong.

I have seen this often in people. It mostly comes in people who use religion as an excuse, or a pat answer when their egos need one. This is in no way a spritual thing – it is Religion utterly devoid of the spirit.

I know that we have a lot of people like this in our country. They say they are righteous while committing horrible acts. They hate and lie fundamentally while holding Truth and Love on high. They act like they’re smart and don’t need to learn a thing more, while simultaneously knowing deep down they’re so stupid.

I see this all the time.

We all know what’s really going on, and why. I was watching him, marveling at the duplicity. I kept thinking, surely we’re beyond this now… Surely there is warmth beyond such icey chill.