[FoRK] Salon on Bushs' (lack of) Service

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Thu Sep 9 11:20:55 PDT 2004

Isn't he still a spendy frat boy who can't choose his words reliably?
He seems to me to be the kind of father you grow up protecting rather 
than feeling protected by.

The fact that he makes so many hugely inappropriate mistakes speaking 
means that he has a very weak internal sensor and likely a shallow, weak 
understanding.  He doesn't just say the wrong thing, from accounts I've 
seen, he generally doesn't even realize that he's screwed up.

His handlers must be terrified every time he speaks, no matter how much 
coaching he's had.

There are certainly those blindly religious folk who, by nature, ignore 
reality and just have faith.  They are a lost cause; you can only hope 
that their children tend toward a little intellectualism.

In the US, we have had a surge in religiousness, and official political 
kow-towing and lovefest to religious groups, that has been pushing for 
theocracy.  There is a ragtag opposite group that falls, more or less, 
into the rational humanism secular group.  Many in this group are 
religious and represent organized religions, but are not the rabid 
anti-intellectualism type.  It seems to me that the trend toward 
shallow, lazy, mean, and undereducated youth feeds directly into the 
former.  In contrast, the educated, successful, self-reliant, 
intelligent individuals feed into the latter.  It seems that we've been 
swaying toward the former for a while and either based on better memes 
or general improvement in education, work ethic, and the state of 
society, the latter will win only with the right successes.

When people are struggling to meet basic needs, faith is a common coping 
mechanism, but it seems, paradoxically, that when people don't need 
anything and society doesn't really need anything from them, they also 
gravitate toward faith as a purpose.

 From an engineering point of view, faith is a wasteful, substandard 
solution to stability.  There are better psychological solutions that 
more efficiently and reliably improve the ability to reverse entropy.  
(Reversing entropy being the "meaning of life": procreate, create, 
change the world for the better, produce more than you consume (in some 
sense), innovate, or support those who do or might.)


Bill Humphries wrote:

> On Sep 8, 2004, at 11:19 PM, Elias Sinderson wrote:
>> Stung is right... Just one more reason why I like Salon. Big question 
>> - will other media outlets pick this up? Will it matter whether they 
>> do or not?
> I'm wondering if it matters to voters.
> Bush's story is that of the out of control youth who turned to Jesus. 
> And that's a popular story with a lot of voters.
> Putting on the George Lackof hat for a moment: the Conservatives have 
> managed to sell America on the story that from the middle of the 
> 1960's we became wicked and sinful and should be glad there are stern 
> grownups willing to slap us upside the head (or is that pour hot 
> pepper sauce on our tongues) and remind us not to question the 
> situation of our betters.
> Bush is the spendthrift son redeemed as the stern, protecting father.
> -- whump
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