[FoRK] Final word on Gore's new book, and Bush in the bunker...
Stephen D. Williams
<sdw at lig.net> on
Sat Jun 2 10:54:08 PDT 2007
Oh, man, he's off his meds again... What will it be this time? ;-/
Jeff Bone wrote:
> Lost steam through the latter part of the book, mostly because of its
> flaws. For anybody that's been tracking the rise of the Fourth Reich
> these last several years, there's nothing particularly new or insightful
> here, nor is the argument, really, more than a recitation --- sometimes
> shrill, often repetitive --- of the high crimes and misdemeanors that
> those of us who've been paying attention are already well aware of.
> Perhaps a good overview for those that have been living in a cave for
> the last several years, but it's doubtful that they're going to be
> receptive to anything delivered by the author anyway.
> I really hoped for more. There's some good prose there, and an very
> comprehensive walk-through of problems and circumstances. A decent
> indictment. But I was hoping for something a bit more penetrating and
> analytical; I'd really like to see somebody deal seriously with the
> cultural trends that have created a fertile environment for the
> demagoguery and manipulation Bush and the far right have worked so
> effectively over the last few years. Bush didn't create that cultural
> stew; he (or really, his puppet masters) have merely made good use of
> the situation they've found. And globally we see similar trends;
> somebody should really dig deep into this mass pathology and what
> relationship that might have to the derivative rate of change; I'd also
> like to see somebody really project that forward and try to figure out
> what risks these related trends pose to our species future, and what it
> will take to effectively mitigate those risks.
> One more obligatory quote; here Gore is succinctly making the point
> that I wish so many Bush supporters could "get" apropos our foreign
> policy, and the damage that's been done to it by this administration's
> phenomenal lack of understanding:
> "Our moral authority is, after all, our greatest source of enduring
> strength in the world."
> In other news, this little tidbit hit the anti-Bush grapevine in the
> last day or two. It's hearsay propagated by those with an agenda, but
> nonetheless --- sounds about right. "In Meeting, ‘Wild-Eyed’ Bush
> Thumped Chest While Repeating ‘I Am The President!'"
> "[S]ome big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their
> friend in the White House. The story goes that they got out exactly one
> question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of The President in an
> extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the
> critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he’s doing
> things would be OK…etc., etc. This is called a “bunker mentality” and
> it’s not attractive when a friend does it. When the friend is the
> President of the United States, it can be downright dangerous.
> Apparently the Texas friends were suitably appalled, hence the story now
> in circulation."
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