I was thinking today how often we just attack those that we don’t care for, and then ignore them altogether when we tire of it.. We seldom take the time to see things from their perspective, or try to understand what it is that makes them so repugnant to us. Today I thought I’d give it a shot. Defending them I mean. I’m not that much into attacking people. Lets start with a toughie
George Bush – Can you imagine growing up the son of a famous and powerful right wing conservative in the state of Texas? Can you even begin to contemplate the extra level of hell that would add to being a teenager? Especially in Texas. All the funner parts of being a teen in Texas would be off limits. No ungulate sex, no target practice on the Rio Grande, no brokeback mountain moments at summer camp? Poor kid would’ve been better off in Arkansas, where at least the animal sex isn’t frowned upon.
George also had to live with the perpetual realization that mom and dad really did like Jeb better. C’mon, you got one kid that passes for retarded in social settings, is wrong most of the time and never admits(or realizes it), and walks around with a “dummer’n a stump but I can out smirk you” look on his face: and then you have a kid who is bright, articulate, charismatic, and reasonable. Which do you like better? Yeah, whatever…tell yourself that.
Is it really so hard to understand that a George just starting to find acceptance in a world full of Visigoths and Stoners(yeah, Yale…what did you think I was talking about?), would leap at the chance to join an all male secret society? Thats like being invited to play in the treehouse when you’re an outcast kid. Of course he joined, and wore his underwear backwards for easy access just like the rule book says. George was metastisizing from “Thats George we don’t really like him” To “That’s George, we don’t like him at all, but we can maybe use him in the future.” Being used is better than no acceptance at all so George was happy to take a seat on the bench where the smart boys played.
It served him well to later on, but not before a nice long haitus into the world of sowing his wild oats. Hell, who wouldn’t. You get tired of being in the shadow I would suppose, and George decided a little hard drinking, whoring, and an occassional coke binge would help level him mentally. Now I ask, in all seriousness, who hasn’t felt the need to do this once or twice in a lifetime? I know the everybody else does it excuse is weak, but everybody else uses it, and if everybody else uses it then, it’s ok by George.
So George meets god, finds girl, and becomes preesident. Almost as simple as that. A couple of stints as a wildly popular and successful governor of the great northern territory of Mexico (Texas) and it was off to the White House. Dick Cheney and Karl Rove as caretakers have been in attendance ever since, and poor old George isn’t even allowed to touch the Porridge if it is to hot.
Here’s the thing. Other than a rich daddy this guy was an average no plans for the future, waste of life thirty year old guy. And in the span of 25 years he became the President of the United States. Without any particularly amazing skills as a diplomat, no overamped intellect, no credible history of leadership ability. He was Re-elected as a governor, he was re-elected as the president, and he has, for better or worse, controlled the agenda for almost a decade in american politics.
I know that the man has a lot of smart people around him making him what he is, for better or worse. He still is the one who is in the bullseye, and has handled it quite effectively (this does not imply that I feel he did so successfully, just effectively) for going on two decades in the Texas State house and the White House. He has done so in the face of a withering storm of livid commentary, with a level of aplomb that is kind of admirable. He has suffered some of the lowest levels of popularity in presidential history, and still has outscored the congress over the same time period.
He does it because he believes exactly what he is saying, or being told to say. He doesn’t doubt that his chosen course in regards to the middle east is the right thing to be doing. I and a lot of folks disagree, but he hasn’t equivocated in his desire or his efforts to forward his agenda. His administration has altered (again, for better or worse) the course of American politics. They have changed the way seperation of powers work, and in fact several articles of the constitution. His war on terror has forever altered the landscape of American life, and our position in the global world. May god have mercy on his soul.
Point being, if he’s such a pathetic cretin, what’s your story? What have you done since you were thirty?