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|01-07-2008, 11:19 PM||#46|
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Dallas, TX
If you know you're a dumb ass and cannot come up with something remotely smart to say, do not embarras yourself on Internet...Mr. Goodyear. Ah, I remember what a dump that Goodyear was on my way to LA on weekends (from east valley). No wonder you're riding those Korean rims...
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|01-17-2008, 02:36 PM||#54|
To all you lost souls ....
You may be a Liberal If.....
You are against the War on Terror, but are only too happy to make millions of dollars by making movies about it.
You preach about the evils of Capitalism from the comfort of your Beverly Hills estate
You cry about "profiteering corporations", but still demand your weekly paycheck.
You think "rich people" are evil, but are willing to over-look the fact that Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, George Soros, Michael Moore, and Al Franken are "rich", as well.
You scream and shout when innocent civilians are accidentally caught in the cross-fire, but remain silent when terrorists kill them on purpose
You think OJ Simpson is really looking for the "real killers"
You think claim a higher moral ground in opposing the death penalty, but celebrate killing of innocent un-born babies
You think America deserved 9/11
You think the troops are "war criminals", but a thug who killed somebody in cold blood is just a "victim of society"
You think you can give a dollar to somebody, without first having to take it from somebody else
You want to ban and outlaw legal gun ownership, yet the same time; you want to be allowed to have armed guards at your beck-and-call
You think Ted Kennedy knows how to manage your money, better than you do.
You think Saddam, Kim Jong Il, and Castro were fairly elected, but President Bush was not
You fail to see the connection between Lenin and Lennon
You think "tolerance" is reserved for those who share your opinions, views, and ideals
You think the name of God/Jesus should be banned and censored, except when spoken in profanity
You think it was wrong for Bush to use images of 9/11 in political ads, but saw nothing wrong with Kerry using flag-draped caskets in his ads.
You refuse to allow a child to carry a Bible to school, but demand that schools make special provisions to accommodate a non-Christian's religious beliefs.
You whine about religious leaders involvement in politics, but only when the Reverend's name is Robertson...not Jackson or Sharpton
You support radical Judges who interpret what they "think" the Constitution means, instead of what it actually says.
You think the meaning and definition of the Constitution should change, based on your own feelings or opinions.
You constantly cry about defense spending, but scream when bases in your areas are closed.
You think Greenpeace and the Earth Liberation Front burning down SUV dealerships or torching chemical plants "help" the environment.
You support low-income housing, until they start to build in your neighborhood.
You think the term "illegal alien" is a bad word
You think Michael Moore's films are "historically accurate"
You believe the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding
You believe that there was no art before Federal funding
You think the only thing wrong with the forged Rather Memo, was people refused to believe it.
You think girls should be allowed to go to an all-boy school, but not the other way around
You support welfare for illegal immigrants who don't pay taxes, anyway
You think Fox News distorts the truth, but Dan Rather reports "honest journalism".
You complain that we never give peace a chance
When asked about your favorite Marx Brother, the first one to come to mind is Karl.
You think NPR is the only really fair and balanced news source
You think race riots are acceptable
You think racial hatred is wrong, but "class hatred" is acceptable
You think that every misbehaving child has ADD and needs to be doped-up on Ritalin.
You think lawsuits that deny any personal responsibility on the part of the plaintiff is justified.
You think the best way to deal with terrorist regimes is to please and appease them.
You are opposed to a military presence in Europe, unless it's to bail out France
You would rather defend Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Saddam and Castro before you defend the US
You think violent gun-crime would automatically disappear if honest citizens could not bear arms.
You constantly equate Conservatives to the likes of Hitler as your only defense
You believe 1 + 1 = 2, or 3, or 4...or whatever it takes to protect the child's self-esteem
You think that porn should be federally protected per Freedom of Speech, but public profession of Faith should be outlawed.
You applaud Jimmy Carter for talking about Human Rights, but screamed and shouted when President Bush actually did something about it.
You think we should have given Saddam 12 more years, and then 12 more on top of that, if he didn't comply by then
You think the UN should be the final authority, even in the U.S.
You think if a person makes more than $50,000/year, then he/she is cheating people and ripping them off.
You think being able to play the President on a popular TV drama automatically equates to "political wisdom" in real life.
You scream and shout about Christians ramming their beliefs upon you, but you say nothing when Atheists do the same
You think it was "un-ethical" for Bush to accept campaign donations from the NRA, but not when Clinton accepted campaign donations on behalf of the Communist Chinese government.
You think if somebody disagrees w/what is being said, they are challenging or denying your rights to Free Speech
You think that poverty is caused by the wealthy
You think the ACLU really gives a damn about individual rights
You think the Dixie Chicks and Tim Robbins should say what they want, but O'reilly, Hannity, and Limbaugh should be censored
You protested American intervention in the Middle-East, because we did not have UN approval, but supported American intervention in Haiti, Somalia, and Bosnia, even though we did not have UN approval.
You screamed and shouted when Ah-Nold allegedly groped women, but cheered when Bill Clinton did the same.
You are against sexual harassment except when committed by a Kennedy or a Clinton
You object to little old ladies wearing fur, but not bikers wearing leather
You believe President Bush is too dumb to be President and Arnold Schwarzenegger is too dumb to be Governor of California, but the Dixie Chicks, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Barbra Streisand, Eddie Vedder and Jeanine Garofalo are qualified to discourse at length on foreign policy
You think Saddam had WMDs when Clinton was in office, but all of the sudden, didn't have them when Bush was in office.
You think the Middle East crisis can only be solved once Israel is wiped off the map.
You believe the Bible is racist, sexist, and homophobic, but think the Koran should be required reading
You consider the Catholic bishops noble and idealistic when they oppose capital punishment and welfare cuts but dangerous fanatics when trying to promote pro-life
You think a lawyer taking 33% from a settlement for his services is fair, but the Government taking 33% of your paycheck for taxes is "too low"
You find Christianity and anything relating to it potentially harmful to you and your children, but you're completely open-minded to Witchcraft, occult-ism, mysticism, ect
You think having an open-mind means being "pro-Gay", "pro-Abortion", "anti-Christian", "anti-Business", and "anti-Conservative"
You think only white people can be racist
You think that tax cuts hurt poor people and are uncompassionate but taking 30% from their paychecks is compassionate
You believe that posting the "Ten Commandments" in schools will hurt the children, but promoting homosexuality and paganism "helps" the children
You think the answer to ANY crime no matter how heinous or serious, is counseling.
You only watch "All in The Family", because Meathead made so much sense
You think Rush Limbaugh and Michael Reagan are mean spirited racists and promote hate crime but Maxine Waters, John Conyers and Louis Farrakhan aren't and don't
You think that Doctors should be made into government bureaucrats, but that lawyers should not
You think O.J. is actually innocent, but that Bernard Goetz is not
You would have supported the war in Iraq, if Clinton or Gore was President
You are against censorship unless it's censoring race, Christianity, Conservatism, Western culture, Rush Limbaugh, or Ann Coulter
You make snide remarks about guys who look at women, but champion Clinton's right to do whatever he wants with his interns
You think that the four cops who beat Rodney King should have been thrown in jail forever, but the four thugs who beat Reginald Denny should get just a slap on the wrist
You get mad when rape victims' sexual history is plastered all over the news media, but demand Paula Jones' sexual history "must be made public"
You hear a news report of a man beat nearly to death because he is a minority or gay and you rally about punishing the bigot who committed the terrible act BUT, if you hear a news report of a man beat nearly to death for his money, and you start talking about the poor disadvantaged person who is forced to commit such acts to survive
You think that pouring blood on a $1,500 fur coat is a sure-fire way to get your message across, but if anyone protests outside an abortion clinic, they're the extremists!
You think that the only way the tragedy at Columbine could have been avoided was to outlaw legal, private gun ownership
You think hunters don't care about the environment, but wacky Seattle folks who have never stepped foot outside of their local Starbucks, do
You think it takes a village, instead of parents, to raise a child
You think tolerance of your opinions and acceptance of your opinions goes hand-in-hand
You believe that doctors are over-paid, but ambulance-chasing lawyers are not
You think that Celebrities and other media icons have the right to Free Speech and those who agree with them have the right to Freedom of Speech, but those who dare to disagree with them do not.
You slam Ah-Nold for his father having alleged ties to the Nazi when you have a known and un-apologetic Klansman and public anti-Semite in your own company (Sen. Byrd)
You think Ah-Nold should not be in politics because he's "just a celebrity", but you would have endorsed Martin Sheen, Sean Penn and company based on that sole criteria
You scream and shout over alleged "violence" in Mel Gibson's "The Passion", yet you ran to see "Kill Bill", "Freddy VS. Jason" , "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and play "Unreal" and "Duke Nuke'em", "Grand Theft Auto", ect. and said nothing about the violence portrayed in those.
You think Hollywood can say or do no wrong and should be treated as such
You think a child who is quietly and privately saying Grace before a meal at school, constitute the said child ramming his/her beliefs upon others
You turn a blind eye to the suicide bombings at the hands of radical fanatics, but condemn Israel and the Western World for wanting to keep their people safe from Terrorism
You think if Sean Penn or Martin Sheen said so, it should be revered as Holy Scripture.
You cheered and applauded when Clinton stated he "smoked pot but never inhaled" and at the same time, screamed and shouted when Rush Limbaugh admitted to being addicted to LEGALLY OBTAINED MEDICATION
You think Freedom of Speech is reserved for those who think as you do, but not for anybody else
You ban the Bible in schools because of Church/State, then welcome Islamic and New-Age, and other religion teachings in the same school
You think every problem can be solved by simply throwing money at it
You think more taxes are an economic cure-all
When a violent crime is committed with a gun, you think it's the gun itself, and not the offender, who is responsible
You blame the NRA, and not the criminals, for violent crime with guns
You think Freedom of Speech and agreeing with what is being said go hand-in-hand
You think everything wrong in the world is automatically Bush's fault and everything right in the world is automatically because of Clinton
You feel people should "share the wealth" (as long as your money is not the one being "shared")
You think that being a Hollywood icon automatically means you are more "in tune" to world events than the leaders of the country
You complain about the SUVs and other less-economical cars, yet you parade around in a 5-mile-per-gallon limo
You think that you can understand politics from Hollywood and activist celebrities without doing any research yourself
You ban Tom Sawyer from schools for being "racist" but you approve of My Two Moms as wholesome and acceptable.
You think every solution to every problem can be solved with bigger Government
You think people should be rewarded for laziness, but hard-working people should be taxed dry
You frown upon self-thought and independent thought.
You think convicted criminals and democratic politicians who screw up are worth understanding and forgiving but conservative politicians and religious people who speak their opinion should be banned from public service.
You think that tolerance equals acceptance and anyone who doesn't accept a liberal cause is a racist or bigot.
You throw down the "race card" as your only argument.
You think terrorists and arsonists who burn down private property and harass businesses are noble but the troops who liberated Iraqis are war criminals.
You think that violent protests and domestic terrorism are how you affect change in our country instead of voting.
You believe people are owed restitution for injuries inflicted on their long-dead ancestors.
You find charisma to be an appropriate replacement for honesty.
You find flashy rhetoric to be a suitable substitute for sincerity.
You don't believe willful omissions of facts should be considered lying.
You have a problem with the mention of God in the Pledge of Allegiance, but have no qualms about it being printed on your wonderful money.
You simultaneously piss on our country and its system while reaping its rewards.
You refuse to acknowledge any contributions to society that were not made by minorities.
You continue to trash America, claiming how horrible and evil it is, yet you refuse to leave
You think Yassar Arafat was deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize
You think guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are more of a threat than nuclear weapons in the hands of a hate filled dictator.
You believe that people should not have to be expected to take responsibility for their actions
Mothers who are drug addicts should be allowed to have children and to raise them while they're addicted.
Capitalism oppresses people and Socialism liberates people.
You think the Government should provide "entitlement" programs, rather than expect us to earn what we have
You refuse to lift a finger to save an unborn baby but at the same time, rush to the aid and defense of violent serial-felons on death row
You think teachers should not use the class-room to promote politics, unless the teacher is promoting anti-Conservative agendas, then it becomes a matter of "Free Speech".
You try to make excuses on behalf of terrorism
You believe in choice except when it comes to retirement, schools, health care, and religious speech
You think Clinton was an "honest and virtuous man"
You believe that unwed teenage mothers should get a paycheck from the Government
You ignore more than 50 years of medical warnings about tobacco use, but when you get cancer, the tobacco company is to blame.
You think society "owes you a living"
You somehow believe that George Bush is more dangerous than Bin Laden, Saddam, Hitler, ect.
You believe conservatives telling the truth belong in jail, but a liar and sex offender belongs in the White House.
You believe that the same teacher who can't teach 4th graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.
You believe that heterosexuality is a learned behavior, but homosexuality is normal and natural..
You somehow think that a President who lied under oath, compromised with fanatical dictators, and gave military technology to hostile regimes is somehow better for America than the present Administration.
You believe that 9/11 was an "Israeli conspiracy" and could never have been carried out by Bin Laden or his cronies
You want to legalize drugs but outlaw tobacco.
You want what you feel "you deserve", instead of what you earn
You think it's OK to be dis-honest, if personal gain is at stake
You can exaggerate the facts and make up fiction to prove your point
You spew out your rhetoric, but have nothing to back it up.
You think that "truth" is irrelevant.
You think the Corporations are evil, but Communism and dictatorships are "noble"
You think the UN is an efficient governmental body
You like to say that you fight discrimination, and then you turn around and give "perks" simply based on race.
You think the Kennedy Family was a "respectable family" but call George Bush a "Hitler"
You think traits like honesty and character are "out-dated"
You think that the minority should have the right to force their will upon the majority
You think 1 white and 20 blacks is "diversity"
You somehow think taking guns away from honest citizens will reduce crime by violent offenders
You somehow think Saddam and Bin Laden are better for the world than President Bush
You believe people should do what you say, but not what you do
You preach "peace" and "love" and "non-violence" and "anti-gun laws" but appear in movies that glorify guns, explosives and twisting people's heads of with martial arts to win over the bad guys.
You deride Bush for landing on a plane to boost moral and show his gratitude to the troops but you praise Clinton for using the military as a social program to force gays into the ranks and lowering moral.
You think the "all Men are created equal" comments in the Declaration of Independence means that they are actually equal in ability (as opposed to being given equal opportunity) and no one should make a choice about them based on their actual abilities to perform.
You think a person's sexual preference, or race, and not their ability to perform, should be the deciding factor in who-gets-what job.
You think demanding respect is more important that actually doing something to earn it
You think the "right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" means breaking into military installations during wartime, stopping commerce, and breaking nudity laws are what the founding fathers meant.
You think Conservatives should be held to a different and higher standard than you are willing to meet, yourself
You claim you are "offended" by Christianity, yet you still partake in the Christmas festivities and demand a paid holiday.
You think SUVs are supportive of terrorists, but houses with 10 car garages are A-OK
You think "choice" applies only to abortion
You scream about our dependence on foreign oil, but refuse to allow us to tap into our own reserves
You think the word "unilateral" is defined as "without France, Germany, and Russia"...
You call Conservative millionaires "greedy", while calling Liberal millionaires "hard working", "creative", or "clever"
One day you label President Bush as just a "stupid hick from the sticks" and the next day call him an "evil genius"
You believe that condoms and clean needles should be handed out at school, but Bibles must not be allowed
You believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides aren't
You believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high
You refuse to wave or salute the American flag, because America has so many things wrong with it
You think since Clinton only "smoked and didn't inhale" pot, it's OK
You preach against racial/sexual bias, but turn around and endorse Affirmative Action
When you boycott a Conservative person and/or company you call it "Freedom of Choice"....but when Conservatives boycott, you call it "McCarthyism".
You think Church/State means that religion should be banned from all aspects of public and private life
You begin every sentence with "I (or we) demand".....
You have ever used the expressions "that poor guy," or "he couldn’t help it" to describe a convicted murderer
You have an "I'm the victim" mentality and every day, milk it dry
You think Barbara Streisand really cares about the Iraqi children
You think Iraq was just a "War for Oil"
You think Bin Laden is not really all that bad, and is just "mis-understood"
You think evangelical is a dirty word
You think the New York Times is a "beacon of truth", but Fox News is just a book of lies
You think Maureen Dowd should get the Nobel Prize for Journalism
You complain that Fox News has a "slight Conservative edge", but say nothing about the far-to-the-Left Liberal bias of CNN, New York Times, BBC, ect
You think Sen. Joseph McCarthy was "evil" but the American Commies he tried to expose within the State Dept were "heroic"
You think Jimmy Carter handled Iran just fine and dandy.
You refer to President Bush a "Hitler" as your defense to any criticism on your stance/position
You think if a Conservative is under investigation, it should not matter whether or not the allegations are true/false, but should be totally based around the seriousness of the said allegations.
You think Jayson Blair is an honest and legitimate journalist
You think that rights of gays, lesbians, drag queens (or kings) should be forcibly recognized, but rights of Christians/Jews should be denied
You believe that we can "spend our way" out of the deficit
No trees should be cut down, even if they're dead
.The government should tax every last bit of your paycheck.
You think that Saddam, Stalin, and Hitler were "noble" and in the same breath, you call President Bush "evil".
You think morals and integrity are not relevant and should not stand in the way of personal gain
You keep calling it "Clinton's Army" and "Bush's economy"
You poke fun at the "cookie cutter houses" in the suburbs, yet live in the city, in a giant brick building called an "apartment", no different from any other in the city.
You would rather have a President who spend his Administration caving in to terrorist demands in a frenzy to please and appease them, rather than a President who is fighting them to make the world a safer place for all..
And Finally........................................... ...........
You think Ralph Nader cares about consumers, Unions care about their members, the ACLU cares about civil liberties, the National Education Association cares about education, People for the American Way care about the American way, and Bill Clinton cares about anything other than Bill Clinton
|01-17-2008, 07:58 PM||#57|
Drives: E90 black saphire 2008
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Denmark, sealand
I sure like Mr. Bush.
I have an import company. We deal in $ worldwide. He managed to make the us dollor so low that i am earning a lot of Euros on that account. Thank you mr. Bush. I now make 7.000$ more on each container from far east then 6 month ago.
In China they are going mad about it and demands to go over to Euro now. (just did yesterday) - but no. Keep Bush where he are so we can make som more money on his mistakes.
|01-17-2008, 09:08 PM||#58|
Is your sig a snapshot from Huckabee support ralley?
Can I use your sig from time to time to debate scottwww?
'13 f30 328i | P7ACA | S563A | S4DLA | Jet Black |
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|01-18-2008, 03:43 PM||#60|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Houston, Tx
Stop bickering like children, and both of you grow up.
Sad how you somehow think that your car makes you better than someone else.
You two obviously weren't raised with the right mindset. -___-
People only know what you tell them. ►Only in ROFL Copter.◄
|01-18-2008, 03:53 PM||#61|
|03-26-2008, 09:20 AM||#64|
This one was emailed to me:
|03-28-2008, 12:11 AM||#66|
The Misunderestimated Man
How Bush chose stupidity.
By Jacob Weisberg
The question I am most frequently asked about Bushisms is, "Do you really think the president of the United States is dumb?"
The short answer is yes.
The long answer is yes and no.
Quotations collected over the years in Slate may leave the impression that George W. Bush is a dimwit. Let's face it: A man who cannot talk about education without making a humiliating grammatical mistake ("The illiteracy level of our children are appalling"); who cannot keep straight the three branches of government ("It's the executive branch's job to interpret law"); who coins ridiculous words
("Hispanos," "arbolist," "subliminable," "resignate," "transformationed"); who habitually says the opposite of what he intends ("the death tax is good for people from all walks of life!") sounds like a grade-A imbecile.
And if you don't care to pursue the matter any further, that view will suffice. George W. Bush has governed, for the most part, the way any airhead might, undermining the fiscal condition of the nation, squandering the goodwill of the world after Sept. 11, and allowing huge problems (global warming, entitlement spending, AIDS) to metastasize toward catastrophe through a combination of ideology, incomprehension, and indifference. If Bush isn't exactly the moron he sounds, his synaptic misfirings offer a plausible proxy for the idiocy of his presidency.
In reality, however, there's more to it. Bush's assorted malapropisms, solecisms, gaffes, spoonerisms, and truisms tend to imply that his lack of fluency in English is tantamount to an absence of intelligence. But as we all know, the inarticulate can be shrewd, the fluent fatuous. In Bush's case, the symptoms point to a specific malady—some kind of linguistic deficit akin to dyslexia—that does not indicate a lack of mental capacity per se.
Bush also compensates with his non-verbal acumen. As he notes, "Smart comes in all kinds of different ways." The president's way is an aptitude for connecting to people through banter and physicality. He has a powerful memory for names, details, and figures that truly matter to him, such as batting averages from the 1950s. Bush also has a keen political sense, sharpened under the tutelage of Karl Rove.
What's more, calling the president a cretin absolves him of responsibility. Like Reagan, Bush avoids blame for all manner of contradictions, implausible assertions, and outright lies by appearing an amiable dunce. If he knows not what he does, blame goes to the three puppeteers, Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfeld. It also breeds sympathy. We wouldn't laugh at FDR because he couldn't walk. Is it less cruel to laugh at GWB because he can't talk? The soft bigotry of low expectations means Bush is seen to outperform by merely getting by. Finally, elitist condescension, however merited, helps cement Bush's bond to the masses.
But if "numskull" is an imprecise description of the president, it is not altogether inaccurate. Bush may not have been born stupid, but he has achieved stupidity, and now he wears it as a badge of honor. What makes mocking this president fair as well as funny is that Bush is, or at least once was, capable of learning, reading, and thinking.
We know he has discipline and can work hard (at least when the goal is reducing his time for a three-mile run). Instead he chose to coast, for most of his life, on name, charm, good looks, and the easy access to capital afforded by family connections.
The most obvious expression of Bush's choice of ignorance is that, at the age of 57, he knows nothing about policy or history.
After years of working as his dad's spear-chucker in Washington, he didn't understand the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, the second- and third-largest federal programs. Well into his plans for invading Iraq, Bush still couldn't get down the distinction between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, the key religious divide in a country he was about to occupy. T
hough he sometimes carries books for show, he either does not read them or doesn't absorb anything from them. Bush's ignorance is so transparent that many of his intimates do not bother to dispute it even in public. Consider the testimony of several who know him well.
Richard Perle, foreign policy adviser: "The first time I met Bush 43 … two things became clear. One, he didn't know very much. The other was that he had the confidence to ask questions that revealed he didn't know very much."
David Frum, former speechwriter: "Bush had a poor memory for facts and figures. … Fire a question at him about the specifics of his administration's policies, and he often appeared uncertain. Nobody would ever enroll him in a quiz show."
Laura Bush, spouse: "George is not an overly introspective person. He has good instincts, and he goes with them. He doesn't need to evaluate and reevaluate a decision. He doesn't try to overthink. He likes action."
Paul O'Neill, former treasury secretary: "The only way I can describe it is that, well, the President is like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people. There is no discernible connection."
A second, more damning aspect of Bush's mind-set is that he doesn't want to know anything in detail, however important. Since college, he has spilled with contempt for knowledge, equating learning with snobbery and making a joke of his own anti-intellectualism. ("[William F. Buckley] wrote a book at Yale; I read one," he quipped at a black-tie event.) By O'Neill's account, Bush could sit through an hourlong presentation about the state of the economy without asking a single question. ("I was bored as hell," the president shot back, ostensibly in jest.)
Closely related to this aggressive ignorance is a third feature of Bush's mentality: laziness. Again, this is a lifelong trait. Bush's college grades were mostly Cs (including a 73 in Introduction to the American Political System).
At the start of one term, the star of the Yale football team spotted him in the back row during the shopping period for courses. "Hey! George Bush is in this class!" Calvin Hill shouted to his teammates. "This is the one for us!"
As governor of Texas, Bush would take a long break in the middle of his short workday for a run followed by a stretch of video golf or computer solitaire.
A fourth and final quality of Bush's mind is that it does not think. The president can't tolerate debate about issues. Offered an option, he makes up his mind quickly and never reconsiders. At an elementary school, a child once asked him whether it was hard to make decisions as president. "Most of the decisions come pretty easily for me, to be frank with you."
By leaping to conclusions based on what he "believes," Bush avoids contemplating even the most obvious basic contradictions: between his policy of tax cuts and reducing the deficit; between his call for a humble foreign policy based on alliances and his unilateral assertion of American power; between his support for in-vitro fertilization (which destroys embryos) and his opposition to fetal stem-cell research (because it destroys embryos).
Why would someone capable of being smart choose to be stupid? To understand, you have to look at W.'s relationship with father. This filial bond involves more tension than meets the eye. Dad was away for much of his oldest son's childhood. Little George grew up closer to his acid-tongued mother and acted out against the absent parent—through adolescent misbehavior, academic failure, dissipation, and basically not accomplishing anything at all until well into his 40s.
Dubya's youthful screw-ups and smart-aleck attitude reflect some combination of protest, plea for attention, and flailing attempt to compete. Until a decade ago, his résumé read like a send-up of his dad's. Bush senior was a star student at Andover and Phi Beta Kappa at Yale, where he was also captain of the baseball team; Junior struggled through with gentleman's C's and, though he loved baseball, couldn't make the college lineup.
Père was a bomber pilot in the Pacific; fils sat out 'Nam in the Texas Air National Guard, where he lost flying privileges by not showing up.
Dad drove to Texas in 1947 to get rich in the oil business and actually did; Son tried the same in 1975 and drilled dry holes for a decade. Bush the elder got elected to Congress in 1966; Shrub ran in 1978, didn't know what he was talking about, and got clobbered.
Through all this incompetent emulation runs an undercurrent of hostility. In an oft-told anecdote circa 1973, GWB—after getting wasted at a party and driving over a neighbor's trash can in Houston—challenged his dad. "I hear you're lookin' for me," W. told the chairman of the Republican National Committee. "You want to go mano a mano right here?" Some years later at a state dinner, he told the Queen of England he was being seated far away because he was the black sheep of the family.
After half a lifetime of this kind of frustration, Bush decided to straighten up. Nursing a hangover at a 40th-birthday weekend, he gave up Wild Turkey, cold turkey. With the help of Billy Graham, he put himself in the hands of a higher power and began going to church. He became obsessed with punctuality and developed a rigid routine. Thus did Prince Hal molt into an evangelical King Henry. And it worked!
Putting together a deal to buy the Texas Rangers, the ne'er-do-well finally tasted success. With success, he grew closer to his father, taking on the role of family avenger. This culminated in his 1994 challenge to Texas Gov. Ann Richards, who had twitted dad at the 1988 Democratic convention*.
Curiously, this late arrival at adulthood did not involve Bush becoming in any way thoughtful. Having chosen stupidity as rebellion, he stuck with it out of conformity.
The promise-keeper, reformed-alkie path he chose not only drastically curtailed personal choices he no longer wanted, it also supplied an all-encompassing order, offered guidance on policy, and prevented the need for much actual information. Bush's old answer to hard questions was, "I don't know and, who cares." His new answer was, "Wait a second while I check with Jesus."
A remaining bit of poignancy was his unresolved struggle with his father. "All I ask," he implored a reporter while running for governor in 1994, "is that for once you guys stop seeing me as the son of George Bush." In his campaigns, W. has kept his dad offstage. (In an exceptional appearance on the eve of the 2000 New Hampshire primary, 41 came onstage and called his son "this boy.") While some describe the second Bush presidency as a restoration, it is in at least equal measure a repudiation. The son's harder-edged conservatism explicitly rejects the old man's approach to such issues as abortion, taxes, and relations with Israel.
This Oedipally induced ignorance expresses itself most dangerously in Bush's handling of the war in Iraq. Dubya polished off his old man's greatest enemy, Saddam, but only by lampooning 41's accomplishment of coalition-building in the first Gulf War. Bush led the country to war on false pretenses and neglected to plan the occupation that would inevitably follow.
A more knowledgeable and engaged president might have questioned the quality of the evidence about Iraq's supposed weapons programs. One who preferred to be intelligent might have asked about the possibility of an unfriendly reception. Instead, Bush rolled the dice. His budget-busting tax cuts exemplify a similar phenomenon, driven by an alternate set of ideologues.
As the president says, we misunderestimate him. He was not born stupid. He chose stupidity. Bush may look like a well-meaning dolt. On consideration, he's something far more dangerous: a dedicated fool.
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