Curious George

August 24, 2006 by barbara

by barbara

Juan Cole makes a pretty good case for a First Decider in the grip of a narcissistic personality disorder. Satirical with serious overtones, Cole's post is a good read. And it raises yet again the specter of a president whose addictive behavior is putting this country and the world in peril. Every time I let myself think about this, there's a real possibility of projectile separation from my breakfast. It's that bad.

The Flim-Flam Man is now furrowing his brows, pretending to be amazed at the discovery that Iraq is in complete and total chaos. The game that's afoot, I gather, is to try to convince us that he's not intractable after all. That he's just a good man, trying to do his job, and some days, gosh darn it, that makes him a little bit sad.

Folks, we're being had. All of us. Democrats and Republicans and the global community. We have a rogue elephant in the Oval Office. And we have to stop pretending that's not so. George W. Bush is a clear and present danger. "Bush is not content to be the most powerful man in the world," says Cole. "He thinks he is on a mission from God." God must be polling well.

So what's to be done?

-- Nothing? Not an option.
-- Elect Democrats this November? Absolutely. Mitigate against the madness.
-- Impeachment? Takes a lot of time. Makes people cranky. And then what? Cheney or Frist in the Decider's chair with Karl Christian Rove lurking in the shadows? Brrrrr.
-- Intervention? Interesting.

Intervention is a tool used sometimes with out-of-control alcoholics who are highly resistant to treatment. I orchestrated one for my father many years ago. Key people from the life of the person with the addiction (to booze, drugs, gambling, sex, power, or some combination) meet with the intervention facilitator. Strategize the logistics of the intervention.

For George, I'm picturing a team made up of Ann Richards, Eric Shinseki, Helen Thomas, Molly Ivins, Cindy Sheehan, and Al Gore. The place? I'm thinking the golf course in Kennebunkport. At the top of his backswing, the interveners swarm him. Catch him off guard. Make him take his eye off the ball (a skill he has already perfected).

Okay. Bad idea. You have a better one? Because here's the deal. Americans are dying for George. Iraqis'"the innocents and the guilty'"are dying for George. And George doesn't give a rip. Oh, this week he says he does, and his crocodile tears are flowing freely. But it's all posturing and strategy. And as Susan noted yesterday, Republican strategies work to win elections, but not to govern nations - or invade them. We've had ample evidence of that.

Marines who have already given their penultimate measure of devotion are being shipped back to Iraq. The draft is looming. We can't sustain George's wars without one. I'm not willing to sacrifice my grands on the altar of George's ambitions.

Do whatever you can, but do it. Write letters to the editor. Contact the campaign of a Democrat and volunteer some time. Make the biggest financial donation you can afford. Persuade people to register to vote. Plan to pick them up and take them to the polls. There is work enough for everyone and if we want to take back our country, we gotta get personally involved, now.

Yesterday, my adult son asked me to define the difference between Republicans and Democrats. "Republicans care about themselves and Democrats care about everyone else," I said. Sweeping generalizations are dangerous. But I'm going with that one for this week.

AA and Alanon are big on the Serenity Prayer, which a particularly annoying, nit-picking Republican told me is not an authentic rendering of the original. (sigh) Nevertheless, here it is: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Works for me. Ain't no time to cave. Amen and amen.

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