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  •  And all of those things happen (1+ / 0-)
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    against a constantly shifting backdrop of events.  Had there not been the WTC events, perhaps Bush would have been only awful, and not catastrophic. I didn't hold out any hope for him, and given the circumstances of his elevation to office, I was certainly predisposed to cynicism, but the fact is I can't say and neither can you.  None of us knows what will happen during this Pope's tenure, so it's a little early to be writing his final performance review, or predicting what will be in it.

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    by marykk on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:17:44 AM PDT

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    •  oh, Bush would have been awful no matter (8+ / 0-)

      what - he had enough of an established track record to ensure that.

      No matter how hard his handlers tried (and actually largely succeeded) at selling him as something different.

    •  the accession of a new pope is, if anything, (22+ / 0-)

      even less democratic than Bush's selection by a corrupt Supreme Court.

      It's Politburo-style politics--a bunch of old men sit around and decide which one of them gets to sit in the big chair. And then whoever sits in the big chair unilaterally decides who gets to be admitted to the club of old men. Not exactly a recipe for democracy, transparency, or accountability.

      The club picked whoever they thought would best be able to preserve their influence and authority--that's how Politburo-style politics work. So how can you possibly expect anything to change?

      He may talk a better game (pretty savvy branding move to name himself after one of the great friends of the poor), but he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he won't make waves.

      All our major institutions have become hopelessly corrupt and sclerotic. They are no longer capable of reforming themselves. All they can do is rebrand: put on a shiny new facade and proclaim loudly how radical this superficial transformation is, when in reality nothing material changes. This is true of government, business, education, and organized religion. And the selection of this new pope is a part of this phenomenon.

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      by limpidglass on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:03:57 AM PDT

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    •  Bush was a scion (9+ / 0-)

      of the Bush crime family and was seriously damaged goods. Those that ran his administration, Bush1, Cheney, Rummey, Rove and co., had been working for decades to push for the unitary 'executive' they were the powers behind the thone. He was sold as good ole boy you could have a beer with, and appealed to both the crazy Christian right and cowboy loving American's. He was a psycho front-man put in place by the same people that worked to give us Nixon, and Reagan.

      The Obama administration has expanded the Bush abuses of power as well as destroying the concept of common good for 'we the people'. Authoritarian anti-democratic political institutions these days don't allow any single player the power or leeway to direct the "Way Foreword'. Follow the bloody corrupt history, money and the power that installs the heads of state both in our Empire and the Holy Roman Church's.

      Humans give these people their power by the consent to be governed. WTC or not the Bushies agenda had been in the making for decades. The separation of church and state like most of our countries democratic principles and precepts, has become a quaint concept. Scalia and his 'religious' cohorts became the rule of the land with the consent of our representatives from both parties knowing full well what they were installing. The shifting background like the invisible hand of the market is not random it's cause and effect. No authoritarians who attain power and wealth are doing 'god's work' at best they are the better of teh evil that is the dark side of humanity.                      

      'The object of power is power. The object of torture is torture.'

      'God is a concept by which we measure our pain.'            

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