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I'm sure most of us remember Bush having to apologize for calling the war in the Middle East a "crusade." Well, now it seems that he thinks he's in the middle of a "Third Awakening of religious devotion," and that the War On Terra (tm) is a "confrontation between good and evil."

Am I having deja vu, or what?

The juicy details below the flip:

According to a Sep 13 WaPo article,,
"A lot of people in America see this as a confrontation between good and evil, including me," Bush said during a 1 1/2 -hour Oval Office conversation on cultural changes and a battle with terrorists that he sees lasting decades. "There was a stark change between the culture of the '50s and the '60s -- boom -- and I think there's change happening here," he added. "It seems to me that there's a Third Awakening."

Now... a lot of this seems like typical Bushite vagueness, but check out part of what John in DC had to say (please read the rest, it's awesome) on AMERICAblog:

[I]t is completely inappropriate to talk about the war on terror being linked to some alleged Christian revival in America. I thought the war was on terror, not on other religions. Not to mention, is Bush somehow implying that we will win the war on terror by spreading Christianity? Is this a crusade now?

Now, for those who are interested in the code words "Third Awakening, we have this Wiki entry:

Great Awakenings have been marked by the rise of a multitude of new denominations, sects, or even entirely new religions. In addition to completely new belief systems, existing belief systems gain new popularity.

Since religion has often been used to dictate or justify morality, the Great Awakenings have exerted influence on the politics of the United States.

My question is... why do the American people keep letting him get away with this crap? Well... I think I know, actually...

* A percentage dig this dominionist theocratic stuff because it puts them in the "in crowd" and they'll all go home to Jaysus the "god fearing Bush."

* A percentage have no idea he's saying this stuff because the media isn't reporting it widely.

* A percentage don't give a shit.

* The remainder are in the non-Repubican underclass and can't do a thing about it.

Sometimes I wish Jaysus would call these people home so the rest of us can un-fuck-up the country.

Whaddya think, sirs? (Extra points for those who get that.)

Originally posted to willers on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:12 PM PDT.


What's the deal with this Third Awakening thing?

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  •  Already on the Rec list. n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  Wasn't there when I started writing mine (1+ / 0-)
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      I specifically LOOKED to see if anyone had diaried on this topic. ARGH.... I just wasted today's diary and about an hour of my evening for nothing.

      (breaks things)

      Bizarro World sucks... I want to go home to America.

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      by willers on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:06:46 PM PDT

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  •  "He's gone from ignorant to delusional" (1+ / 0-)
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    Somebody posted something like that a few hours ago, that Bush had gone from something bad enought, like incompetent and out of touch, to being delusional.

    I think that one word hits the nail on the head.

    George W. Bush is delusional.

    It's brief even for a sound byte.  For an 'elevator conversation' you could say it, give a little background, and finish with "He really is delusional."

    After pushing that message a couple of weeks, we can progress to, "We need the Democrats to control Congress just to keep him out of more trouble."

    We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on the dryer.

    by david78209 on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:05:37 PM PDT

    •  Did you see him with Matt Lauer? (2+ / 0-)
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      rgilly, subtropolis

      Bush tried to puff himself up like a blowfish in order to intimidate a rather bemused Matt Lauer.  Bush postured and lied and looked like he was either about to start crying or poop his pants.

      Bush is scared. Literally scared out of his mind. Make no mistake about it.  Just look carefully at the video with Matt Lauer.  Bush is literally cornered and shitting himself. He is losing it mentally before the eyes of the world.

      To give you an ancedote: Imagine how you would feel if you knew the majority of the ENTIRE WORLD hated you?  Imagine that a movie came out about your assassination and it was plastered all over the media.  Imagine that you were facing charges of high treason, international war crimes, and charges of criminal negligence, to name but a few.  

      How would you feel?  Would if effect your thoughts, your mind, and your behavior? What would you do? How would you handle it?

      A country is not only what it does--it is also what it puts up with, what it tolerates. --Kurt Tucholsky

      by Eyes Wide Open on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:14:29 PM PDT

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  •  I think your invention sucks Joel. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    (Just going for the extra point)

    This apparent crusade that King Georgie insists upone d will in fact "embolden the terrorists".
    God, help us all. We truly have a moron in the White House.

  •  Bush is usually masterful with his coded language (2+ / 0-)
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    but the pressure and the fear must be getting to him because this "coded" signal to the Christofascists is pretty sloppy. Bush has a history of covering his real metaphysical-political beliefs in innocuous or puzzling language. References to Dred Scot during the Kerry debates, seemed bizarre, ahistorical and awkward to most of us but were pointed signals to anti-choice fundamentalists that he valued their equation (equivocation) of slavery with abortion. Now he is signaling that America is involved in a Crusade against non right thinking Christians and infidels. It's time to dust off Margaret Atwood's The Handmaiden's Tale. I swear for the past three years GW has been reminding me of the Martin Sheen character from The Dead Zone movie.

    There is room for all at the rendesvouz of victory

    by Sansouci on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:42:52 PM PDT

  •  Chimpy's the AntiChrist! (0+ / 0-)

    'Events are in the saddle and ride mankind.' Emerson

    by deepsouthdoug on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:59:00 PM PDT

  •  Sinners in the Hand of an Angry Bush. (0+ / 0-)

    Someone needs a nap.  And a class or two in theology.  And a brain.  Yes, a brain would be nice.


    We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

    by BenGoshi on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 09:03:28 PM PDT

  •  I would pay to see this! (0+ / 0-)

    Ok... close your eyes and imagine this:

    Bush is in prison in the middle east after his trial at the Hague.  Bush dons the "preacher's robes" he has been dying to try on. He begins to preach the "Bush version" of the Bible. (read: radical and nothing to do with Christianity).

    Any thoughts about the outcome of this scenerio?

    A country is not only what it does--it is also what it puts up with, what it tolerates. --Kurt Tucholsky

    by Eyes Wide Open on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 10:00:13 PM PDT

  •  Doesn't Rove have to be involved? (0+ / 0-)

    I see Bush's notion of Christianity as a tribal/racial thing, and he's got a bloodline-pedigree equal to none in American politics.

    Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with religion. The real thing.

    Please, please, can we go all Biblical Christian on him ? ? ? ?

    Quick, start a sect, infiltrate, get invited to The White House, etc. etc.

    I say, play the game right back at him. Quote Jesus at every turn.

  •  Only the 3rd? (0+ / 0-)

    I know historians of religion disagree about how many "Great Awakenings" there have been in the US, but I know that all of them are WAY over three in their count. So where did Bush come up with only the third Great Awakening?

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