OK this is my first diary post, and I will try to follow etiquette. A friend sent me this link. If its been in a diary before, I apoligize for not finding it.
To properly cite:
George Bush and the Treacherous Country
By Steve Erickson
Here are some excerpts from the article.
" I am a traitor. I'm not sure exactly when I first knew it. Of course for a long time I resisted it; I had always thought of myself as a patriot. But sometime over the last 15 years I came to sense it, and certainly I understood it by the afternoon last October when the president officially launched his re-election campaign...."
" By all accounts the president believes the 11th of September, 2001, was his hour of destiny, the great event with which he was born to contend. Uniquely in recent history, the al Qaeda attack had about it an unalloyed evil that didn't simply conform to George Bush's worldview but validated it. "
And my favorite paragraph
" In what is still a secular democracy, the president's theocratic values translate themselves into the language of secularism, which is ideology. Bill Clinton's efforts to rip American politics free from ideology failed in part because, to ideologues of the right and even the left, in all his appetites Clinton embodied how an absence of ideology is an absence of morality. From virtues viceroy William Bennett to former Reagan/Bush speechwriter Peggy Noonan, the right persistently equates ideology with character, by which more often than not it means sexual behavior, citing Ronald Reagan as an exemplar and the Clintons as depraved. "They have made the political landscape," Noonan has written of the Clintons, "a lower and lesser thing." To Noonan, ideology is synonymous not only with principle but with a kind of faith. If ideology is theology secularized, then skepticism of ideology is agnosticism or worse."