Bush bases his view of history on the Teachings of a Drug crazed resentful Christian Wannabe whose writings, having nothing to do with Jesus' Original ideas, were incorporated into the New Testament by Roman tyrants who proceeded to introduce the western world to self-righteous imperial conquest in the name of compassion and peace.
by Dr. Gerry Lower
George W. Bush, when asked by Bob Woodward "how is history likely to
judge your Iraq war?" replied, "History, we don't know. We'll
all be dead." (Woodward Shares War Secrets, CBS News, 60 Minutes,
April 18, 2004).
It is possible that Bush's comment "We'll all be dead" might only be subconsciously related to his belief in apocalypse. Perhaps he only meant that by the time "history" is written, we'll all be dead of prevailing disease and old age. If that is the case, the man remains a complete idiot. History did not wait for Hitler to die before condemning him, nor did the Republican party wait for Clinton to die before condemning him. History will not wait for George either. The man is already in deep trouble everywhere but in his half of America.
It is not clear just what Bush meant with his remark if taken outside the context of apocalypse. It is more clear that Bush does not know what he meant either, since his remark doesn't make any sense outside of the context of apocalypse. So, what else is new about our affable guy president?
Interpreting a fool might best be left to fools. On the other hand, Bush does fervently believe that he is doing the work of his god, and we can expect the worst. Given Bush's alcoholic indebtedness to the Old Testament apocalyptic religion that keeps him sober, we are justified in examining his remark in that context, even if Bush did not understand the context within which he made the remark.
In one of those rare moments when Bush actually appeared to provide something resembling a direct answer to a direct question, Bush may have let his psychosis (and the psychosis of his neocon advisors) slip into public view, not much of that psychosis and only for the moment, but enough to allow a reasonable appreciation of the deep trouble into which Bush has plunged a frightened and frighteningly naive American citizenry. Conservative Americans thought they were voting for a good religious family man in government and they got a Jim Jones.
"We'll all be dead." By what empirical and historical evidence does this ill-educated, inarticulate Howdy Doody arrive at this conclusion? This may not be a very correct way to refer to the appointed president of the UnitedStates, but do you realize what this man (trained at America's finest universities) is saying? "We'll all be dead." Cute little children in Japan, wonderfully bright students in Ukraine, stressed out housewives in America, marvelous old gentlemen in Norway ... all dead. Just ask George W. Bush. By any sane criteria, this man and his administration are religiously psychotic.
Bush is saying that he and his crony neocon advisors know precisely what makes the world clock tick; they even know who is worthy and who is not. Bush is saying that he alone knows what is going to happen to the entire human race. Bush is saying that the cultural "isms" of the rest of the world (e.g., Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism) are so much intellectual fluff. It is the manly, apocalyptic world of death that Bush envisions, as if a Shinto farm woman in northern Japan would give a rat's ass. Is this an exercise in megalomania or what?
Bush, in claiming that "We'll all be dead" is apparently
aware of ways to kill people even more effectively than epidemic
infectious disease, war and natural death. Despite all of that human
misery, the human population has still managed to reach some 6 billion in
nummber. How does Bush plan to eliminate every last fertile man and woman
on this planet? How much of that global slaughter is Bush going to
implement himself, directly and indirectly, and how much is he leaving up
to his god? Is this an exercise in megalomania or what?
Bush, in claiming knowledge of our upcoming global demise, is implying that he and his advisors alone possess knowledge that ordinary people could never comprehend, hence there is no need for public discussion of the "higher" knowledge driving Bush's political agenda. Because Bush is carrying out his god's work, he actually believes that the world needs the kind of self-righteous, belligerent global "leadership" that he is now famous for providing to former allies. Is this an exercise in megalomania or what?
George Monbiot reports that 15 - 18 % of the American electorate belong to churches which support a literal interpretation of the Book of Revelations. For every one of those people there must be about four more "good" people who go right along with overt megalomania out of loyalty to traditional religious authority and blind faith in their "war president." These are the 49% of the electorate who routinely see the beam in their brother's eye and never the moat in their own.
Written by John of Patmos about 90 AD, the Book of Revelations is an opium-enhanced exercise in Old Testament vengeance. John, a would-be Christian, was so distraught with his treatment at the hands of pre-Christian Romans, he introduced harshly anti-Christian thought into the historical record. Two centuries later, when nascent Christianity was adopted and perverted by the Roman emperor, Constantine, this hallucinatory effort eventually become part of New Testament Roman scripture (despite having nothing to do with nascent Christian doctrine).
The sadly pathetic view which Bush sees fit to impose upon the entire world was written by a chronically-persecuted, terminally-depressed "druggie" living in Roman exile. John's apocalyptic tome was incorporated into Roman "Christianity" by Roman tyrants who proceeded to introduce the western world to self-righteous imperial conquest in the name of compassion and peace.
Four billion years of rigorously-documentable evolutionary progress and the best that Bush can come up with for a finale is death? Millennia of cultural evolution, from the beat of tribal drums to the world wide web, from the depths of biblical despotism to the concept of a global democracy, and the best that Bush can come up with for a finale is death? It would never occur to Bush and his religious supporters that the only thing they are going to eliminate from the earth is vengeance-based religion and corrupt crony capitalism, discredited from the global political arena forever. That is the far more likely outcome. The finale will be the emergence of a global democracy and a new beginning for everything human.
Bush is a man who ought be sent back to a university where he might acquire something resembling a "higher education." It has been a long time since educated people have believed that the earth is flat under heaven's dome. It has been a long time since educated people have believed that disease is godly punishment for earthly sin. It has been a long time since educated people have believed that all people on this planet came from Adam, a man without a belly button. It has been a long time since educated people have clearly opted for democracy over religious despotism.
According to Bush, we do not need to worry about the outcome of his preemptory war on Iraq because "we'll all be dead." There is likely no intelligent response to that ludicrous proclamation that does not employ America's favorite four-letter "F" word. In the world of religious freedom that Jefferson provided for all Americans, Bush has every right to impose his apocalyptic world view on himself. Good for him. Bush has no right whatsoever to impose his apocalyptic world view on another living soul, least of all the children who will outlive Bush by decades.
All thoughtful and caring American citizens ought be afraid, very afraid. Bush is likely inviting us to the People's Temple for a glass of grape Kool-Aide.
Dr. Gerry Lower lives in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. His recent book, Jefferson's Eyes, provides an evolutionary paradigm for comprehending American history. No longer can we afford to see our history as an economic success story. We must see our history as a departure from original values www.jeffersonseyes.com He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org