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A place in the Existentialists Hall of Fame for 43?

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It would be easier to preach the gospel of Ferdinand at a bull fight than it would be to get the Hartman, Maddow, and Malloy fans to second the idea that Bush was an outstanding example of Existentialism in action. Note the words "in action." Isn't a part of Existentialism the "to be is to do" school of thought? If George W. Bush instinctively acted in an Existential way, without bothering to put "<em>Being and Nothingness</em>" on his famed reading list, then he was an Existentialist and thus eligible for membership in the Existentialists Hall of Fame.

Didn't 43 cause a ruckus when he casually mentioned that "Le Stranger" was on his reading list?

On the web site for PrincetonUniversity this definition of an existentialist will be found: "a philosopher who emphasizes freedom of choice and personal responsibility but who regards human existence in a hostile universe as unexplainable." So Bush and Cheney decide they gonna kick Saddam's ass, they get a convenient excuse, they replace a Congressional Declaration of War with a clause in the doctrine of Executive Privilege, they replace the Chancellor-for-life title with Commander-in-Chief, and then when the war goes into extra innings, they hide behind a tsunami of "no one could have possibly forseen" bullshit, and if that doesn't fit the definition of Existentialist, then this columnist had better start singing the song with the line about "gimme three steps towards the door."

In "The Rebel," Camus wrote: "The advocate of crime really only respects two kinds of power: one, which he finds in his own class, founded on the accident of birth, and the other by which, through sheer villainy, an underdog raises himself to the level of the libertines of noble birth whom Sade makes his heroes." Do you seriously think, if Camus were alive today, that he would be doing political punditry for Fox. They just couldn't hire the man who said: "A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad."

Camus again: "I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules." Does that mean that sidestepping the Geneva conventions and leading the Christians for Torture posse qualifies Dubya for membership in the Existentialists Hall of Fame? Isn't the Bush Family motto: "f*ck your rules!"?

"When one has served in a war, one hardly knows what a dead man is, after a while. And since a dead man has no substance unless one has actually seen him dead, a hundred million corpses broadcast through history are no more than a puff of smoke in the imagination." Isn't it obvious that George W. Bush would concur completely with that Camus quote? When one has served as a pilot in an Air National Guard unit that can't provide the type of aircraft that one had been trained to fly, doesn't that leave the fellow free to choose to become the Commander-in-chief and thus be free of messy encumbrances derived from dead bodies?

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